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Prison-Trained Wild Horse Adoption a Success in Carson City

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Approximately 200 people attended the first of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City on February 22 hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections. 
 
Following a spirited competitive bid adoption, all of the 15 horses offered were adopted. Bids started at $150 and the event's top bid of $2,300 went for a four-year-old palomino gelding named "Handsome Jack."  The average bidding price for each horse was $1,085.71 and the total for all the animals was $15,200. The horses were gathered from herd management areas on public lands in Nevada and Oregon and were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program.
 
The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse, and must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to the BLM to receive a title of ownership.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 horses and burros into private ownership through the adoption program.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event will be held at the NNCC in Carson City, Nev. on Saturday, May 31, 2014. 
 
More information about these special adoption events is available at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro.html

From the Bureau of Land Management

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