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Prison trained wild horse auction a success


15 wild horses were previewed from 9 to 10 a.m. The competitive-bid adoption began at 10 a.m. All 15 horses were adopted and the event ended at $13,000.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries hosted this year’s second of four annual saddle-trained horse adoption events May 30 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center south of Carson City, Nevada.

Fifteen wild horses from ranges on BLM-administered public lands in Nevada, California, Oregon, and Wyoming were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program, and offered during a spirited competitive-bid adoption. Successful bidders paid a total of $13,000 for the animals.

All 15 offered horses were adopted after starting bids of $150. The event’s top bid of $2,700 went for a four-year-old gelding named “Paint Chip.”  The average bidding price for each horse was $867.

The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse. After properly caring for their horse for one year, the adopter is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government.

The BLM uses its Adoption Program as the primary tool to place these iconic animals into private care. The horses or burros available for adoption come from overpopulated Herd Management Areas where vegetation and water could become scarce if too many animals, including wildlife and livestock, use the area.

Many people have found it personally challenging and rewarding to adopt a wild horse or burro. Additionally, it is a chance to care for, and then own, a part of America’s heritage. The BLM has placed more than 230,000 wild horses and burros into private care since 1971. Many of those animals have become excellent pleasure, show, or work horses.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive-bid auction event is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, in Gardnerville, Nevada. It’s being held in association with the Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo.

For more information about these special adoption events and how to adopt your own wild horse or burro visit BLM Nevada’s Wild Horse and Burro Program webpage at http://on.doi.gov/1wC4EUT.


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