Wyoming Honor Farm
Photo by Sarah Beckwith
The Wyoming Honor Farm, located one mile north of Riverton, Wyoming, is classified as a minimum custody facility and is part of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses gathered primarily from Wyoming’s public lands. Trainers and wild horses make positive strides together by learning to respect and trust each other and men are transitioned in a positive way back into society. 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.
Two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year and are accompanied by gentling clinics, during which inmate trainers demonstrate the techniques they use to train wild horses, including catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet, and beginning to ride. In general, approximately 35 halter and saddle-started horses, as well as some halter-started wild burros, are available at each adoption.
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 about the Honor Farm, visit http://corrections.wy.gov/institutions/whf/index.html.
30th Anniversary Adoption Event Information
To commemorate 30 years of gentling and adopting wild horses, the Honor Farm will offer 80+ animals for adoption! You can choose from 40 saddle-started horses; 20 halter-started yearling fillies; and 20 saddle-started, pack-trained or halter-started burros.
On Friday, May 18, gates will open at noon. Come preview the horses and burros and get pre-approved to bid on Saturday. The gentling demonstration clinic begins at 1:00.
On Saturday, May 19, gates open at 8 a.m. Place a silent, competitive bid for a halter-trained yearling horse or a burro. Silent bidding ends one hour after the competitive bid adoption. The competitive bid adoption for saddle-started horses and burros starts at 10 a.m.
All events are free and open to anyone interested in wild horses, the Honor Farm gentling process and the BLM wild horse and burro adoption program.