Children taught how to saddle up
More than 40 children arrived at the Valley Falls Saddle Club arena where they were given lessons in caring and treatment of horses and dogs.
Children from kindergarten through sixth grade were invited by the saddle club members to the arena where they were broken into four groups and alternated through the stations.
Georgia Hollis brought brushes and various curry combs and explained the process of keeping the horse groomed. She also talked about their hooves and how to care for them.
Dianna Welsh taught the children how to safely approach a horse and let children lead one around.
Denise Herrman told the children about saddles and tack, and how to properly saddle a horse.
Those attending were greeted by Tossie Kirkham, Valley Falls, with a five-week-old colt who was orphaned at birth.
Hollis said they particularly wanted the children who did not have access to a horse to have the opportunity to have the experience and learn about horses.
Kelli Bausch, Hoyt, held a school on the care and training of dogs, sponsored by the Jefferson County Humane Society.
An appreciation dinner for those who had helped the saddle club in recent times was held at noon and some fun arena events were held in the afternoon.
The saddle club has two sanctioned shows coming up in June.
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