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Saddle-trained horses for adoption at February event

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections invite horse lovers and the general public to a special horse adoption event in Carson City on Feb. 13.

Saddle-trained horses from the ranges of Nevada will graduate from months of intensive training starting at 10 a.m., and all are looking for good homes and enthusiastic owners. This is the first of three saddle-trained horse adoptions scheduled for 2010 in Carson City.

Eighteen wild horses from BLM-administered public lands will be

offered for adoption at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center off Snyder Avenue at the south end of Carson City. Public access to the NNCC corrals opens at 9 a.m., and the competitive bid adoption conducted by an auctioneer begins at 10 a.m.

The horses range in age from 3-6 years, are saddle-trained with 120 days of training, and vary in weight and color. The beginning bid on all horses is $150.

The horses are trained at NNCC by inmates in the Corrections Department program.

A catalog of BLM wild horses offered for the Feb. 13 adoption can be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html. Copies of the handout are also available at BLM offices in Reno and Carson City. Frequently asked questions about the program are answered at the same site.

To pre-qualify for the weekend adoption call, 885-6146. Potential adopters are asked to enter the NNCC off Snyder Avenue.

From U.S. 395, take Snyder Avenue east for 1.5 miles to the entrance to the correctional facility. Turn right and watch for signs and event personnel directing event participants to the horse corrals and parking at the extreme south end of the facility.

NNCC rules prohibit the public from wearing any blue clothing – blue jeans, tank tops, jackets or shorts. Also, cell phones, cameras and recording devices are not allowed.

For more information, call Mark Struble at 885-6107.