Magazine article Corrections Today

Kan. Inmates Train Wild Horses

Magazine article Corrections Today

Kan. Inmates Train Wild Horses

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The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a grant to the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) for up to $2 million so that inmates can train wild horses to be gentle, CNSNews reported. The grant is designed to provide additional funding to a KDOC program already in place. BLM provides the horses to the prisons, which provide adequate housing and corrals for the horses. BLM will pay the prisons to feed and care for the horses, and also pays for veterinary care, "because the horses are government property," according to BLM spokesperson Sally Spencer.

According to the KDOC website, the horses come from the western plains in Kansas and other states, and are selected if they are in danger of starvation due to drought, fires or other factors. Once a horse is selected for training, Kansas Correctional Industries assumes all responsibility for the horse until it is adopted or returned to BLM in the event that it cannot be trained. …

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