BLM and Wyoming Honor Farm to Host Fall Wild Horse Adoption
The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse and burro adoption and gentling clinic September 11-12 in Riverton, Wyoming. The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses.
On Friday, September 11, 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, September 12, 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 Department of Corrections has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the nation, in large part due to the meaningful work accomplished by Honor Farm 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, visithttp://corrections.wy.gov/institutions/whf/index.html.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
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