Sorrel sells for $5,700 at horse auction |

Sorrel sells for $5,700 at horse auction

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Danny Boy is led away during Saturday's horse adoption event at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City. The 5-year-old sorrel gelding sold for $5,700.
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A 5-year-old sorrel gelding named Danny Boy sold for $5,700 at a horse adoption event held at Northern Nevada Correctional Center on Saturday.

Danny Boy was one of 13 horses to be adopted in the third of this year’s adoption events hosted by the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Following a spirited competitive bid adoption, all of the 13 horses offered were adopted. Bids started at $150. The average bidding price for each horse was $1,432 and the total for all the animals was $18,675. The horses were gathered from herd management areas on public lands in Nevada, California and Oregon and were saddle-trained for four months by inmate trainers in the NNCC program.

The successful bidders officially adopted their new horse, and 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.

The next saddle-trained horse adoption and competitive auction event is Feb. 22, 2014, in Carson City.