Historic Account

Least Resistance Training Concepts

Wild Horse Mentors

Wild Horse Workshop 2001

July 8 - 14, 2001

Benton County Fairgrounds
110 SW 53rd St.
Corvallis, OR

      I hear and I forget.
      I see and I remember.
      I do and I understand.

          ~Confucius c. 450 BC
Tom Gribbin giving a scratch with a pole

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 two 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, Frank Bell, Dennis Bright and Lesley Neuman made up 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. Rick and Kitty Lauman participated in 2000 and Willis Lamm swung from administrative duties to clinician work in 2000 also. 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 2001:

We followed a similar format with WHW 2001. The primary clinicians demonstrated various gentling techniques. Hands-on participants were allowed to work with the horses that were determined to be safe to work with. As the week progressed, there were a number of activities in which participants could partake.

Joyce North came back to run the Wild Horse Cafe so we didn't have to leave the venue to get fed.

The BLM portion of the workshop was conducted by the Burns District Office (Oregon / Washington). These folks did an outstanding job. About 45 horses and 10 burros were brought in for gentling and handling and were be available for adoption. 10 Additional horses were brought in to supplement the adoption at the conclusion of the workshop. All but 20 animals found homes, most with workshop participants.

Over 125 people signed up for the program. On the first day alone, at least 72 participants got to work with a wild horse, a program record.

RV spaces, tent camping and boxstalls were all available at the event center at reasonable rates. We once again had "Wild Horse Village" where most of the staff, clinicians and many participants got to make camp together.

This year's local hosts

the Pacific Wild Horse Club
The "Human Round Pen"
An awesome gelding
"A little more to the left..."
The infamous stud poker game
(Horses are wild)
First participant to ride a wild horse
A nice pair to draw to

Vital Statistics

  • Horses brought in: 57

  • Burros brought in: 10
  • Horses adopted: 41

  • Burros adopted:   9

  • "Hands-on" participants: 118
    (72 Participants in the pens on the first day!)

Willis and Cher presenting
John Sharp's Lifetime Achievement Award
"Now when the food is through being processed,
it comes out right here..."

Continue to Part 2

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.

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