Thank you for your interest in the North Dakota Badlands Horses. It is our pleasure to assist you in the process to possibly adopt one of these unique horses. To give you a little more information, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park horses have advantages over most other wild horses. Because they have been born within the boundary fence of the nearly 47,000-acre park, they know what a fence is, and, since visitors can drive the park road, the horses have also seen and heard various kinds of vehicles. Since 2009 the horses have been studied very closely by a research team making them accustomed to having humans near; therefore, though they have not been touched, they are comfortable with people being in close proximity. Most importantly, they will be captured by one of several low stress methods, not large helicopter roundups, and they will be handled as gently as possible. It must be noted that since they are owned by the National Park Service, only Theodore Roosevelt National Park staff will determine which ones are to be removed. These decisions are based on various scientific criteria.

Right on this page you can view and download NDBH documents stating our policy and some recommendations concerning the horses. Once you are familiar with those you can download the application, which you can fill out online and email back to us at NDBH will be using a numerical measurement tool to qualify adopters, so please be as thorough as possible. Please feel free to include additional information or indicate future plans to better meet NDBH policy and recommendations. We want to help you make your experience positive, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and visit with us.

The base adoption fee of $350 will reflect costs to process the animal in order to be ready for adoption. We will indicate what has been done with each individual horse at the time it becomes available for adoption. If there is more than one person interested, an online auction will be conducted. Application and qualification will in no way obligate you to adopt; it will just prepare you, as only those pre-qualified will be allowed to adopt horses.

We are excited to have you become part of the number of happy owners of North Dakota Badlands Horses.


The NDBH Adoption Qualification Team


The North Dakota Badlands Horse (NDBH) goal is to place wild horses from TRNP in a safe environment where they will be gentled and trained, not lost to slaughter.

NDBH does not endorse breeding of these horses because of the availability of other high quality horses coming out of the park in the future.

Proceeds from sales of North Dakota Badlands Horses are used in accordance with and to further the Partnership Agreement with TRNP and NDBH for the welfare of the wild horses.

The adoption fee begins at a base fee of $350 with an additional $200 added to the adoption of a colt/stallion. The $200 will be refunded with the proof of castration from a licensed Veterinarian. The adoption fee covers the cost of Coggins testing, health certificate, brand inspection, worming (if possible), DNA testing to support ongoing research, and a Certificate of Registration (with ancestral DNA report if available) which will be granted once requirements are met.

REQUIREMENTS: horse must be gentled enough to be caught, haltered, and led, and in good condition as shown in digital photos or video. For registration, 3 digital photos (each side of the horse and the full face, showing all markings) must be submitted along with the horse’s registered name and owner’s name and address.

To bid on a horse an NDBH application must be submitted, reviewed by the NDBH Adoption Qualification Team, and applicant approved as a Qualified Adopter before the day of the auction.

Adoption of a NDBH will take place on a live chat session of Facebook. Once the date and time has been scheduled, an announcement will be made via Facebook or email to Qualified Adopters. Prior to adoption photos and/or video of gathered horses will be posted on Facebook for viewing. Actual viewing will be by appointment only through an NDBH representative, when available. The highest bid received on each horse by a Qualified Adopter will be the winning bid.

Acceptable methods of payment are Cash, Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks, or PayPal (PAYPAL IS PREFERRED). Personal checks will not be accepted at this time.

Horses can be loaded only after funds are received in full by NDBH. (Location to be announced.) Arrangements must be made with NDBH if horse is not picked up within 7 days. If adopter cannot fulfil the commitment to pick up a horse, all but $100 will be returned.

These horses were born wild. Therefore, neither NDBH nor TRNP will be held responsible for any issues of temperament, soundness, health, fitness, or level of training of the horse, nor for any injury or damage to persons or property caused by the horses.

If the adopter cannot achieve gentling of the horse or for any reason wishes to sell or give it away, it MUST be to a good home and NDBH must have name, address, email, and phone number of the new owner. NDBH will do our best to help find a new adopter who would have the facility and experience to gentle the horse.

If all quality of life is lost due to age, disease, or injury, humane euthanasia and proper disposal are REQUIRED. These horses may not be sold for slaughter.
Adopters must provide their own vehicles or make private arrangements.

Standard covered stock trailers and horse trailers large enough for 4 or more horses are generally acceptable, contingent on final approval prior to loading.

NO 1-HORSE TRAILERS. Two horse trailers are not allowed unless they are a stock type, with no internal dividers. Animals will ride loose and must have enough space to turn around.

Lengthwise and slant-load dividers must be removed. Drop ramps are acceptable
All activities pursuant to or in association with North Dakota Badlands Horse shall be conducted without discrimination on grounds of race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, disabilities, religion, age, or sex, as well as in compliance with the requirements of any applicable Federal laws, regulations, or policies prohibiting such discrimination.

However, North Dakota Badlands Horse will reserves the right to disqualify anyone based on knowledge of animal welfare issues with that potential adopter.


For success with a NDBH it is recommended that the adopter:
- Have extensive experience in working with horses.
- Have some experience in gentling wild horses or young domestic horses that have not yet been gentled.
- If the adopter is inexperienced, it is highly recommended that he/she work closely with an experienced trainer in gentling a wild horse.
No wild horses, particularly stallions, should be turned out in ordinary wire fenced enclosures.

It is best to have two horses kept together or keep the new horse penned near others that he/she can see.

The first pen for a wild horse should be at least 400 sq ft., but not too large (60,000 sq ft would be pretty large to be able to easily move the horse/horses into a training pen.)

It is best to have a smaller round pen connected to the pen for gentling.

The pen should have a shelter with a roof and at least 2 sides protecting the horse from the wind. Any metal walls must be lined with wood to prevent serious injury. Thick trees would substitute for one side of the shelter if they stop the wind.

Fences should be no less than 5 ½ ft. high for horses 12 months and under and no less than 6 ft. for those older than 12 months.

Fences should be of sturdy wood or metal construction with no more than 1 ft. between rails. Steel mesh may be used if openings are no more than 3 inches.

No sharp edges, protruding nails or screws, etc. should be inside this structure where horse could be cut.

No wire should be used to confine the horse until it is gentle, castrated, and easy to catch, then only well maintained wire fences would be acceptable.

Once the horse is gentle it should have more space to run and move. Stalling is not recommended for these horses but can be used if turnout is often and large enough for the horse to run. These horses are good jumpers so be aware of that even after gentling.
Fresh grass and clean grass hay is recommended. These horses are not used to rich feeds. Small amounts of grain based feed are OK when the horse is growing and if it is very active, but avoid too much grain.

Always have plenty of fresh water available year round.

Supplements are OK but not necessary if the horse has plenty of good clean grass hay.
Castration is highly recommended on all stallions. Talk to your Vet. about the proper time.

Vaccinating for rabies is recommended as soon as possible.

Use other vaccinations as recommended by your Vet. or your situation

Worm with feed as soon as you can get the horse to eat small amounts of feed unless the horse has been wormed at the time of capture. Oral wormers are recommended as needed once the horse is gentle.

As soon as you can handle feet have the hooves trimmed. It often works well to have the farrier trim hooves when a stallion is under sedation for castration.

Have your Vet. or Equine Dentist check teeth as soon as you can handle the horse’s head. This also works well when a stallion is castrated. Pull wolf teeth at this time.

It is wise to have a young horse’s teeth checked often to prevent dental issues.
Gentling should be done slowly and patiently.

Excessive running in a round pen or on a lunge line is damaging to young legs.

Keep training periods short but often with young horses.

Do not tie a young horse solid as it can cause damage, injury, or even death.

Seek the help of a good natural trainer or learn from DVDs and videos from respected, experienced trainers if you are unsure about the gentling process.

Under saddle training is not recommended until the horse is at least 3 years old, although teaching acceptance of a saddle and weight in the saddle is acceptable at younger ages.