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Colt-handling workshop is Saturday

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While most horsemanship clinics concentrate on starting colts in a day or handling “problem” horses, trainer/author Bob Kinford said he believes that true horsemanship starts while the foals are still on their mother.

He says, “While it is possible to start riding a horse the first day it is handled, the average person can’t do it safely, so why try to teach it?

“Problem horses are generally made, not born. If people can learn to handle their horses right from an early age they should have no problem horses.”

Kindford is planning a colt-handling clinic at Fish Springs Arena in Gardnerville Saturday, March 3, starting at 9 a.m.

In a unique collaboration, Kinford said he and the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s demonstration will include gentling and haltering three previously unhandled horses from the Nevada prison’s wild horse program. The ages of these horses will be 8 months, 18 months and 5 years. Representatives will be on hand to talk to people interested in adopting these or other horses.

The clinic will cost $20 and run no matter what the weather.

For more information, call Kinford at 782-5406 or visit his Web site at http://www.2lazy4u.com.