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.
For more information, visit www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro.html.