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Gentled wild horses and burros available at Honor Farm adoption



Wyoming Honor Farm trainers work with horses to ready them for adoption. Trainers and wild horses make positive strides together by learning to respect and trust each other.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse and burro adoption on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Riverton. Pictures of some of the animals available for adoption will be posted all week on BLM Wyoming's social media sites: and    

On Friday, potential adopters can preview the horses and burros that will be available for adoption. The Honor Farm will also offer a free clinic to discuss the gentling program. The clinic will feature demonstrations focusing on catching a horse, advance and retreat, picking up feet, and beginning to ride. The gentling clinic and preview of horses and burros runs from 1-3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 35 halter and saddle-started horses and three burros will be available for adoption. All horses to be offered have been haltered, led, trailered, had their feet handled and are in various stages of the gentling program.

Applications for adoption will be accepted on both Friday and Saturday. A covered four-horse trailer with a swing gate is required to adopt.

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.

The BLM and the Honor Farm have worked cooperatively since 1988 to train and adopt wild horses. The Wyoming Department of Corrections has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the nation, in large part due to the meaningful work accomplished by the Honor Farm inmates, including the gentling of wild horses.

The BLM reminds those planning to attend 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.

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


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