Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:44 AM by Christina Lysacek - MTN News
BOZEMAN- The well behaved horses in the Sweet Pea parade and who take part in Christmas caroling events and fairs have to be trained in order to know how to act when they're around large crowds.
More than 20 horses and their owners took part in the Gallatin Equestrian Partnership's annual safety clinic which focuses on familiarizing horses with objects they may see in the public events on Sunday.
"We take a lot of time desensitizing our horses to as many potentially scary or dangerous objects as we can. We have flags, balloons, bikes, dogs, motorcycles, and things that simulate car traffic so that we're confident in our ability to handle our horse if they get frightened," said Marianne Amsden, Gallep President.
There was a beginner's clinic and an advanced clinic with each lasting three hours.