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Saddle-trained horses available for adoption on October 10

By Bob Conrad

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BLM NEWS RELEASE:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture AND the Nevada Department of Corrections invite horse lovers and the general public to a special horse adoption event in Carson City on Saturday, October 10. Saddle-trained horses from the ranges of Nevada will graduate from months of intensive training starting at 10:00 a.m. that day, and all are looking for good homes and enthusiastic owners. This is the last of four saddle-trained horse adoptions scheduled for 2009.

Fifteen wild horses from BLM-administered public lands will be offered for adoption at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC), off Snyder Avenue on the south side of Carson City. Public access to the NNCC corrals open at 9:00 a.m., and a competitive bid adoption conducted by an auctioneer begins at 10:00 a.m. Come join the fun!

The horses range in age from three to five years, are saddle-trained with 120 days of training, and vary in weight and color. The beginning bid on all horses is $150. The horses are trained at the NNCC by inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections program.

A catalog of BLM wild horses offered for the October 10 adoption can be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html. Copies of the handout are also available at BLM offices in Reno and Carson City. Frequently asked questions about the program are answered at the same site.

To pre-qualify for the weekend adoption call, 775-885-6146.

Potential adopters are asked to enter the Northern Nevada Correctional Center off Snyder Avenue on the south side of Carson City. From U.S. 395, take Snyder Avenue east for 1.5 miles to the entrance to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Turn right (south) and watch for signs and event personnel directing event participants to the horse corrals and parking at the extreme south end of the facility.

NNCC rules prohibit the public from wearing any blue clothing, blue jeans, tank tops or shorts. Also, please no cell phones, cameras or recording devices.

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