KBR Wild Horse and Burro Information Sheet

Available Horses at the
June 8, 2002 Warm Springs
Wild Horse Adoption

Warm Springs Correctional Center,
Carson City, Nevada

The Warm Springs Correctional Facility gentles and saddle starts estray horses (mustangs) for public adoption. The program is under the authority of Nevada's Silver State Industries and training is under the direction of Mike Horrigan. The Warm Springs program is a working model as to how such a program should be run, with emphasis on safety, humane handling of the animals and honest presentation to potential adopters.
Visitors watching a horse being presented
(For background information please click here.)

Coming to the Facility

While the wild horse pens are separated from the main facility, the adoption is held inside the perimeter of a secure prison. Visitors can park close to the entrance and they should leave knives of any kind, purses, cellular telephones and cameras in their vehicles. Car keys and any contraband will have to be left at the guard station.

For security reasons blue jackets and blue jeans (or any outer clothing that appears blue) are not permitted. Visitors who forget and wear blue jeans will be issued white plastic overpants to wear and may have to take blue jackets back to their vehicles.

Presenting the Horses

All the horses being offered are presented before the bidding takes place. Horses that can be safely ridden in front of the crowd will be ridden. Those with less saddle experience may be saddled and presented in-hand, and occasionally mounted. While all of the saddled horses could probably be ridden, the emphasis is to avoid overstimulating and potentially harming a green horse. Trust between horse and handler must always be maintained. The handler's responsibility is to not ask the horse for more than he can emotionally handle, even though he may want to show how much more that the horse can actually do.

Among the horses being presented in the June offering are:

Black Cloud; 9 year old gelding, 15.2 hands, 900-1000 pounds, black.

Blazer; 2 year old gelding, 14.1 hands, 585 pounds, sorrel blaze (left), rear sock with flaxen mane and tail.

Buck; 4 year old gelding, 14 hands, 750 pounds, buckskin with star snipe and 2 rear socks.

Buddy; 3 year old gelding, 14.2 hands, 700 pounds, red roan with star.

Bukra; 2 year old gelding, 14.1 hands, 606 pounds, black with 2 rear socks.

Dundee; 4 year old gelding, 14.2 hands, 750 pounds, dun with star, strip, and two rear socks.

Smokey' 10 year old gelding, 15.2 hands, 1000 pounds, nearly black.

Tango; 3 year old gelding, 14.1 hands, 750 pounds, sorrel, with blaze and 2 rear socks.

Tyroan; 3 year old gelding, 14 hands, 850 pounds, red roan with 2 rear socks

Note: Photos were taken early in the training cycle.

Chris Pullen and "Black Cloud"

Chris Pullen and "Blazer"

Chris Suggs and "Buck"

Curtis Lange and "Buddy"

Keith Kleghorn and "Bukra"

Jimmy Santos and "Dundee"

Joe Membrila and "Tango"

Chris Suggs and "Smokey"

Chris Suggs and "Tyroan"

Several of these horses received extra work in preparation for mounted police saddle training with the elite Mounted Branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. Due to some delays in establishing import procedures these horses have been made available for public adoption. (The Mounted Branch will likely take horses from the next gentling class.)

Here are some of the comments the inmate trainers had about the horses when interviewed about halfway through their training.

Blazer- "Blazer is a very athletic horse. He is also a very fast learner and takes well to direction." Chris Pullen, trainer

Buck- "Buck stands sure when he's approached in the pen and even in the 50 foot round pen. He does have a lot of energy and needs to be trotted around in the pen to warm him up before you ride. He takes the saddle well and lets you pick up all of his feet. He has no head troubles and I believe he will make a fine horse. I am 205 pounds and he has no trouble with my weight. He also loads into the trailer well." Chris Suggs, trainer

Buddy- "Buddy is a 3-year-old roan gelding with a willingness to learn. He's patient, friendly, and easy to work with. I hate to see him go, but I am confident that he will make a great horse for someone." Jeremy Herr, trainer
(Note: This is the horse that the person inspecting horses for the Mounted Branch fell in love with.)

Bukra- "Good horse, but a bit timid. He's willing to learn. Take your time with this horse and once you gain his trust, he'll work hard for you." Keith Cleghorn, trainer

Dundee- "Very striking in looks as he is dun in color. Star, stripe, snip and three white socks. Quiet in nature and enjoyable to be around." Dennis Dodd, trainer

Tango- "Tango is a 3-year-old gelding that has a lot of potential. Tango wants to be a trusting horse. He gets nervous when introduced to new things, but settles down nicely and learns to accept new things well." Joe Membrila, trainer

Tyroan- "Tyroan seems to have a lot of action in him. He is very good on his front end and with his hind end as well. He has no trouble with you picking up his feet, rubbing his head, and patting him. He can also be saddled without trouble, and he stands still when you're getting in the saddle. He is young and still has a bit more room to grow, so he'll be a pretty big horse." Chris Suggs, trainer

Warm Springs adoptions are typically held on alternate months. Horses remain the property of the State of Nevada for one year after adoption. Title will be transferred to the adopter after this period if the horse has been provided proper care.

For more information, please log onto the Comstock Wild Horse Training Program website at www.silverstateindustries.com/horse.html.

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