Horses trained by Sacramento County inmates offered for adoption

Two fillies halter-trained through a program at Sacramento County’s Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility will be available for adoption this weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport.

The Sacramento Wild Horse Program is a vocational offender program offered through the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Reentry Services Bureau. The fillies will be among the wild horses and burros offered for adoption by the federal Bureau of Land Management on Saturday and Sunday.

Hollywood is a 2-year-old filly that has undergone 60 days of gentling, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. As part of the gentling process, she has received lead training and been saddled.

Cinnamon also is a 2-year-old filly with 60 days of gentling.

In addition to the two fillies, the BLM will offer 30 mustangs and 10 burros, all of which have been certified healthy and ready to train, according to a BLM news release.

The adoption event is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Adoptions get underway with silent bidding from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Animals not taken during the bidding will be available for a $125 fee for the remainder of the weekend. A preview will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States. Adopted animals must be kept in corrals that offer at least 400 square feet per animal and are surrounded by 6-foot pipe and board fences. Two-sided, roofed shelters also are required. The animals must be kept in these confined areas until they can be captured, haltered and led, officials said.

Title to adopted animals initially remains with the U.S. government, but adopters can receive title after providing a year of good care.

For adoption information, call the BLM Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, (530) 254-6575.

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