Wild horses tamed by inmates go up for auction

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/17/2013 7:40 pm
Carson City, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Fifteen wild horses and their trainers will be showing off their skills at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on May 18, 2013.

The wild horses that will be up for adoption, were trained by inmates at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. It's a program that is changing the lives of those who are willing to put in a little extra hard work.

"We take something that's wild and tame it and this is something that I'm going to take with me forever probably," said Keven Kavanaugh and inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Keven is 21 years old and doing time after a DUI, but now he's trying to make amends. Kevin and 14 other inmates are training wild horses while they serve their time.

Jacob Lidster, an inmate and horse trainer says, "We take the wild mustangs, saddle break 'em and find 'em a good home out in the public. We gotta pay our debt to society, so it's a great way to do it."

Over a span of more than two years, Jacob has trained more than 20 wild horses.

The auction will be the second of three annual saddle-trained horse adoptions each year held by the BLM, the Department of Agriculture and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

The inmates involved in the program say it has changed their lives for the better, "I've learned a lot about horses, but I learned a lot more about myself. I've changed a lot. I mean I used to not be that good of a person," said Fred Winkler, an inmate and horse trainer.

Once a social deviant, now a productive member of society, the program is a benefit to both the horses and the inmates. Hank Curry, a supervisor of the training program, says these men work hard to transform the wild mustangs into well trained riding horses.

To learn more about the horses that will be up for adopion tomorrow May 18, 2013 visit: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
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