Wild horse and burro adoption coming up May 17-18 at Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton

Two of the horses that will be up for adoption at the BLM wild horse and burro auction Saturday in Riverton. 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Honor Farm will host a wild horse and burro adoption and gentling clinic May 17-18 in Riverton. 

On Friday, May 17, the Honor Farm will offer a free clinic to discuss the gentling program, followed by a preview of the horses. The clinic will feature demonstrations focusing on 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, May 18, the gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with the competitive bidding beginning at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 35 halter and saddle-started horses, as well as a few burros, will be available for adoption.

The BLM and the Honor Farm is celebrating a partnership of working together for 25 years to train and adopt wild horses. The Honor Farm has found that the wild horse training program contributes to inmate rehabilitation.

All inmates of the Honor Farm are given productive, meaningful work and some spend long days working with wild horses gathered from Wyoming public lands, readying them for adoption. The horses and trainers progress from round pen work, to halter work, then into the saddling and rider acceptance process. This ensures that the horses are not saddled or ridden before the necessary ground work has been completed.

Honor Farm Training Supervisor Jeff Martin sees the results of the wild horse training program firsthand. “Some of these guys have never had anything to care about before,” Martin said. “The horses keep them honest. I get to see positive changes in horses and men every day.”

All horses offered for adoption 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.

Photos of some of the horses and burros available for adoption can now be seen at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/honorfarm.html.  

Lunch concessions will be available onsite. The Wyoming Honor Farm is located one mile north of Riverton. Take US-26 to Honor Farm Road. For more information, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/honorfarm.html or call 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) or you may also call Amy Ruhs at 307-352-0375.  For more information about the Honor Farm, visit http://corrections.wy.gov/wildhorse/HorseHistory.html

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.

These are some of the burros that will be up for auction at the Wyoming Honor Farm on May 17-18

These are some of the burros that will be up for auction at the Wyoming Honor Farm on May 17-18, including three jennies at left.