An Adopter's Story


"A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words."

  ~Beryl Markham


Adopter's Stories
Many people have adopted wild horses, and there are many different reasons why. This page is for those stories. Each month we want to showcase an adopted horse and that horse's story. If you would like to share your story, please send your story and some pictures of you and your horse to

Augustus and Eric Clayton


Leading up to the June 2007 Adoption at Horseman's Park, I had been working with two mares and a jenny, trying not to get too attached as I have always been a gelding kind of guy. This was my first Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and I had been toying around with the idea of coming home with a Mustang. I turned in my paperwork the morning of the adoption and found myself approved, leaving the building with my bidding number in hand. During the months prior, while I was at home on the computer, I would pull up the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Web Site and look at all the animals who would be coming to Las Vegas from the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley (PVC) for the adoption. There was this one grey yearling from Saulsbury that caught my eye, and I would continue to look at his picture every day. There was just something about this horse.

Being that I would be boarding my Mustang, I opted to bid on one of our National Wild Horse Association (NWHA) Gentled Mustangs. At the close of the silent bid, we went to a competitive bid for each animal, and it was then that I was outbid. This was my first adoption, so I knew there would be more, and was basically glad I could have the experience. More importantly, every animal was adopted. The next morning, I woke up with a few voicemails on my phone from the BLM. The grey yearling, who I had verbally expressed my affection for, was left behind and needed a home. The winning bidders never claimed him. The odds of this happening just blew me out of the water, so I made a few calls, and before too long we were headed out to Sandy Valley to Augustus' new home at the Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary.

Since then, Augustus has turned into an outstanding young chap. He has made some wonderful friends out at Shiloh and loves to play chase with me. Also, after doing some research and contacting the BLM out of Tonopah, it turns out that Augustus is a 'Stone Cabin Grey' from the Stone Cabin Herd Management Area (HMA). He was part of the Stone Cabin Complex Gather '07, which included the Stone Cabin, Saulsbury, and Reveille HMA's.

Previous Adopter Stories

Dennis Brown & Zoe

Cherokee & Guy