The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in coordination with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is offering one halter-trained and up to eight saddle-trained wild horses for adoption. The virtual competitive-bid event will start at 6 p.m. Pacific Time via Zoom on Thursday, March 25.
The BLM gathered the wild horses from overpopulated herds on western ranges as part of its mission to manage healthy horses on healthy public lands. The horses were trained by inmates in the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center wild horse training program in Elk Grove. The training program, established in 2013, provides prospective adopters with horses that have a sound start in their training, while providing inmates valuable professional and life skills.
“Adopters have had great success with horses from this training program,” said Amy Dumas, manager of the BLM-California Wild Horse and Burro Program. “We look forward to placing these animals in loving homes.”
Anyone interested can view horses and information about each animal and learn about the training program at www.blm.gov/cawildhorseadoption.
To bid on horses, prospective adopters are required to:
Complete the BLM adoption application available at https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/4710-010.pdf
Obtain the BLM-issued bidder number to participate by submitting the completed adoption application to Amy Dumas at firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m.
Adopters must meet BLM’s qualifications and facility requirements. Details can be found at BLM.gov/whb. Horses must be picked up from the R3C training facility in Elk Grove on April 10.
For more information, contact Amy Dumas at 916-978-4678.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law on Dec. 15, 1971.
To mark this anniversary, the BLM is holding a series of events around the country highlighting the value of wild horses and burros as enduring symbols of our national heritage.
Learn more at blm.gov/whb/50years.