Through a joint partnership with the Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas Correctional Industries, and the Mustang Heritage Foundation
(MHF), the BLM offers gentled wild horses for adoption at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. These are animals that have been halter- or saddle-trained by inmates in a rehabilitation program.
This unique partnership adds value to the horses while allowing the agency to offer them for adoption for the minimum fee of $125. This is made possible by Hutchinson’s participation in the MHF's Trainer Incentive Program
(TIP). For each horse the facility trains and successfully adopts, the Foundation pays a stipend to support the training program. Note: Only solid color horses three years old and older qualify for the TIP. Certain special use horses (e.g. driving teams) may be offered for different fees.
In addition to benefitting the horses and the adopting public, the training program at Hutchinson also helps prepare inmates for their eventual reintroduction into society, by instilling important values such as discipline, work and respect. Approximately 14-18 minimum security inmates participate in the program at any given time. As they progress through the program, inmates move from providing basic care for the horses (feeding, watering, cleaning), to actual training, under the supervision and guidance of professional trainers and correctional staff.
The Hutchinson facility is designed to hold 350 horses in multiple enclosures and pens. In addition to boarding and training stalls, there are multiple riding rings and a large enclosed building that can be used for training during inclement weather. The entire facility was built by inmates using donated materials, including surplus highway guardrails from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Untrained adult and yearling horses in holding at Hutchinson are also available for adoption. BLM will pay a $500 care and feeding allowance
to adopters of adult untrained horse (four years old and older).