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University of Idaho 4-H Clubs and BLM Partner to Showcase Wild Horse Weanlings

Island Park News of Island Park, Idaho

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REXBURG, ID. — On Thursday June 4, University of Idaho 4-H members from around eastern Idaho will arrive at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Rexburg to pick up wild horse weanlings (aged 6-11 months) that they will then train in preparation for the Madison County Fair in Rexburg, August 12 — 15. The weanlings will be showcased during the Fair, and then offered to the public for adoption.

The pairing of weanling with a 4-H club trainer will take place through a random drawing. Viewing of the wild horse weanlings will begin at 4 p.m., with the drawing taking place at 5 p.m. Additionally, horse trainer Mario Johnson of Georgetown, Idaho will work with a wild horse and offer gentling tips to those interested in training a mustang. "I think this is the greatest program there is for kids," said Bingham County 4-H Leader Jane Mickelsen. "They learn responsibility, they learn patience; and I feel like in learning to deal with animals, you learn to deal with people better."

The partnership has been a shining example of success. Since the program's inception, every weanling that has been trained has been adopted — that's over 170 weanlings that have found good homes in Idaho or surrounding states. The 4-H groups have raised over $15,000 to support their programs — a true win-win for all involved. "Potential adopters see a great benefit if a wild horse has been handled and experienced good ground work training methods," said Kevin Lloyd, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist.

For questions about the wild horse weanling pick up, please contact Kevin Lloyd at (208) 879-6209. You may also contact Steve Leonard, Boise District Wild Horse Specialist at (208) 384-3454 for any additional questions about adopting a wild horse from the Boise Wild Horse Corrals.

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Original Publication Date: June 4, 2015

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