U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 377
Visitors meet gentled mustangs, take some home
The Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program rolled into Turlock March 21 and 22, as part of the Back Country Horsemen of California's statewide rendezvous. Adopters took home 10 mustangs and two wild burros.
BLM mustang adopters were in Turlock to help spread the word about the intelligence, trainability and loyalty of wild horses. Volunteer Becky Delaney, (first photo below), led her halter-trained mustang in a parade during the opening ceremonies of the Back Country Horsemen's Rendezvous. Her horse was auctioned (and adopted) in a Horsemen's fund raiser, bringing in $320. Volunteer Dave Miller introduced his mustang, Chief, to event visitors as well (second photo). Dave and Chief also walked in the Horsemen's parade.
Another success story was Shawnie Peters, a horse trainer from Janesville, Lassen County, who saw her halter-trained horse adopted by a Turlock area resident. Below, Peters introduces her horse, Ty, to adopter Will Bennett. The mustang and new adopter got along fine right from the start. Peters gentled the horse as part of the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Trainer Incentive Program, which offers $700 to those who gentle BLM mustangs and find adopters. Trainers must apply to be accepted in the program. More information is online at mustangheritagefoundation.org.
Below, Lassen County horse trainer Thad Waltman works with a horse during the adoption event. Thad offered free gentling and training tips for adopters and event visitors. He showed how gentle training methods are key to winning the trust and cooperation of a wild horse.
- Jeff Fontana, 3/09
|Last updated: 04-07-2009|