Saddle up and head for the Saline County Fairgrounds on Oct. 5. The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its third horse auction.

The public will have the opportunity to bid on about 35 retired horses, colts and mules from ADC’s working herd.

Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Saline County Fairgrounds. They may be viewed from 8 a.m. to noon and the sale will begin at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5.

“These retired animals would be great for trail and pleasure riding,” said Shea Wilson, ADC spokesman. “They have served ADC well and we want to make sure they go to good homes. Horses from past auctions found new careers as barrel racing champions and carrying children on pleasure rides, so we’re optimistic this year’s auction will yield similar results.”

Last year’s auction featured 37 animals and brought in a little over $27,000 for the Agriculture Division. The goal of the auction is to provide a means of thinning ADC’s working herd, while making sure the retirees or those not suitable for ADC’s needs find suitable homes with good families.

A brochure with the available animals is available online.

Buyers interested in more information may call Farm Administrator Mark McCown at 870-850-8453 or 870-850-8872.