Spirited bidding for prison-trained wild horses


All 13 inmate-trained wild horses offered in a competitive-bid adoption event in Nevada have found homes.

About 75 people attended the third of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on October 19. The event was hosted by the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Following what was described as spirited bidding, all of the 13 horses offered were adopted.

Bids started at $US150 and the event’s top bid of $US5700 went for a five-year-old sorrel gelding named Danny Boy.

The average bidding price for each horse was $US1432 and the total for all the animals was $US18,675.

The horses were gathered from herd management areas on public lands in Nevada, California and Oregon and were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the correctional center’s program.

The successful bidders who officially adopted their new horse must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to the bureau to receive a title of ownership.

Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 horses and burros into private ownership through its adoption program.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event will be held at the correctional center on February 22.

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