More than 20 wild horses, including animals gentled and trained to ride, will be offered for adoption March 19 and 20, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp.The Bureau of Land Management will offer 18 wild horses, two 3-year-old geldings gentled under a trainer incentive program, and three 5-year-old geldings trained by Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates to saddle and ride. Eight burros also will be offered.Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. each day. An auction of the saddle-trained horses is set for March 19 at 9 a.m. in Barn One South at the fairgrounds livestock area.Silent bidding for the trained geldings and untrained horses and burros runs from 10 to 11 a.m. with bids starting at $125. Horses and burros not adopted during silent bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the event.Anyone interested can preview all available animals starting at 4 p.m. March 18.The adoption is being held in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of California’s Rendezvous, an event that includes demonstrations, clinics and vendors focused on using horses for back country packing and exploring.Horses and burros up for adoption are from public land ranges in northeast California and Nevada. They were removed from the range in the BLM’s work to manage wild populations at sustainable levels.The saddle trained horses are from a partnership between the BLM and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in which jail inmates train wild horses for adoption and learn skills in equine care and training.For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
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