Honor Farm Adopts Out Wild Horses

 Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@k2tv.com

  The Bureau of Land Managment along with the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton are hosting their wild horse auction on Saturday. Inmates spend months training the horses and getting them ready for adoption.

 Blueberry, along with 38 other horses and 6 burros will be up for adoption tomorrow by the Wyoming Honor Farm and Bureau of Land Management. 

"We have 20 saddle started horses, 19 halter horses," said Joe Crofts, manager of the Wyoming Honor Farm. "The gates open at 7:30 a.m, we invite everyone to come join us at the Wyoming Honor Farm for the wild horse adoption."

This is the Wyoming Honor Farm's 23rd year working with the BLM to adopt out these once wild horses.

"It helps with the BLM getting the horses off the range. We get to do meaningful work with the inmates to where they get a job where they have to work on themselves before they go back into society," said Jeff Martin, the wild horse supervisor.

Inmates at the Wyoming Honor Farm work side by side with these horses for months, training them and exposing them to the life they might live after the leave the farm.

"Wild horses have a little bit different style of training they receive," said BLM wild horse specialist Scott Fluer. "These horses are just started. They're not finished by any means. But they have a certain amount of time on them where you can handle them, catch them, halter them, pick up their feet."

The starting bid for a horse is $125. Shelly Martin has adopted 5 horses through the wild horse program and plans on adopting another tomorrow.

"We just do pleasure riding, we just enjoy them for ourselves and when we have the opportunity to share them with other people and take them riding, we enjoy that also. But, just pleasure."

The Wyoming Honor Farm and BLM will hold their fall adoption in August.