SACRAMENTO (AP) — Several wild horses are now in homes thanks to inmates at a Sacramento County jail.
Seven mustangs were adopted Saturday, one for a high bid of $600, at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta. The horses were trained by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.
The Bureau of Land Management has placed about two dozen wild horses with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Ranch manager Joe Misner, says the program, which launched last year, is a win-win for both inmates and horses. The inmates, who spend 40 hours a week training the animals, learn valuable skills and lessons, and the horses get enough training to be fit for adoption.
The Sacramento County inmate training program is one of six in the country.