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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) periodically rounds up wild horses, also known as mustangs, in the western region of the country and makes them available for adoption at BLM Wild Horse facilities. The facility in Ewing, Illinois serves as the eastern most holding/adoption center for wild horses and burros gathered from BLM lands in the West. Owned by JC Ourada, the Ewing site serves 31 states under the Eastern States Office jurisdiction of the BLM, including all states east of and contiguous to the Mississippi River.
WSIU InFocus visits the center during one of its adoption events and encounters individuals involved with BLM and those who have adopted mustangs. One wrangler and experienced Mustang adopter, Walt Gentry, demonstrates the successful "gentling" process he has used with the thirty plus mustangs he has adopted through the years. Gentry and his wife, Melody, invites InFocus to their home to see some of his equine protégés that are proof that wild horses can be tamed.
A map to the facility is available, for more information, visit the National Wild Horse and Burro Program website
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