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Release Date: 08/22/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Wild Horse Adoption at Wyoming Honor Farm Draws Near

The upcoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM)/Wyoming Honor Farm adoption in Riverton, Wyo., is much more than your average wild horse adoption. Honor Farm adoptions are coupled with clinics that demonstrate the process by which trainers gentle wild horses, readying them for new lives as working or recreational horses.

The free gentling clinic will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, followed by a preview of the horses. Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin will demonstrate techniques including 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, Aug. 31, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 30 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.

This year marks 25 years of a successful partnership between the BLM and the Honor Farm to train and adopt wild horses gathered from Wyoming’s public lands. The first cooperative adoption was held in 1988. Almost 70 adoptions later, approximately 3,500 wild horses have found new homes after beginning the gentling process with inmate trainers.

Honor Farm Horse Supervisor Jeff Martin says that laying the groundwork is the first and most important step when it comes to gentling a wild horse. “We start with lots of round pen work which leads to the halter stage, saddle acceptance and finally, rider acceptance,” Martin said. “We eventually want to reach the point when we have a horse that says to its trainer, ‘How may I help you? I’d love to do that for you.’ At that point, the horse and the trainer have learned about partnership and respect for each other.”

The Honor Farm has found that this program contributes to inmate rehabilitation success. All inmates of the Honor Farm are given productive, meaningful work and some spend long days working with wild horses and readying them for adoption.

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. For more information, visit or call 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826). For more information about the Honor Farm, visit

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.

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: 08-22-2013