RENO, Nev. — All 17 wild horses showcased at the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries saddle-trained horse adoption event this past weekend were adopted. The event was held on October 14 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center on the south side of Carson City, Nevada.
Seventeen former wild horses from herd management areas located on BLM-administered public lands in Nevada, Oregon and Utah were trained for approximately four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program and offered during a competitive-bid adoption. Successful bidders paid a total of $28,900 for the horses.
With all bids starting at $150, the event’s top bid of $7,100 went for “Squirt,” a 4 year-old black gelding gathered from the Fish Creek Herd Management Area in Nevada.
The successful bidders officially adopted their new horses and after properly caring for them for one year, the adopters are 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 animals available for adoption typically come from overpopulated herd management areas where vegetation and water could become scarce if too many animals, including wildlife and livestock, use the area or due to emergencies whereas the health and or safety of the animal or the public are in jeopardy.
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 235,000 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 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center is scheduled for February 24, 2018.
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 https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro.