ADOPTION MADE EASY. At the conclusion of the Extreme Mustang Makeover the participating Mustangs are available for adoption by competitive bid. Through these events the foundation offers the public a special opportunity to adopt a true Living Legend that has 100 days of training.



Are you ready to adopt a wild horse or burro? Just follow these easy steps.





Providing a home for a wild horse or burro is a challenging and rewarding experience. For qualified individuals, this is a unique opportunity to care for, then own, a wild horse (Mustang) or burro.

  1. Select an Extreme Mustang Makeover event 
    – You can find a list of all events under the EVENT tab on this website.
    – Find a location near you.
    – Attend the event.
    – Watch available horses compete in a variety of classes.
    – Visit the Event booth to discuss the adoption or purchase of the animal
  2. Maintain a proper corral
    – Provide an outside corral with a minimum of 400 square feet (20×20) per animal. The corral should not be too large (more than 50×50), as animals are easier to gentle in smaller corrals.
    – All fences and gates must be at least 6 feet (1.8 m) high for wild horses over the age of 18 months. Five foot high fences are allowed for gentled horses, yearlings, and burros.
    – Fencing material should be 2×6 inch wooden planks spaced no more than 1 foot (0.3 m) apart, rounded pipes, poles, or similar materials that do not pose a hazard to the animal. Small mesh, heavy gauge, woven wire fencing with a 2×6 inch board along the top, center and bottom is acceptable. No barb wire, no electric wire, no T-posts. Once gentled, the animals may be maintained in pastures or in box stalls with daily turnout.
  3. Provide a suitable shelter
    Shelters can be three-sided shed attached to the corral, or box stall in barn attached to corral, allowing animal(s) to move freely between the corral and shelter. Shelter or stall space should be at least 12×12 feet per animal.
  4. Provide transportation
    – Adopters/ purchasers must provide their own vehicles or make private arrangements.
    – Standard covered stock trailers and horse trailers large enough for 4 or more horses are generally acceptable, contingent on final approval prior to loading. No 1-Horse Trailers. Two horse trailers are not allowed unless they are stock type, with no internal dividers. Animal will ride loose and must have enough space to turn around.
    – No pick ups with stack racks.
    – Lengthwise and slant-loaded dividers must be removed.
    – Drop ramp tail gates are not allowed.
    – Provide a halter. Halters will be put on the animal by the BLM staff or contractor if requested, and must be provided by the adopter.
  5. Attend a live auction
    Place a bid on your desired mustang(s).
  6. Be prepared for payment
    – Payment may be made by cash, check or money order.
    – The fee is the amount of your winning bid.
    – Payment must be made on-site immediately following the winning bid.
  7. You are ready to take your mustang home
    – Once you have made payment and completed all necessary paperwork, you may take your mustang home.
    – All horses must be removed from the event facility by the following morning.
    – If you have questions post event, please feel free to call Mustang Heritage Foundation, (512) 869-3225 or contact the trainer. You will be provided with their contact information at time of payout.



When you arrive at the event, locate the Event booth where you can apply to bid. Please read the Requirements Page before you submit an application to determine if your facility meets all BLM requirements(click here for more information on BLM facility requirements.)  Include exact information about the length, width, and height of your corral and shelter, and the type of materials used in the construction. Applications cannot be approved until all construction or modifications are completed. Corrals must be 5 feet high for burros; yearlings and trained horses; and 6 feet high for untrained horses 2 years and older. BLM should be on-site to review and approve your application. Once approved, you will be assigned a bidder number. You will use the bidder number to place a bid during the live auction following the freestyle finals. A ticket is required to attend the Top 10 Freestyle Finals but, doors will open immediately following the Top 10 Finals and you may attend the auction without a ticket.

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Attend a Extreme Mustang Makeover and bid on one of the trained mustangs at the event. Mustangs will be auctioned on Saturday afternoon and the top 10 mustangs will be auctioned immediately following the Top 10 Finals event. Click on the map below and find out more about where to attend an adoption event.

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