Hutchinson prison to hold annual wild horse adoption event

The Hutchinson Correctional Facility is hosting a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on Friday and Saturday.

Through a partnership with the U.S Bureau of Land Management, the facility is home to hundreds of wild horses, which inmates train as part of a rehabilitation program. The event will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paul McGuire, a spokesman from the Bureau of Land Management, said about a dozen inmates from the Hutchinson facility train horses and prepare them for adoption. The inmates will hold training demonstrations throughout the weekend to showcase their work.

During the open house, people can add their names to the waiting list to purchase a trained horse for $125. The facility also holds untrained horses, and they will be available at the event for $125.

To qualify to adopt, individuals must be at least 18 years old and have no record of animal abuse. An on-site application process will verify that adopters have enough space and proper resources to care for a horse.

The event is free to the public and is at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, which is about 1/4 mile west of K-61 on G Street. For more information call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/whb.

Reach Alyssa Scott at ascott@wichitaeagle.com.