Hutchinson Correctional Center
Through a unique partnership with the Kansas Department of Corrections and Kansas Correctional Industries, 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 arrangement adds value to the horses while allowing the agency to offer them for adoption for the minimum fee of $125. Note: The BLM may offer certain special use horses (e.g. driving teams) for varying 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. 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. Inmates built the entire facility using donated materials, including surplus highway guardrails from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Untrained adult and yearling horses at Hutchinson are also available for adoption. The BLM will pay a $500 care and feeding allowance to adopters of adult untrained horse (four years old and older).
The BLM must pre-approve adopters at the Hutchinson facility. Adoption fees for horses at Hutchinson are payable by check or money order only (no cash, credit, or debit cards). The facility is located 1/4 mile west of Hwy 61 on G Street in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Mail applications to:
BLM - Oklahoma Field Office
Attn: Wild Horse & Burro Program
200 NW 4th St. RM. 2401
Oklahoma City, OK 73044
Note: Be sure to include a return address.