August 21, 2014
Sixteen former wild horses were up for adoption Saturday at a place you might not expect -- The Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City.
There, an auction was held to place the horses with new owners. The Bureau of Land Management said inmates at the correctional facility helped saddle-train the mustangs. According to BLM's Web site, inmates typically work with the horses for 60 to 120 days. Horses on average sell for $800 to $1,000, according to the site.
BLM said the horses in Saturday's auction were rounded up in Nevada. Too many wild horses in the state can make vegetation scarce for other animals, a BLM official said. BLM's site states there are more than 13,000 wild horses in Nevada.
The next adoption event at Warm Springs Correctional Center will be in early June.
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