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Wyoming Honor Farm horses up for adoption

May 13, 2012 - Staff

The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton will host a wild horse adoption and gentling clinic on May 18-19.

The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses. The Honor Farm has found the program contributes to inmate rehabilitation success.

Trainers and wild horses make positive strides together by learning to respect and trust each other. Trainers learn that through communication, patience and respect, even a wild animal will respond positively.

On Friday, May 18, the Honor Farm will offer a free clinic to discuss the gentling program, followed by a preview of the horses. The gentling clinic runs from 1-3 p.m. and is open to the public.

The clinic will feature demonstrations by training supervisor Jeff Martin focusing on catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet, and beginning to ride.

On Saturday, May 19, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 30 halter and saddle-started horses will be available for adoption.

All horses offered have been trailered and have had their feet handled. Applications for adoption will be accepted on both Friday and Saturday. A covered four-horse trailer with a swing gate is required to adopt.

Lunch concessions will be available at the adoption.

For more information, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html or call 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826).

For more information about the Honor Farm, visit corrections.wy.gov/institutions/whf/index.html.

Firearms, alcohol, drugs and dogs are not allowed onsite at any time. Cell phones, cameras, video equipment and tobacco products must be kept locked in one's vehicle while onsite.

n order to maintain a positive environment for visitors, a reasonable clothing standard must be adhered to. Shorts and form-fitting clothing are prohibited.

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