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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Horsemen Against Cancer benefit

The Palomino Horse Association, headquartered in Nelson, sponsored a Horsemen Against Cancer event on Saturday, June 7, at Saline County Fairground to benefit The American Cancer Society and Fitzgibbon Hospital's Community Cancer Center. Many activities include horse-breaking clinics by Whisperide, horseshoeing clinics by Wes Clancy and various other activities.

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Rick Wheat of Whisperide works with a horse that is not even halter broke. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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He is trying to get the horse to trust him by letting him touch her. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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Whisperide is committed to enhancing the way horses are trained and ridden through a process of persuasion, patience, kindness, respect and trust. Ultimately, improving the traditional relationship between horse and rider, insuring the rider is able to fully enjoy the real love of horses. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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Whisperide's mission is achieved by understanding the true nature of a horse and having the horse understand the needs of the rider. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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Rick is using a Noavel headstall to work with the mare. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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The Noavel Headstall was invented by Rick Wheat, West Quest's "Cowboy of the Year". As a Horse Whisperer and Working Cowboy, he sought a tool to assist with problematic horses. According to the thousands of people who have since learned how to use the Noavel Headstall, "This product is the most valuable invention of our time." (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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The Noavel Headstall's distinctive nose piece most effectively replaces the bit. It's designed to work with the horse's nature, thru a "bump and release" principle. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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This process allows for instant and clear communication by touching five different pressure points on the horses nose. (Rachel Harper/Democrat-News)
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