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By Elise Schmelzer
Casper Star-Tribune 

Wyoming inmates train mustangs, learn life lessons

 

September 29, 2017

Courtesy/BLM

Before being adopted on Saturday, Sept. 9, Houdini was ridden, by one of the Honor Farm inmates, for the second time ever during the Honor Farm adoption.

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - Men in boots and cowboy hats draped themselves over the white piping of the round pen and watched two of their peers throw a saddle over the mustang's back. The horse kicked up dust as it skittered slightly under the load.

"Whenever you're good," Eric Farrar said, holding the wild horse by its halter.

"I'm ready," Scott West replied, shoving a scuffed boot in the saddle's stirrup.

His voice remained steady, though the 53-year-old inmate was well aware of the risks of mounting a formerly feral horse for its first ride. He knew that without warning or provocation the sto...



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