BLM to hold tour of Axtell, Utah, wild horse corrals

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The 32-acre off-range corral in Axtell, Utah, is shown in this 2015 file photo from the Deseret News.


As published by The Horse

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that it will host a public tour of the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals, in Axtell, Utah, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 19.

The facility is one of two Utah facilities that provide care to wild horses removed from the range. This is the second public tour offered since the privately owned and operated facility opened in June 2015. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility; observe wild horses currently held at the facility, including the some from the Sulphur Herd Management Area that took place in January; and participate in general discussion about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The BLM said a quarantine put in place after some horses at the facility exhibited signs of respiratory disease will not impact the scheduled tour.

The facility is located at 13500 South 10490 West (mile marker 235.2 on Highway 89) in Axtell, approximately six miles south of Gunnison, Utah, and eight miles north of Salina, Utah. Please note that some map applications do not recognize this address.

The facility can provide care for up to 1,200 wild horses and encompasses 32 acres containing more than 40 holding pens of various sizes. Horses residing at the facility receive feed tailored to their needs each day, along with constant access to fresh water via automatic troughs and free-choice mineral block supplements. A veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care as needed.

Horses at the Axtell facility are made available to the public for adoption or sale throughout the year on the BLM’s WHB Internet Adoption site, off-site adoption events and through the BLM’s Adoption or Sales Program across the country. Horses will not be available for adoption during the public tour; however, if there is interest in an animal viewed during the tour, adoption arrangements can potentially be coordinated through BLM personnel and the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility, also in Utah.

To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website.

For more information, contact Lisa Reid, public affairs specialist, at 435/743-3128 or Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800/877-8339 to leave a message or question for Reid. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.