LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Wild Horse and Burro Adoption kicked off at Burton Coliseum on Friday as the Bureau of Land Management brought 51 horses and burros in for adoption.
The adoption process started at 8 a.m. on Friday with a preview for the customers to shop around and choose their horse or burro. Customers began adopting their horses and burros at 1 p.m.
The wild horses and burros came from 10 different states in the west. The Bureau of Land Management brings the horses to the east as a result of overcrowding on the range.
"We try to keep as many on the range as we can, but they do reproduce at a high rate," said Rinehart. "So when the herds get a little too big then we'll take off the excess and adopt them out."
Rinehart added that it gives horse ranchers in the east an opportunity to purchase wild horses from the west without having to drive so far.
"A lot of people like them because they're a symbol of the old western days," said Emma Rinehart with the Bureau of Land Management. "They're great horses and they're extremely smart and hearty. Everybody who converts to them never wants to get anything else again."
The Wild Horse and Burro Adoption continues through Saturday, December 11th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burton Coliseum at 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.