With Horses Update
fifth annual Wild Horse Workshop took place at the end of last month
in Lawrence, Kansas. It was deemed a raging success with 109 horses
and burros adopted. There were 65 participants and 8 clinicians
all interacting with each other and the horses for five very full
interesting and innovative venue is unlike any Ive ever seen.
Each clinician has a different slant/approach to the gentling of
wild horses. The common denominator is using least resistance methods
and attempting to stress the horses as little as possible. Sometimes
it works beautifully. Sometime it doesnt. Gentling absolute
wild horses is tricky to say the least. The word feel
cannot be underestimated.
techniques are as varied as the horses including: round penning,
clicker training, human round pen or Navajo Ring, T-touch, and my
favorite, the bamboo pole, John Sharps gift to wild horses.
For an in-depth look at the past workshop click this link: www.horsewhisperer.com/training_wild_horses.htm
strongly encourage those interested in the future Wild Horse Workshops
to consider joining us for a week youll never forget. Next
years location is yet to be announced. Watch our web schedule
for upcoming dates.
Wild Horses of Abaco are moving to a preserve! Speaking of wild
horses, Ive worked with this extremely rare and near to extinct
group of horses for the last two winters on Abaco Island, Bahamas.
These horses are the purest strain of Spanish Barb in the world.
They were shipwrecked hundreds of years ago. As recent as several
decades back, they ranged in the hundreds. Due to a string of unfortunate
circumstances the herd now consists of a mere sixteen horses, 7
stallions and 9 mares. These are magnificent creatures with about
a third of them displaying the highly prized war bonnet facial markings.
The last serious hurricane pushed them onto the citrus orchard that
is their demise. An overabundance of rich grasses is creating obesity
in the mares. That in conjunction with the chemicals spayed onto
the trees is preventing them from conceiving.
Rehor has devoted her life to saving this valuable resource. She
lives on a sailboat and manages a small bookstore to support the
horses. Numerous donations and several grants have helped her fight
the battle to keep these horses alive. She has been leaning on the
Bahamian government like a friendly elephant for years to just get
them to take an interest. Recent DNA testing proved their heritage
and suddenly the powers that be could ignore Mimi no longer. Last
week they agreed to provide a preserve adjacent to the citrus orchard.
This winter well assemble a group to push the herd onto the
preserve and set up fencing. To learn more about The Wild Horses
of Abaco visit Mimis website at: www.arkwild.org. Come visit
the Bahamas the be part of this historic event as we literally save
a herd of genetically valuable horses.
Two clinics will take place in the next six weeks in the southeast.
The first was Nov 16-17 in Blacksburg, VA at Farmingdale Stables.
Sylvia Scott did a bang-up job organizing this event in which Frank
Bell certifieds and aspiring certifieds converged from Thursday
through Monday. Frank demonstrated his 7 Step System on Friday evening
for Virginia Tech Vet School. Saturday and Sunday were an action
packed weekend, as participants, Frank Bell partners, and those
in pursuit of certification all participated in the two-day clinic.
This was an incredible learning opportunity for everyone involved.
Monday through Wednesday Frank did private sessions at Farmingdale
Stables with some extremely interesting horses and owners.
last day of November will be the start of another two-day clinic
in Scottsmoor, Florida. In this venue Frank will share the spotlight
with noted clinician Donna Maye West. Donna is a certified HSA trainer
with fabulous ground and riding skills. Frank and Donnas programs
compliment each other. They have worked side by side the last two
years at the Wild Horse Workshops. This will be an interesting clinic
as two masters work together to give the riders a wealth of information.
Donnas site is: www.donnawest.com.
11 & 12 will find Frank in Tucson, AZ at the Create a
Cooperative Horse Symposium hosted by the American Horse Trainers
Group. Frank will be one of four clinicians including Josh Lyons,
Clay Harper, Steve Sikora, and Linda Kohanov, author of The
Tao of Equis. Each clinician has a specialty and will showcase
their particular skill. Franks 7 Steps will lead off the event
being held at the U of Arizona Ag Dept arena from 10-5:00 Saturday
and Sunday. Visit Clay Harpers site for more details at: www.clayharperinc.com.
for Franks clinics online at www.horsewhisperer.com
or call 800-871-7635.
New Problem Solving Video Series will be available in the near future.
Weve compiled five of our works in a convenient package to
help horsemen and women with the most common issues we all deal
with on a regular basis. Included in this series are: Trailer Loading,
Spooking & Shying, Water & Bridges, Mounting the Difficult
Horse and Problem Foot-handling, and Solving 7 Common Horse Problems.
This package of five works is available for only $149.95 or with
Franks foundation Discover video, all six for $189.95.
hoping you are all enjoying late fall, our favorite time of the
year to ride.
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