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FRIDAY, July 16, 2010

Horses looking for homes

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LAKESIDE, Calif. (CBS 8) - If you've always had a hankerin' to own a piece of the wild wild West, well partner, this weekend in Lakeside you'll have a chance.

"We've had great success here in adopting these wild horses and burros that are protected by federal law," Art D'Grazia of the Bureau of Land Management said.

This Saturday and Sunday at the Pillsbury Ranch, the Bureau of Land Management is looking for a few good homes.

"We've got some yearlings and some two-year-olds, horses from Nevada, from Wyoming, from Oregon, burros from Arizona and California. They are ready to be gentled and started," D'Grazia said.

Periodically, the Bureau of Land Management thins the herds of wild horses on public lands.

"A lot of people have the misconception that we are removing all the wild horses, and that's not true," D'Grazia said.

Among the lookie loos on Joan Embery's ranch were members of the Fay family.

"We come out here just to check them out. We have one; it's nice to look," a visitor said.

Joan Embery has heard that one before.

"It's kind of fun to watch the patch the people come out and see the wild horses and burros and they say, 'I'm just looking,' and at the end of the day, they come back with a trailer and the kids got a burro or a horse," Embery said.

Former Bureau of Land Management horses like Bubba have been put to good use patrolling the border.

"He loves his job. He's definitely a San Diego horse now,"

Adoptions will take place all day Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until noon. The cost of an adoption is $125.

"They need a good pipe corral -- it needs to be a minimum of 400 square feet, which is about a 20 by 20 (foot) and a small 10 by 10 (foot) shelter. The animal will gentle down in a space like this pretty quickly if they spend the time and have the patience,"

And you too will have a chance to tame the Wild West.

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