Friends of R3C

 Horse adoption

  • What is Friends of R3C – we are a group of individuals that are dedicated to seeing the Wild Horse Program at the Rio Consumes Correctional Center (R.C.C.C.) succeed. Not only do we want to see the success of the inmates and a lower recidivism rate, but we also want to help the Wild Mustangs of our American Heritage find caring and loving homes. Our mission is to help promote this program and to inform the public.
  • What is the program about – In 2014 The Sacramento County Sheriffs program in conjunction with he BLM started the Wild Horse Program, the goal is to to help both the Wild Horses as well as inmates. The Mustangs receive care and training from the inmates and are then available for adoption to the public. This helps more than 40,000 wild horses in holding facilities find good homes. The inmates learn valuable social and vocational skills while gentling the Mustangs for adoption.
  • How much training do the horses actually have –  The horses are usually “green-broke” which means they have received up to 120 days of training by the inmates. These horses will continue to need daily training to reinforce the basics that they have learned. Most of the horses will need an experienced rider.

BLM / Adoption Requirements

Providing a home for a wild horse is a challenging and rewarding experience. For qualified individuals, this is a unique opportunity to care for, then own, a “Living Legend” — a symbol of American history — a wild horse.

  • Individual Requirements – You must be 18 years old. Parents or guardians may adopt and allow a younger family member to care for the animal. You CANNOT have a prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or violating the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. You must have adequate feed, water, and facilities (at least 400 Square feet for each animal) to provide humane care for the number of animals requested. You must also provide a home for the animal in the United States until you receive Certificate of Title from the BLM.
  • On adoption day do I have to be present to adopt a wild horse can I send my friend  – You must be present to adopt a wild horse. You cannot send a family member or a friend. The person signing the Private Maintenance and Care Agreement will be the legal adopter and the only person that can apply for title after a year of proper care.
  • What are the facility requirements – The minimum size corral is 20 feet by 20 feet which is also the recommended size until the horse is easier to catch. Even though these horses are “green-broke”, they may still startle easily and attempt to jump over the corral. A corral height of at least 5 feet tall made of heavy duty construction using poles, pipes, or planks with at least 1 1/2 inch thickness and without dangerous protrusions is required. Barbed wire, large mesh woven, stranded, and electric materials are NOT allowed for fencing requirements. You must also provide a 2 sided shelter with a roof within the corral to mitigate the effects of inclement weather and temperature extremes.
  • What are the BLM’s trailer requirements for hauling my new horse home  – BLM recommends stock style trailers; three horse slant load trailers are acceptable. Other type of trailers will be evaluated on a case by case basis. BLM requires trailers to meet the following requirements. 1) Covered top, sturdy walls and floors, a smooth interior free from any sharp protrusions. 2) Ample head room, adequate ventilation and floors covered with a non-skid material. 3) Removable partitions or compartments to separate animals by size and sex, if necessary. BLM personnel will inspect the safety of each trailer and reserve the the right to refuse loading if the trailer is unacceptable.
  • How much does it cost to adopt – Prices vary widely. The bids start at $300.00. It really depends on how many people are interested in one particular animal.
  • Will the BLM take a personal check, do they accept other forms of payment  – The BLM accepts checks, money orders, American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Travelers checks, and cash as payment for adoption fee’s.
  • Can I get a refund or exchange my adopted horse for another in the future – in spite of efforts to provide adopters with healthy animals, situations arise where unrecognized lameness or health problems surface following adoption. Upon request, an adopter may receive a refund for the amount of the original adoption if the following conditions apply: 1) within six months of the original adoption, the adopter provides a signed statement from a veterinarian that the animal died, had to be euthanized, or has been diagnosed with an incurable illness or lameness attributable to a condition that already existed at the time of adoption. 2) The death, development of the illness, or lameness must not have been preventable by proper care from the adopter. 3) The request for replacement, with the substantiating veterinarians statement is received by BLM no later than 30 days after the animals death or diagnosis. 4) The adopter should return live animals to BLM. Should the animal have been euthanized or succumbed, adopters are responsible for disposal of the carcass. While we hope that people are happy with their animals, refunds will not be issued to adopters who decide after taking their animal home that they are not happy with the animal. Credit for another animal may be offered on a case by case basis.