U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 177
Wild horse and burro fans take part in workshop, adoption
The focus was on communication between horses, burros and humans, when the Bureau of Land Management and Least Resistance Training Concepts cooperated on a wild horse and burro adoption and Wild Horse Workshop 2004 in Brentwood, Calif. from Sept. 20 through 26.
Nearly 50 wild horse and burro enthusiasts participated in the workshop, improving their animal gentling and training techniques, and learning new ones from the eight experienced trainers who participated as workshop clinicians.
Below: Trainer Jim Rea gets close to offer encouragement to a mustang he began gentling during Wild Horse Workshop 2004.
The participants worked with animals from the BLM's Litchfield Corrals during the entire week. Workshop participants and members of the public had the opportunity to adopt animals. By week's end, 54 animals -- 39 horses and 15 burros -- had been adopted. Workshop participants completed some basic gentling work with many of the animals offered for adoption. The animals were highlighted in the adoption pens, with summary sheets explaining the work completed by the workshop participants, and summarizing the animals' behavior traits.
The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program moves next to Woodside and Red Bluff, Calif. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3. In Woodside, 80 horses and 20 burros will be available for adoption at the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Rd. Horse trainer Lesley Neuman of Rescue will offer free demonstrations.
Burros will be featured during the same weekend, when the BLM offers 15 animals for adoption as part of the EARS Cele'bray'tion at the Pauline Davis Arena at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
The Cele'bray'tion, organized by burro adopters in the northern Sacramento Valley, is a burro show and competition that focuses on "fun" events.
Jim Rea's demonstration mustang gets playful as Rea addresses the audience.
Below: A mustang seems to grin as it prances away from trainer Donna West during a Wild Horse Workshop 2004 demonstration.
Below: Trainer Frank Bell demonstrates training techniques with a BLM mustang.
BLM Wrangler Thad Waltman gentled burros during Wild Horse Workshop 2004.
Below: BLM Wranglers Thad Waltman and Rocky Satica sort horses into the adoption pens after their arrival at the Brentwood Oaks Equestrian Center.
Willis Lamm, a coordinator of the workshop, shares a moment with a mustang later offered for adoption in Brentwood.
Below: For the Kerson family of Napa, BLM mustangs are a family affair. Mike, right, Nancy, center, and daughter Saanen brought their horses to the Brentwood adoption to show potential adopters just what Mustangs are capable of. Mike's horse, Ruby, is from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area; Nancy's mount, Sparky, is from the Calico Mountains near Gerlach, Nevada; Saanen's horse, Benny, came from the Buck and Bald HMA near Ely, Nevada.
Below: Adopted mustangs Sparky and Ruby put their heads together during the Brentwood adoption.
Below: A BLM mustang adopter and her horse enjoy the early morning sun in Brentwood.
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