Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival, June 8-9
In Uah's backcountry there are many herds of wild horses and wild burros, roaming free on the open range. Some are descendents or the original horses brought over by early Spanish explorers. They are considered to be part of our national heritage and are protected wildlife.
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is charged with protecting and managing the wild animals. The horses and burros reproduce so prolifically that, if left unchecked, their numbers sometimes exceed the carrying capacity of the ranges. As a result, "surplus" horses and burros are captured and held in facilities at various points around the West.
The Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival provides BLM with a chance to show off the animals, educate the public, and find people who want to adopt a horse or burro. People who show they have the knowledge and facilities needed to care for the animals are allowed to adopt them. BLM provides training and support to help the adoptive families.
Wild mustangs, as the horses are known, can be gentled and make great riding stock. They are often very sure footed and are great for mountain trails.