Trained wild horses available in placement event at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

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Casper Wild Horse Adoption PhotoELK GROVE, Calif. – Wild horses trained by inmates will be available for public adoption from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, 12500 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove. The Bureau of Land Management will offer 10 to 12 horses. 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 BLM-California’s wild horse and burro program. “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.”

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The BLM and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department created the training program in 2014. It aims to improve the adoption rate for wild horses removed from public rangelands and to provide valuable social and vocational skills for inmates. The program has placed 86 mustangs into private adoptive homes. 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.

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.