Saddle-trained wild horses available for adoption at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

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A group of brown, black, and white horses walking forward.Wild horses will be available for public adoption and purchase, Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, 12500 Bruceville Rd. in Elk Grove.  Photos of the nine available horses are available online at

All have initial saddle training by inmates participating in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department horse training program.  The starting bid will be $300.

“This is a great opportunity to take home a mustang that has had initial training,” said Amy Dumas, manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro program for California.  “The inmates have been training these horses under the guidance of Joe Misner, a highly experienced horse trainer who oversees the RC3 Horse Training Ranch.”

The Bureau of Land Management and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept. created the horse training program in 2014 to improve the adoption rate for wild horses removed from public rangelands and to provide valuable social and vocational skills for inmates.  

Adopters must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.  Information about required facilities is available from the BLM’s wild horse and burro program website at

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