Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wyoming wild horse auction

By James Brosher

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Auctioneer Scott Fluer, of Lander, auctions off a wild-born horse during an adoption sale on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. The Bureau of Land Management captures wild horses each year and auction them off after some training in an effort to control the wild horse population. James Brosher/staff

Auctioneer Scott Fluer, of Lander, auctions off a wild-born horse during an adoption sale on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. The Bureau of Land Management captures wild horses each year and auction them off after some training in an effort to control the wild horse population. James Brosher/staff

Wild horse trainer Steve Mantle watches as officials from the Bureau of Land Management auction off several horses trained at his ranch on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. James Brosher/staff

Wild horse trainer Steve Mantle watches as officials from the Bureau of Land Management auction off several horses trained at his ranch on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. James Brosher/staff

Jeff Martin, the wild horse program supervisor at the Wyoming Honor Camp, interacts with Latigo, a wild-born bay stud colt, as the Bureau of Land Management attempts to auction it off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Latigo, captured in the Adobe Town Herd Management Areas in southwest Wyoming, did not receive a bid in the auction. James Brosher/staff

Jeff Martin, the wild horse program supervisor at the Wyoming Honor Camp, interacts with Latigo, a wild-born bay stud colt, as the Bureau of Land Management attempts to auction it off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Latigo, captured in the Adobe Town Herd Management Areas in southwest Wyoming, did not receive a bid in the auction. James Brosher/staff

Spectators watch as auctioneer Scott Fluer, of Lander, auctions off a wild-born horse during an adoption sale on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. The Bureau of Land Management captures wild horses each year and auction them off after some training in an effort to control the wild horse population. James Brosher/staff

Spectators watch as auctioneer Scott Fluer, of Lander, auctions off a wild-born horse during an adoption sale on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. The Bureau of Land Management captures wild horses each year and auction them off after some training in an effort to control the wild horse population. James Brosher/staff

Erich Proell, an Austrian filmmaker, watches a horse during a Bureau of Land Management auction on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Proell, who has produced documentaries for PBS, bought the first two horses up for auction. After buying the horses, Proell will have to keep the horses in Wyoming for a year before he can gain the title for the animals. After a year, he hopes to bring the animals to a ranch he owns along the Danube River near the city of Linz, in northern Austria. James Brosher/staff

Erich Proell, an Austrian filmmaker, watches a horse during a Bureau of Land Management auction on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Proell, who has produced documentaries for PBS, bought the first two horses up for auction. After buying the horses, Proell will have to keep the horses in Wyoming for a year before he can gain the title for the animals. After a year, he hopes to bring the animals to a ranch he owns along the Danube River near the city of Linz, in northern Austria. James Brosher/staff

Jenny Lesieutre, Wyoming Wild Horse and Burro Program manager at Bureau of Land Management, stands near a window as several wild-born horses are auctioned off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Several horses were not at the ranch for the auction due to a repository illness. Videos of the absent horses were shown on a video screen inside a building at the ranch. James Brosher/staff

Jenny Lesieutre, Wyoming Wild Horse and Burro Program manager at Bureau of Land Management, stands near a window as several wild-born horses are auctioned off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Riata Ranch near Cheyenne. Several horses were not at the ranch for the auction due to a repository illness. Videos of the absent horses were shown on a video screen inside a building at the ranch. James Brosher/staff

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