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Ponies and puppies – A saddle club treat for children

Horse expert Ryan Vessar shows the children a horse’s teeth and tells them to always feed a horse with an open hand or they could get bit.

Horse expert Ryan Vessar shows the children a horse’s teeth and tells them to always feed a horse with an open hand or they could get bit.

Story and photos by Clarke Davis

Nearly 40 children braved an usually cold April day Saturday to attend a “ponies and puppies” clinic sponsored by the Valley Falls Saddle Club.

How to saddle and put tack on a horse was a class held by Denise Herrman, vice president of the saddle club.

How to saddle and put tack on a horse was a class held by Denise Herrman, vice president of the saddle club.

The event was held at the saddle club arena west of town where children were taught lessons in handling, grooming, feeding, and saddling horses.

People from the Northeast Kansas Search and

Rescue were present to explain how their dogs are trained and how they work to find people — both living and dead.

Stealing the show was a 17-day-old colt brought to Valley Falls by Ryan Vessar, Cummings. He is owner of JRV Performance Horses where he trains and shoes horses.

Marshal Stephens, Denise Herrman, and Sara Leonard were others teaching classes.

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