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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 08/16/10
Contacts: Cindy Ferguson, (307) 856-9578    
  Cindy Wertz, (307) 775-6014    

Wild Horse Adoption Offering 40 horses in August

On Aug. 27 and 28, the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, Wyo., will host a wild horse adoption, one of two held at the facility each year, with 40 horses offered through the competitive bid process.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contracts with the Wyoming Honor Farm to have inmates gentle wild horses throughout the year. After a period of time the horses are offered for adoption to the public through a competitive bid process. Horses and burros in this program are highly sought-after because of the work inmates do in the gentling process. The program is also a benefit to inmates, teaching them life skills that help them to re-enter society after their incarceration. Around 25 saddle trained horses and 15 halter started horses offered at this adoption.

On Aug. 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the free viewing/demonstration clinic will be held during which participants learn about the gentling process and how to care for the horses. On Aug. 28, the actual adoption takes place; the public may begin arriving at 7:30 a.m. to view and examine the animals. At 10:30 a.m. the competitive bidding starts and continues until all animals offered have been shown.

Bidding for each horse starts at $125. At the last adoption on May 22, the average adopted price was $182. The highest winning bid on a single horse was $525. The remaining un-adopted horses from this adoption will continue to be trained, and will be offered again in future adoptions at the Honor Farm, with a few being added to the BLM national internet adoption events.

For more information about the Wyoming Honor Farm, visit

For more information about the BLM Wild Horse Program and other adoptions, visit _Horses.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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-16-2010