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BLM and Honor Farm to host wild horse adoption

Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports

The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse adoption and gentling clinic Aug. 30-31 in Riverton.

Adoptions held this year are significant because they mark 25 years of a successful partnership between the BLM and the Honor Farm to train and adopt wild horses gathered from Wyoming's public lands. The first cooperative adoption was in 1988. Almost 70 adoptions later, roughly 3,500 wild horses have found new homes after beginning the gentling process with inmate trainers.

On Aug. 30, the Honor Farm will offer a free clinic to discuss the gentling program, followed by a preview of the horses. The clinic will feature demonstrations by Honor Farm training supervisor Jeff Martin who will focus on catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet and beginning to ride. The gentling clinic runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

On Aug. 31, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Roughly 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 Aug. 30 and Aug. 31. A covered four-horse trailer with a swing gate is required to adopt.

The Honor Farm has found that this 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. Inmates who are released after working in this program have a greater chance to succeed in the outside world.

Lunch concessions will be available at the adoption.

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