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Inmate-trained mustangs up for adoption Saturday in Elk Grove

How inmates tame wild horses at the Rio Cosumnes jail

Joe Misner, the ranch manager for Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center’s Wild Horse Program, explains how wild mustangs and inmates in the Sacramento County jail have benefited from a new program to train the horses to become more adoptable.
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Joe Misner, the ranch manager for Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center’s Wild Horse Program, explains how wild mustangs and inmates in the Sacramento County jail have benefited from a new program to train the horses to become more adoptable.

Mustangs trained by inmates at Sacramento County’s Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center will be offered for adoption Saturday at the center in Elk Grove.

A “meet and greet” period is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. at the correctional center, 12270 Bruceville Road. The Bureau of Land Management horses will be presented from 10 to 11 a.m., and the auction will follow at 11 a.m. Bidding will start at $300, according to a BLM news release.

Ten horses, mares and geldings 4 to 6 years old, will be up for auction. The inmates who trained the horses will be working them.

The BLM California State Office entered into a partnership with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 2014 to operate a wild horse holding and training facility at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, and inmates train the wild horses for adoption.

The BLM is responsible under federal law for managing and protecting wild horses on public lands throughout the west. The agency periodically gathers horses and burros to control herd populations on ranges shared with wildlife and domestic livestock. The horses removed from public lands are then offered for adoption.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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