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Jan 12, 2017

The Wild Horse Border Patrol

The Wild Horse Border Patrol

Arizona prisoners train wild mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol, providing the agency with inexpensive but agile horses, and inmates with skills and insights they hope to one day carry with them from prison.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from Boulevard Station inspect three men near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Bobby Stine frisks a man a few hundred meters from the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from Boulevard Station inspect three men near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Bobby Stine frisks a man a few hundred meters from the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A sign stands on a private property near the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback patrol along a beach just north of the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California, U.S., November 10, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent from Boulevard Station looks out over the U.S.-Mexico border as he patrols in the hills near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback head out on patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake SEARCH "WILD HORSE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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People in Mexico wave at U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border fence near San Diego, California, U.S., November 10, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent Benjamin Ditges sits on his horse as he patrols the U.S.-Mexico border near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. border patrol agent Katherine Griffith looks out from atop her horse while out on patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California, U.S., November 10, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A full moon rises behind U.S. Border Patrol agent Josh Gehrich as he sits atop a hill while on patrol near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from Boulevard Station look out over a ridge after sunset near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Bobby Stine drives a car as he catches up with his horse patrol near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Bobby Stine looks out over his station's patrol area atop a hill near Jacumba, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A wild mustang border patrol horse, named Boss, chews on the latch of a government transport trailer before going out with U.S. Border Patrol agents on patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California, U.S November 10, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol horses Hollywood (L) and Apache roll in the dirt at their patrol station in Boulevard, California, U.S November 12, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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U.S. Border Patrol agents prepare their horses for patrol at their station in Boulevard, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A farrier applies a new horseshoe to a U.S. border patrol horse at their station in Boulevard, California, U.S., November 14, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Pictures of horses hang on a wall at the U.S. border patrol station in Boulevard, California, U.S., November 12, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Program manager Randy Helm looks over the names of horses being trained as part of the the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Randy Helm rides a horse, while inmate Gabriel Curtis gestures, as they train a horse as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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An inmate rides a wild horse over an obstacle course as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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An inmate trains a wild horse as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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Inmates tend to horses as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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An inmate rides a wild horse as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program ( WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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An inmate rides a wild horse as part of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at Florence State Prison in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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The view shows Wah Wah Valley where wild horses were herded during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 8, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A temporary corral is seen in the Wah Wah Valley where wild horses were sorted after being herded during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 8, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Wild horses attempt to escape being herded into corrals by a helicopter during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 8, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Wild horses are herded into corrals by a helicopter during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 7, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A wild horse is herded into corrals by a helicopter during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 7, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A wild horse attempts to escape being herded into corrals by a helicopter during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 8, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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The trap corral is seen in the Wah Wah Valley where wild horses were herded during a Bureau of Land Management round-up outside Milford, Utah, U.S., January 8, 2017. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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An inmate's saddle and helmet sit on a fence inside Florence State Prison at the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) in Florence, Arizona, U.S., December 2, 2016. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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