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Publishing a book about their Nevada adventures.

Story date: September 29, 2009

Stagecoach, NV

When writer Willy Klaeson and publisher Torsten Widholm came to Nevada for an "Old West" vacation, they weren't sure what to expect. They ended up discovering enough stories and adventures to write a book about mustangs once they got home. On the other hand, we didn't expect to find visitors that were interested in doing much more than simply taking photographs and asking questions. None of us realized how involved they would get in Nevada's wild horse experience.

They did take photographs and ask questions, but when they wanted to experience mustangs working cattle, they rode out on mustangs themselves. When they wanted to see "field doctoring" of a wild horse, they assisted. When they went to the Lucky Horse Corrals, they didn't simply view the horses but went in the pens and visited with them. When they wanted to see how a wild horse is gentled... well you will see what that was about if you read on.

Typical Nevada scene.
Checking out the solar well system on the old Asamara Ranch.

Inmate trainers show their stuff

Willy and Torsten met Hank Curry and the inmate horse trainers at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center while the trainers were posing for photos with their BLM horses for the adoption catalog. After the photo session, the trainers showed off their horses in the outdoor arena.

Showing off the stability of their mustangs.

Working Cattle

Willy and Torsten wanted to see some prison trained horses with their new adopters. In May, 2009, Rodney Friesen, Jr. of nearby Silver Springs adopted a prison trained gelding named Pac Man. After providing Pac Man with some additional training, Rodney started to use the horse to work cattle. Willy and Torsten didn't just drive out to meet Pac Man, but we saddled up two BLM horses named Corey and Kahlua and these journalists spent some time in the saddle alongside Rodney and Pac Man.

Rodney Friesen, Jr. did a commendable job showing what Pac Man could do.

Field doctoring a horse

When the vet was called to treat a horse with severe hoof problems, Willy and Torsten lent a hand with the panels and were part of the "support team," and they saw how difficult it can be to sedate a wild horse in the field.

(The horse, nicknamed "Trooper," was released as soon as it was safe to do so. He rejoined his band and appears again later in this journal.)

Continue to Part Two

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