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Wild horses trained by Sacramento County inmates available at adoption event

Wild horses halter-gentled by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility in Elk Grove will be among horses and burros offered for adoption.
Wild horses halter-gentled by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility in Elk Grove will be among horses and burros offered for adoption. Photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management

Two 2-year-old fillies halter-gentled at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove are among horses the Bureau of Land Management will offer for adoption Saturday and Sunday in Angels Camp.

The Wild Horse and Burro Adoption will be held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp.

The fillies will be the first horses offered for adoption from the correctional center, which started the program last year, according to a BLM news release. The center provides a short-term holding facility for wild horses removed from the range and inmates train them for adoption.

The BLM will offer 40 wild horses, from yearlings to 4-year-olds, and 10 burros for public adoption. The horses include three geldings and one filly haltered gentled by BLM wranglers.

People can preview the animals when they arrive at the fairgrounds about 4 p.m. Friday.

Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adoptions will begin with an hour of silent bidding at 9 a.m. Saturday. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

The adoption will be held in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of California’s Rendevous at the fairgrounds.

For more information about the adoption event or wild horse management, call the BLM toll free at (866) 4MUSTANGS, or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information also is available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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