Radio Report: Senate committee hears Dye bill to seek feasibility of a wild horse inmate training program in Washington state


A new wild horse training program seeks to assist with the rehabilitation of prison inmates. Nic Scott reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

SCOTT: House Republican Representative Mary Dye of Pomeroy is the author of House Bill 2210, which would direct the Washington Department of Corrections to study the feasibility of a wild horse training, holding, and farrier program at a state corrections center.

DYE: “We have a very large horse industry in our state – we have a demand for high-quality farrier services. It’s a career path that can help a person become independent and capable of supporting their family.”

SCOTT: After the legislation received overwhelming House support, the 9th District lawmaker testified before the Senate Human Services Committee on Thursday. Dye says horses can teach a person empathy and confidence as well as emotional and life skills.

DYE: “Support those that have commitment and character that’s developed through this program to become a skilled craftsman in this space, and it will serve our community greatly.”

SCOTT: Dye says the proposal is modeled after a successful program that she toured at a state prison in Arizona.

Nic Scott, the state Capitol.

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