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Wild horses and burros up for adoption in Decorah

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

Wild horses and burros are up for adoption Saturday in Decorah.

The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management rounds up the animals, then takes them to sites across the country throughout the year.

Sarah Barthel and her family drove 200 miles to find the right horses.

She's looking to pick out the right one to take home.

"I'm looking for a horse I can train for my son as he outgrows our pony. We're looking for yearling geldings. We're looking for someone with a calm personality," said Barthel.

Barthel and others got a look at about two dozen horses and burros.

They'll be adopted on a first-come, first-serve basis first thing Saturday morning.

"Anybody can come in and get one of these horses. Now, you need to have a pen, some pasture but anyone can come get one of these horses if they're willing to give them a good home," said Dan Russell, Bureau of Land Management Program Specialist.

Prices are $125 for younger animals.

$25 for the older ones.

They were taken from federal land in western states to keep the land and the animals healthy.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say last year's adoption event was such a success, they decided to return to Decorah this year.

Anyone who adopts these animals won't have full ownership for a year.

Government officials check in on the animals within that time.

"When you get one, we're coming to take a look at him and make sure everything's OK. If there's an issue, the U.S. government will take the horse back. We want you to have the horse but we're going to ensure that this horse has a good home, too," said Russell.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say anyone considering adopting should remember they're wild and require gentling and training.

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