The park transfers horses through the General Services Administration (GSA) to private citizens under a specific animal property management authority. Park staff capture horses using low-stress herding and tranquilizer darting techniques. The horses are held at park corral facilities where they receive veterinary care, brand inspection, and health certification.
GSA advertises and sells the captured horses through a federal government website auction. Online property profiles include photographs, a physical description, a statement of handling requirements (e.g., required holding facility dimensions and handling experience), and notification that the animals are untrained.
Before being allowed to place bids on auctions, all parties are required to sign a statement of intent (an online process associated with each auction) requiring that animals will be housed in a secure environment and that their health will be maintained. Successful bidders have two weeks from close of auction to pick up their animals from the park corrals.
During 2018, captures will begin in April and auctions are planned to start in late April or early May. In order to bid on a horse, interested parties must register (button at top right of screen) on the GSA On-line Auctions website. Searching for keywords "livestock" or "horse" will display any horses currently being auctioned.