By Liz Wood 

Learning horse

 

liz Wood

Chris Irwin works with Shinook, a horse owned by Tina Carroll, Saturday at the Buck Springs Arena. Irwin explained horses understand body language. He said people should always be aware of their own body and how the horse is responding when training horses.

Chris Irwin spent 14 years working with wild mustangs in Nevada to learn how they communicate with people.

Saturday, he came to Saratoga and the Platte Valley for the first time to share his knowledge.

Irwin had not worked with horses until he was 19 years old. Irwin said he was a disillusioned 19-year-old when he ran away to find the truth about himself.

As fate would have it, he said, he was looking for work when he found day work at the race tracks in Seattle, Wash.

When he saw the horses, every cell in his body turned on, the hair stuck up on the back of his neck and he knew this was w...



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