A two-day event promoting the adoption of wild horses is June 1-2 at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Hutchinson.
Sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, the open house will feature eight saddle-trained horses and a two-horse driving team available for adoption along with several untrained horses and burros.
The animals are wild and have roamed free on public lands in Western states, protected by federal law. Periodically, the BLM removes some animals to ensure the health of the herds. The partnership between the Hutchinson Correctional Facility and the BLM allows for only a limited number of those horses to be adopted.
People can preview the animals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1. Inmates will conduct training demonstrations throughout the day. Gates open June 2 at 8 a.m. for a competitive bid adoption starting at 11 a.m.
Buyers must be approved to adopt through an application process, which can be done during the open house. To qualify for an adoption, a person must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse and have suitable facilities for horses. A person can adopt no more than four animals.
The cost of saddle-trained horses is between $350 and $500. Bidding on the driving team will start at $1,500. Untamed horses are available for a flat fee of $125.
For more information, call the BLM at 866-4-MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) , the Hutchinson Correctional Facility at 620-728-3296, or visit www.blm.gov/nm.