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News.bytes Extra, issue 480

Fans meet and greet mustangs and burros, get handling tips

young hands reach through a corral to pet a burro
Millie the burro gets up close and personal with young admirers in Manteca.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association gave fellow equestrians tips on adopting and caring for a wild horse or burro during a seminar and handling clinic.

The seminar included information on the adoption process, housing and fencing, feed and health care, and handling and gentling. A handling clinic included live demonstrations on how to safely gentle and train a wild horse or burro. Both events were held at the Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association, 1200 Foster Road, Napa.

On June 18 and 19, Napa Mustang Days will be held at the Napa Valley Horseman's Association.  Trainers will be holding clinics, the BLM will have horses and burros for adoption, and other fun family activities are planned.  For more information on that event please visit www.napamustangdays.com.

At another event -- as part of their schools's annual Farm Day -- students at the St. Anthony’s School in Manteca got a hands-on visit with a wild horse and burro at a booth staffed by BLM personnel and volunteers. The event was part of a series of “Meet and Greet” events.

For additional information on the adoptions or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS.   Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

a woman holds a mustang with ropes 
Midori Morgan and her mustang, Tank, give a demonstration.

 a man gets ready to lead a horse into a trailer
Sue Watkins and Trigger, show proper loading techniques at the Napa event.

a man holds reins of a horse in a corral
Mike Kerson gave a demo with his mustang, Piney, in harness.

students pet a mustang in a corral
Young visitors to the St. Anthony’s Farm Day festival visit Modoc the mustang.

close-up of a burro being petted
Millie gets more attention from young admirers in Manteca.

- David Christy, BLM Central California public affairs, 5/11/11

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 480
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Last updated: 05-13-2011