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Release Date: 04/29/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM and Wyoming Honor Farm to Host Wild Horse Adoption

The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse adoption and gentling clinic, the first of two to be held at the facility this year, on May 20-21 in Riverton, Wyo.

The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses. The Honor Farm has found that this program plays a big part in inmate rehabilitation. 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 of success in the outside world.

On Friday, May 20, 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 focusing on catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet, and beginning to ride. The gentling clinic runs from 1:00-3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

On Saturday, May 21, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 35 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 Friday and Saturday. A covered four-horse trailer with a swing gate is required to adopt.

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.

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 clothing that is unduly suggestive, form fitting, or exposes an undue amount of flesh are prohibited.

Lunch concessions will be available onsite. The Wyoming Honor Farm is located one mile north of Riverton. Take US-26 to Honor Farm Road. For more information, visit or call 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826). For more information about the Honor Farm, visit

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.

Lander Field Office   1335 Main Street      Lander, WY 82520  

Last updated: 04-29-2011