Horses tamed by inmates have been adopted |

Horses tamed by inmates have been adopted

The Associated Press

CARSON CITY- Eight wild horses broken in by prison inmates under a new state program have been adopted by horse enthusiasts.

A crowd of more than 30 people gathered for the adoption Saturday at the Warm Springs Correctional Center here.

Inmates groom and tame wild horses at the prison as part of a program that gives college credit for an associate’s degree in agriculture.

The program has been so successful that the number of animals in training will double to 16 during the next 45-day period.

Wild horse advocate Dawn Lappin of Reno said the program is a win-win situation for both prisoners and the horses.

”When the program first started … I couldn’t believe what it did for both,” she said. ”It gave them a connection.

”At first both the inmate and the horse had an attitude. They had to develop a bond and trust.”

She said two other prisons, one in California and the other in Colorado, have similar programs.

The Legislature is considering a bill that would appropriate $200,000 to help expand the program that turns some inmates into buckaroos behind bars.

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