- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2013

There’s a new group of horse whisperers in town: prison inmates. And taxpayers are paying $2 million so they can practice the craft.

CNS News reports that  Bureau of Land Management will fund such a program over the course of five years so that incarcerated individuals in Kansas can “teach wild horses and burros to be ‘gentle.’”

A description of the program on the BLM’s website reads: “This program provides funding for the rehabilitation and positive animal husbandry work experience for inmates by allowing the inmates to train and care for wild horses and burros and preparing the animals for adoption.”

According to CNS news, there are similar programs in Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. The trained horses are then used by the U.S. Border Patrol.