17 Horses & 1 Burro For Adoption Saturday

CARSON CITY, NV - A trailer is unloading with about 30 wild horses at Stewart Conservation Camp.

The horses were recently taken off the Nevada range.

They are understandably nervous, anxious, and quick to unload.

But don't even think about touching them with a human hand, much less putting a saddle on them.

So how do these horses get from there to where an inmate can crawl underneath the horse and move between his legs?

It's owed all to the dedication of Stewart Conservation Camp inmates and the gentling program there.

“This horse is named Jasper. I love him,' says inmate trainer Kenneth Parker.

Jasper is Parker's 12th horse while in the program.

After Saturday, Jasper's name will be placed on Parker's helmet along with the other horses he's trained.

Look around and you can see the inmates have been able to accomplish some remarkable things with the horses that were wild just four months ago.

Like getting on bareback, staying calm around a cracking whip... sometimes jumping a hay bale.

“What I like best about the program, the people I'm surrounded around. The bosses. They actually believe we can change as people,” says Roland Moore, another inmate-trainer.

”I really enjoy this program because it's turned a positive from a negative,” says another inmate, trainer Dale Fasking.

And in case you're not into horses, Taz the burro has learned some tricks of his own.

His trainer says Taz loves attention and will work hard.

If you want to know any more about Jasper and the other horses, there are 17 in all, head to Stewart Conservation Camp beginning at nine Saturday morning.

Inmates will be able to tell you all about their horses and what they can do.

Preview the horses and burro at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00am.

The competitive bid-adoption starts at 10:00am.

The prison asks you not wear denim clothing to the event.


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