BLM and Wyoming Honor Farm to Host Spring Wild Horse Adoption
The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse and burro adoption and gentling clinic, the first of two to be held at the facility this year, on May 15-16 in Riverton, Wyoming. The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses.
On Friday, May 15, the Honor Farm will offer a free clinic to discuss the gentling program, followed by a preview of the horses and burros that are available for adoption. The clinic will feature demonstrations focusing on catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet, and beginning to ride. The gentling clinic runs from 1-3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
On Saturday, May 16, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Honor Farm Wild Horse Supervisor Curt Simmons and the trainers have a nice lineup of approximately 35 halter and saddle-started horses and three burros available for adoption. All horses to be offered have been haltered, led, trailered, had their feet handled and are in various stages of the gentling program.
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. The Wyoming Honor Farm is located one mile north of Riverton. Take US-26 to Honor Farm Road.
The Wyoming Honor Farm has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the nation, in large part due to the meaningful work accomplished by the inmates, including the gentling of wild horses. Trainers and wild horses make positive strides together by learning to respect and trust each other.
Please remember that 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. In order to maintain a positive environment for visitors, a reasonable clothing standard must be adhered to. Shorts and form-fitting clothing are prohibited.
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 http://corrections.wy.gov/institutions/whf/index.html.