On Saturday, long rider Samantha Szesciorka was greeted by a score of people at the Stephanie Way trailhead, wrapping up a six-week 550-mile trek from Las Vegas.
Her first horse Sage came up with an abscess to a hoof after around 400 miles.
Szesciorka said that the issue wasn’t ride related, but that it meant Sage couldn’t continue as a mount. Another adopted wild horse, Fremont, carried her for the final 150-mile leg of the ride, which was about a week.
She adopted him from the prison program in Carson City last year.
On June 26, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries are hosting a saddle-trained wild horse adoption at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center located at 1721 Snyder Ave., south of Carson City, Nevada. Public viewing begins at 9 a.m. and a competitive-bid adoption event, conducted by an auctioneer, follows at 10 a.m. The starting bid for all the animals offered is $150.
Up to 14 saddle-trained wild horses from Nevada herd management areas located on BLM administered public lands will be offered for adoption. A catalog of the BLM wild horses offered for this adoption and additional information is posted on-line at https://on.doi.gov/2jE05uy; in addition, videos of the majority of animals offered are posted at https://www.youtube.com/user/BLMNEVADA/playlists.
The animals offered at the adoption event, have been started at the NNCC by inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections program and receive at least 120 days of training. The once-wild horses range in age from 3-7 years old and vary in weight and color.