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Wild Horse Workshop 2000


October 29 through November 4, 2000

RV Arrival - October 28


Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W 6th Ave.
Golden, Colorado 80401

History of Wild Horse Workshops:

The concept of holding a week long wild horse workshop was first developed by the Lamms of KBR with Barbara Eustiss-Cross of the Life Foundation in 1998. The workshops included adoptions and a week of actual wild horse gentling and training activities. Interested parties could enroll to participate "hands on" in the workshop as well as spectate.

John Sharp, Frank Bell, 1SG Mark Atwood (US Army), Dennis Bright and Lesley Neuman were part of the original clinician staff. Cher Eastep of Colorado and Robert Denlinger of Kentucky joined the gentling team in 1999 and added demonstrations on clicker training. Hue Simpson of California has been part of the group since its inception, presenting her "Focus Training" techniques which are based in part on TTeam.

The workshop emphasis has been to develop, demonstrate and teach low impact approaches to humanely gentle the animals without damaging their self confidence and spirit. A variety of activities take place involving animals in various stages of the gentling and training process.

WHW 2000:

We followed a similar format with WHW 2000. The primary clinicians demonstrated various gentling techniques. Hands-on participants were allowed to work with horses that were determined to be safe to work with. As the week progressed, there were multiple activities in participants partook including more advancedhandling techniques.

Joyce North and Randle Thomson were back to run the Wild Horse Cafe and with JCFG's great kitchen, we enjoiyed good, hot meals in the November weather. (The menu can be seen by clicking here.)

The BLM portion of the workshop involved the Caņon City (Colorado) district. About 20 horses were brought in for the week of gentling and handling and were offered up for adoption. Additional truckloads of horses and burros were for brought in for a larger adoption adoption at the conclusion of the workshop.

Country singer Lacy J. Dalton, herself a wild horse adopter, put on an awesome accoustic benefit concert on Friday night along with her very talented companions, accompaniest Steven Earl Swinford and her husband Aaron Anderson.

Lacy and Aaron run the "Let 'em Run" Foundation in Nevada. They brought "Lacy and Friends'" Wild Horse Crossing cassettes and CDs which the crowd bought up, the proceeds going to Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association and Wild Horse Mentors programs.

Typical Workshop Scenes

New arrivals
Some of the horses in pens
The "Human Round Pen"
Tying a halter on a wild horse
Working out some issues
Introducing the saddle

Continue to Part Two

In Alphabetical Order

Frank Bell, Larkspur, CO
Robert Denlinger, Greenup, KY
Cheryl Eastep, Byers, CO
Willis Lamm, Knightsen, CA
Kitty & Rick Lauman, Prineville, OR
John & Joyce Sharp, Prineville, OR
Hue Simpson, San Mateo, CA

Wild Herd Populations
Most wild herds multiply at an annual rate of around 17%; some even higher. Without natural predators horse populations will increase to the point that the environment will be damaged. Removing excess horses for adoption is one effective horse management tool.

Continue to Part Two

Wild Horse Workshop Objectives

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Album of Wild Horse Workshops

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