BLM, Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center to offer wild horses for public adoption
ELK GROVE, Calif. — Wild horses that have received initial halter and saddle training will be up for public adoption in an online auction hosted by the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. Photos of the horses and more information about the auction and adoption are available on www.blm.gov/cawildhorseadoption.
Those wishing to bid on the horses must apply to adopt in order to receive a bidder number. The above referenced webpage has a link to an adoption application that must be completed and submitted by July 13 at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Bidders will receive an email with instructions for joining the online auction. To qualify, adopters must meet the BLM requirements posted at https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/adoptions-and-sales. Those who wish to watch the auction can join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/3yXy9s1.
Successful adopters will pick up their animals Saturday, July 16, by appointment at the R3C training facility, 12500 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove.
“While they have had a great start, we consider these horses ‘green’ and ready to continue their training,” said Amy Dumas, manager of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program in California. “We have provided deworming and all necessary vaccinations, and will provide adopters with complete health care records.”
The auction will feature at least three wild horses that have been trained by inmates in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center’s wild horse training program. Additional animals could be offered if they have progressed sufficiently in their training.
The animals are from public rangelands managed by the BLM. They were removed as part of the BLM’s work to manage wild populations at sustainable levels. The training program, established in 2013, provides opportunities for participating inmates to gain valuable professional and life skills while training wild horses for placement into good, private homes. It also provides opportunities for horse enthusiasts to adopt a horse that has had initial training, giving them a head start on training their new horse for a wide variety of activities.
Information about the adoption application is available from Amy Dumas at 916-978-4678 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the available horses is available from JP Dyal at 916-882-7317 or email at email@example.com.
The BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 western states as part of its mission to administer public lands for a variety of uses. The Wild Horse and Burro Program's goal is to manage healthy wild horses and burros on healthy public rangelands as part of a thriving natural ecological balance on the range.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.