Six 4-H youths showed off their horse training skills last weekend at Halter’s Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Event and Auction at the University of Nevada, Reno Equestrian Center. The young members each received a young wild horse (and a wild horse) of about 1 year old to work with for 100 days.
The competitors showed their training skills by demonstrating how they softened their horse. These skills range from asking the horse to give his feet for cleaning to waving flags around the horse’s head.
Samantha Szesciorka, known for her use of wild horses on Nevada Discovery rides, was on hand to judge the horses and masters. She explained that although the horses were broken and softened, these equines still had years before they could become saddle horses. The reason is not the training but simply their age – they have to finish growing and developing before they can be saddled.
Alexis Martin said she signed up for the program after meeting friends in the program the year before. His one-year-old horse, Vinnie, stood by his side. Martin explained that his horse came to her completely without dressage but was calm and gentle.
The horses were auctioned for adoption at the event, but that could not happen. The horses are still up for adoption at a later date.
Ty O’Neil is a longtime anthropology student with two arts degrees. He is far more at home in the tear gas-filled streets of war-torn countries than he is at home. He found a place in This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday become a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.