LRTC Wild Horse Mentors'
Part Two

Registration desk action
The Wild Horse Workshops are interactive events. Without the BLM, volunteer staff, volunteer clinicians and participant involvement in hands-on activities with the horses, the workshop would be little more than a glamorous demonstration.

The people who come and work with these animals are dedicated to the premise that properly gentled and trained wild horses can make successful transitions to domestic life and adapt comfortably to healthy, fulfilling and happy lives. Bridging the stressful transition from wild to tame is where the art of horse gentling is at it's apogee and this is where this group excels.

One look at the interplay between humans and animals who, just hours before, were frightened and wary of people and you have proof positive that these once wild animals will do just fine and can enjoy life as domestic horses.

James, Frank & John grabbing a quick lunch
Opening Announcements
Elsa getting her gear ready
This was an indoor event so a number of images folks took didn't turn out well enough to post on the internet. If you have images of people or activities that we are missing, please contact us!
"Polling" a youngster
"Human" horse herd
Jill Guth
Halter tying practice
A "group hug"
Lauren Kinnare
Chris Erlon
Sandra Slazyk

Mentor of the Year
Chris Erlon

We honor each year the mentor who has contributed most significantly to the mentoring program. Candidates cannot be on the board of any of the mentoring organizations nor have any commercial interests associated with mentoring.

Chris was unanimously voted Mentor of the Year for 2001. He is very active in Texas adoptions, and often volunteers to do the round pen demonstrations at the adoptions. Chris produces many of the BLM adoption radio spots. Last year Chris was a workshop Clinician Assistant and he was promoted to a full Clinician for the 2002 program. Chris typifies the type of person who makes volunteer based programs work.

2000 Mentor of the Year Gwilda Byrd
presents Chris' award

Wild Horse competition
When held to appropriate numbers that the land can support, wild horses do not unreasonably compete with native species for food and water, and in some instances their presence is beneficial to the land, other animals and plant communities.

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Wild Horse Workshop Objectives

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