(Riverton, Wyo.) – The 25-year partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Honor Farm was celebrated at the May 22 meeting of the BLM Wyoming Resource Advisory Council in Riverton.
BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson presented the Honor Farm with a plaque to commemorate the successful partnership in which the Honor Farm trains wild horses gathered from Wyoming’s public lands and readies them for adoption.
“Thank you for 25 years of partnering with us,” said Simpson. “By training these horses, you are helping us manage wild horse populations on public lands.”
Simpson also emphasized the Honor Farm’s service to society through its inmate rehabilitation program, which helps transition men in a positive way back into society. “As the statue in front of the Honor Farm says, ‘There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.’ We’re happy to be a part of this partnership,” Simpson added.
“It’s been a win-win situation for the past 25 years,” agreed Honor Farm Ranch Manager Joe Crofts.
The Honor Farm and the BLM held their first adoption in 1988. Almost 70 adoptions later, approximately 3,500 wild horses have found new homes after beginning the gentling process with inmate trainers. Most recently, 19 horses and 3 burros were adopted at the May 18 adoption at the Honor Farm.
Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin has found that the wild horse training program contributes to inmate rehabilitation and teaches important life lessons.
“We don’t want inmates to get out of prison,” Martin said. “We want them to stay out of prison and become law-abiding citizens and good neighbors.”
Two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year and the second will be August 30-31, 2013. In addition, Honor Farm saddle-started and halter-started wild horses will be showcased and available for adoption at Wyoming Mustang Days at the Wyoming State Fair, August 12-17.
Many adoptions are held throughout Wyoming each year. The complete adoption schedule can be found by visitingwww.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses.html. For more information about the Honor Farm, visithttp://corrections.wy.gov/wildhorse/HorseHistory.html.