Adopting a 'living legend' (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A national organization wants you to adopt a piece of American history this weekend.

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 55 mustangs and approximately 12 burros available for adoption on Saturday July 13 at the Oxley Equestrian Center on Cornell University's campus.

These horses were brought in from the west around midnight Thursday night. There was a preview for potential adopters and the public on Friday afternoon.

The BLM says these wild horses and donkeys are straight from the wild, making adopting one a challenging and rewarding experience.

"When you adopt, you're adopting a wild animal," said Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Kristen Fontaine. "Until they get used to you as a human leading them and handling them as a domesticated horse, they need to be in a small corral so they can focus on you and them building that relationship."

The BLM says adopters must have a corral and stock-type trailers for the wild horses and burro.

On Saturday, the adoption is on a first come, first served basis. The equestrian center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The minimal adoption fee for horses less than 3 years old is $125, and $25 for animals 3 and older.

"I look at their eyes, their head, then we look at the rest of their confirmation. We look at their personality kind of," said potential adopter Doug Wolford, of Phoenix, AZ.

For more information on wild horses and burro and how you can adopt one, click here.