These Cowboys Are Convicts

In Colorado, inmates learn to tame horses -- and themselves

Under a big sky on the Colorado plains, Rory Robinson, doing five years for burglary, is uneasily making the acquaintance of a gray mare that once ran wild and free. Robinson and the mustang have much in common: both have been corralled in the Colorado State Prison to be tamed.

Tense beneath her first saddle and confined to a narrow chute, the mustang lays back her ears indignantly. Robinson, 28, tall and powerfully built, eases atop the animal, and she erupts in furious leaps. Fellow convicts pull Robinson to safety. Released into the corral, the mare kicks like a ninja assassin...