The next Northern Nevada Correctional Center wild horse adoption is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017

Northern Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse Training Facility

The Northern Nevada Correctional Center/Stewart Conservation Camp Saddle Horse and Burro Training Program is a cooperative partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections-Silver State Industries. The NNCC is not only a contract holding facility with a capacity of 1,500 animals but it also has a training program where they utilize inmates to train wild horses to make available to the public for adoption. Because the facility is a correctional center, it is a closed facility yet does opens to the public 3-4 times a year during their adoption events.

Through this training program, wild horses and burros are gentled and trained before being adopted. About 60-75 wild horses and burros are trained and adopted at the facility each year. Each wild horse or burro receives approximately 120 days of training, but they are still “green-broke.” They will need daily training and handling by an experienced rider when they arrive at their new home.

The program holds 3-4 adoptions each year and all wild horses and burros are offered through a competitive-bid adoption conducted by an auctioneer. There is plenty of time to preview the wild horses and burros and talk to their trainers before each adoption starts.  Each wild horse or burro is only offered for adoption once during each event. This is an adoption, not a sale. The adopter must take proper care of the wild horse or burro for one year and at that time can apply for title. Once the title is issued the wild horse or burro will then belong to the adopter. 

To be qualified to bid, each potential adopter must fill out an adoption application prior to bidding. You must complete all the required fields and bring it with you on the day of the adoption, or you can fill out the adoption application the morning of the event. Once your adoption application has been reviewed and approved by a BLM staff person, you will be issued a bidder card and be eligible to bid.

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Contact Information:

Northern Nevada Correctional Center
1721 Snyder Avenue
Carson City, Nevada 89701

Hours of Operation:

This is a closed facility and only open to the public during planned adoptions 3-4 times a year. Periodically, horses will be placed on the Internet Adoption but horses may not be viewed prior to adopting.

Driving Directions

From the south (Gardnerville): From South Carson Street/Highway 395
Right turn E. Clear view Dr.
Right turn S. Edmonds Dr.
Right turn Synder Ave.
Left turn at horse adoption sign (very soon after turning onto Synder) 

From the north (Reno):  
From I-580/HWY 395
Left turn Fairview exit (highway ends here)
Right turn S. Edmonds, (across from the National Guard, sharp right turn where Fairview makes a sweeping left turn.
Right turn Synder Ave.
Left turn at horse adoption sign (very soon after turning onto Synder)