Dozen wild equines bring in $14,350 at auction |

Dozen wild equines bring in $14,350 at auction

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Prisoners with the horses they trained will perform at the Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Dougals County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday.
Special to The RC |

Eleven wild horses and one wild burro brought in $14,350 at a public auction held Saturday at the Wild Horse & Burro Expo in Gardnerville.

The top bid for the animals, who were gathered on public lands in Nevada, Idaho, California and Oregon, was $2,500 went for a 4-year-old gelding named “Sancho.”

The animals were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center program, and offered during a competitive bid adoption.

All of the 11 offered horses and one burro were adopted after starting bids of $150. The average bidding price for each horse was $1,304.

The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse or burro, and they must show diligent care of each animal for a year before they can apply to the BLM to receive a title of ownership. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 horses and burros into private ownership through the adoption program.

Saturday was the third of four annual saddle-trained horse adoption events sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event will be held at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, on Oct. 19.