Tamed Behind Bars

CARSON CITY, NV - The horses go by names like Red Rider, Nokaoui meaning number one in Hawaiian, Delbert, Drifter, Buster, and Downtown Bobby Brown.

They represent the 12 mustangs that will be up for adoption tomorrow at the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City.

Roper is the 10th horse inmate Fred Winkler has trained since entering the program about two years ago.

All of them have been a challenge, Roper he says has turned out the best so far.

"The first couple of days, I could not even touch him. He walked over the water trough his food tires he did not want to be here," said Fred Winkler, an inmate/trainer. "And now, I would let a novice ride this horse. He is gentle he can gather cows and horses and you can trail ride on him."

Sammy Hagar is by far the flashiest looking horse of the dozen. This is Kenneth Parker's first horse, and with a lot of help he says, he's happy with the outcome.

"I made a lot of mistakes But he's turned out real nice, he's calm, and gentle, he does everything I ask him to do," says inmate/trainer Kenneth Parker.

The inmates have been working with the horses everyday--seven hours a day since February. The program not only gives these horses a chance at a good home, but it's a good way for these inmates to learn about themselves in the process.

"I used to not be able to talk to anyone. These horses have helped me with that, you can't lie to them," 'Are you going to be sorry to see him go?' Yea, Yea," Winkler said.


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