BLM Litchfield Wild Horse Corral reopens for public visits, adoptions, purchases

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened its Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corral near Susanville for public visits and wild horse and burro adoptions and sales, after a temporary closure was needed to allow a group of animals to recover from illness.

The facility, 21 miles east of Susanville on Highway 395, is open for animal viewing from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Adoptions and purchases are by appointment only. Anyone interested can make an appointment during a corral visit or by contacting the corral at (530) 254-6575.

“We are happy to report that all the animals that had contracted an equine infection known as strangles have recovered completely,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville. “Our staff will be preparing these young horses for placement into good homes.”

Detailed information about adopter qualifications, purchase requirements and facility requirements is available on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program website at

The BLM is responsible under the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act for protecting and managing wild horses and burros on public lands. The agency periodically removes animals from the range when populations exceed levels established to allow wild horse and burro herds to thrive in balance with other range users, including wildlife and permitted livestock. These animals are available to the public at events throughout the country and from BLM facilities.

To learn more about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, visit