BLM to auction off wild horses, burros

May 18, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management will auction off wild horses at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton Saturday morning. Wild horses have no natural predators in Wyoming, so the BLM captures the horses and hosts adoptions to control the population and prevent forage scarcity. BLM Wild Horse Specialist Steve Fluer says buyers adopt wild horses for pleasure, novelty, ranch work, and a variety of other reasons. "They’re very agile. They’re very sure footed. They come in a variety of colors. Kinda the mystique to the American public… they’re sort of a legend in the sense. You know, some people just wanna have a wild horse."  Honor Farm inmates have gentled the horses, which means teaching them to be caught, enter a trailer and accept a saddle.  Fluer says new owners will still need to work with the horses they adopt. "What we encourage people to do is if you adopt a wild horse, take them home, continue to bond with them, teach them what you want them to learn. Or maybe you opt to take your horse to a trainer, too." Fluer says five burros will be up for adoption as well. Doors open at 7:30, auction starts at 10.