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Prison-trained horse adoption a success
by Tribune Staff
Feb 16, 2012 | 731 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections on Saturday hosted the first of three annual saddle-trained horse adoption events at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City. 

Sixteen wild horses, gathered in 2010 from herd management areas within public lands in Nevada, Idaho and California, were saddle-trained for four months by inmate-trainers in the NNCC program, and offered during a competitive bid adoption.  Successful bidders from the crowd of more than 150 people paid a total of $8,300 for the animals.

 Fifteen of the 16 offered horses were adopted after starting bids of $150.  The event’s top bid of $1,400 went for a 5-year old black gelding named Sleepy Hollow.  The average bidding price for each horse was $533.

The successful bidders must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to BLM to receive a title of ownership. 

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event will be held at the NNCC in Carson City on May 19. 

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