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US government offers $1K to adopt a wild horse

Whoa Nelly!

In an effort to control the population of wild horses, the U.S. government is offering $1000 for anyone willing to adopt the majestic animals, CBS reports.

The current population of wild mustangs totals around 88,000, Gus Warr, a worker at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah, told CBS.

However, he said the land can reasonably support only 27,000 of the large animals.

The BLM said they began the spur-kicking initiative to save costs and support the well-being of the horses.

The government previously gathered over thousands of the wild creatures annually, which lead to some injuries and even deaths, CBS reports.

On average, Warr said the BLM pays around $2000 yearly to care for one mustang after the roundup.

But don’t mount your saddle or get on your high horse just yet.

Between feeding, medical care, and other expenses, the cost of owning a horse amounts to roughly $1828.65 a year, according to animal blog thesprucepets.com.

To prevent cowboys and cowgirls from horsing around and looking for a chubby check, those eligible must have plentiful room for the critter and have a record free of animal abuse, Warr told CBS.

Additionally, those extremely dedicated to helping control the population can adopt up to four horses.

Newly-minted owner Michael Galles told CBS, “I can see why they’re (BLM) doing it because it gets more people to take a chance on a wild horse.”

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