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Lander bidder won both burros at Honor Farm Adoption Saturday

*Feature Photo: Aries, a 5-year-old buckskin from the Divide Basin Herd Management Area in south-central Wyoming, fetched the high bid of the day. (BLM / Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - Thirty gentled wild horses and burros found homes on Saturday at the Bureau of Land Management–Wyoming Honor Farm spring adoption in Riverton. Attendance was at a near record high—close to 150 potential adopters and interested onlookers gathered for the adoption. Winning bids ranged from $125 to the high bid of the day: $1,900 for 5-year-old Aries. Aries is a buckskin gelding from the Divide Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) in south central Wyoming (see above photo). In addition to Aries, 21 more saddle-started horses, 6 halter-started horses and 2 burros were adopted. [image: Inline image 1] *A bidding war ensued over 3-year-old Dexter, a pinto described by his trainer as a very loving horse who always stays connected with his rider. (BLM / Pitchengine Communities) * According to the BLM, the adopters plan to use their new horses in a variety of ways. Taylor Engum is an outfitter who plans to use the two horses he adopted, Alpha and Daffy, on hunting expeditions in the Bighorns and the mountains around Dubois. “These horses are good for hunting,” said Engum. “They seem to be more alert and see game before other horses do.” “I support this program so much,” said Cathy Purves of Lander, the lucky bidder who took home both burros. “These will be my fishing burros—they’re just the right size to carry our fishing and camping gear into the backcountry. And they’ll become part of our family.” Two adoptions are held at the Honor Farm each year and the next one is scheduled for September 10. For more information about the BLM wild horse and burro program, visit http://blm.gov/hvld. #county10 #news