The Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries will hold a saddle-started adoption event at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on Saturday, Oct. 8. Up to 16 saddle-started wild horses and one halter-trained filly, fostered by the Washoe County 4-H group, will be offered for adoption, according to a BLM news release. The horses offered come from herd management areas in Nevada, Oregon, and California.
“Placing animals into good homes is an important and a key part of the BLM's mission to manage and protect wild horses and burros both on public lands and once they are in are in the adoption pipeline” Ruth Thompson, BLM Nevada, Wild Horse and Burro program lead, said in the release. A catalog featuring the geldings, the mare and 4-H filly is available at https://on.doi.gov/2jE05uy. The playlist of videos of the inmate saddle-started horses is posted at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_EpGhIdy7szDP9pcTFOyfU_H57elfN0D. "The inmates have pushed through to have a well started bunch of horses to offer at this event,” Hank Curry, NNCC lead trainer, said in the release. “We not only are offering another mare for adoption but, ‘Dillion’ is a gaited buckskin gelding that travels really nice.” The animals receive at least 120 days of training as part of this NNCC inmate training program. The saddle-started, once-wild horses’ range in age from three to nine years old and vary in weight and color.
The NNCC is located at 1721 Snyder Ave., south of Carson City. Public viewing begins at 9 a.m. and a competitive-bid adoption event, conducted by an auctioneer, follows at 10 a.m. The starting bid for all the animals offered is $150.
Potential adopters are asked to enter the NNCC from the north side and watch for signs and event personnel at the extreme south end of the facility directing event participants to the horse corrals and parking. The public is prohibited to use cell phones, cameras, recording devices or any form of tobacco, while on the premises unless previously approved.
Directions to NNCC: From Minden: Take U.S. 395 North (Carson Street). Turn right on Snyder Avenue (NV State Route 518) and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn right (south) at the NNCC sign and look for directional signs at the far south end of the facility. From Reno: Take I-580 South to South Carson Street and turn North (right). Turn right on Snyder Avenue (NV State Route 518) and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn right (south) at the NNCC sign and look for directional signs at the far south end of the facility.