Horse Trainer Takes On Exotic Pupil

By Eric Olson

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM EDT

SOUTH MILFORD, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--DAVE BEISWANGER’S TRAINED ALL SORTS OF HORSES AT HIS NOBLE COUNTY STABLE, EVERYTHING FROM BARREL RACERS TO PLEASURE HORSES. SO HE THOUGHT THIS YEAR, HE’D TRY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

Dave: This has been quite an experience. She’s ornery at times but, she’s a lot more loveable than a horse.

EAST MEETS WEST THESE DAYS AT BEISWANGER STABLES WHERE THE NEW SWEETHEART OF THE CORRAL IS AMY, A NINE MONTH OLD ARABIAN CAMEL THAT DAVE IS TRAINING FOR A FRIEND TO RIDE.

Dave: And just stand still and nativity scenes and kids to ride her and just so she’s an all around good animal.

DAVE STARTS OFF WITH THE BASICS, GETTING AMY TO MOVE HER FEET..AND LIE DOWN ON COMMAND SO RIDERS CAN MOUNT UP.

Dave: You always give ‘em a choice give ‘em a task to do and if they don’t do it there are consequences. Just like raising kids. Once she makes these noises it’s kind of like it makes her aggravated. It’s kind of like her warning sign.

DAVE SAYS CAMELS HAVE AN UNFAIR REPUTATION FOR BEING NASTY. AMY WAS BOTTLE FED FROM BIRTH SO SHE’S GOOD WITH PEOPLE..BUT DAVE SAYS AS SWEET AS SHE IS, AMY IS NO PET.

Dave: The way I look at it animals like this that can kill you in a split second and turn and walk away and go eat grain. You can’t make em pets. If you do you’re gonna get hurt or killed. You can like ‘em you can love ’em, but you can’t make ‘em pets? Yea, be your best friend but not a pet. Same way with horses.

DAVE SAYS HE CAN USE SOME HORSE TRAINING TECHNIQUES WITH AMY BUT A CAMEL’S A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR, SO TEACHER IS LEARNING RIGHT ALONGSIDE STUDENT. ONCE AMY IS READY TO RIDE THOUGH DAVE’S REAL CHALLENGE BEGINS…TRAINING HER OWNERS TO HANDLE HER PROPERLY. TEACHING HUMANS, HE SAYS, COULD BE THE STRAW THAT BREAKS THE TRAINERS BACK. ERIC OLSON, OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY




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