(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Honor Farm held their spring wild horse and burro adoption and gentling clinic May 16-17. One burro and 22 halter and saddle-started horses found new homes after beginning the gentling process with inmate trainers at the Honor Farm.
Two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year and the next one is scheduled for September 5-6, 2014. This is the 26th year that the BLM and the Honor Farm have worked together to train and adopt wild horses.
Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin demonstrated the gentling process on Friday, emphasizing the necessity to lay the groundwork with the horses. “The repetitive round pen work that we begin with is very important,” Martin said. “It builds the foundation for halter work, saddling the horse and finally the rider being accepted by the horse. Without groundwork, there will be no respect and partnership between the horse and the trainer.”
Approximately 125 potential adopters and interested onlookers gathered Saturday morning for the adoption. Martin and BLM Wild Horse Specialist Scott Fluer talked about the background and experience of each horse as it was brought in by its trainer.
The high bid of the day was $650.00 for a three year old gelding from the Antelope Hills Wild Horse Herd Management Area south of Lander. The average bid for the halter and saddle-started horses was $275.00.
“It was a beautiful day for an adoption and we had a great turnout,” said Fluer, who also served as the auctioneer at the adoption. “The commitment and dedication of Honor Farm staff and inmate trainers in hosting the event was exceptional.”
In addition to the September 5-6 adoption at the Honor Farm, there are several other opportunities to adopt a wild horse in Wyoming this year. The complete adoption schedule can be found by visiting http://blm.gov/hvld. For more information about the Honor Farm, visithttp://corrections.wy.gov/institutions/whf/index.html.
–Bureau of Land Management