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Dothan, AL Eagle - December 16, 2004
Gentle Handling Improves Safety For Horse and Rider
By Linnea McClellan Lifestyle Editor - CLAYTON
When Chris Mitchell found himself on the ground with a horse on top, he knew it was time to find a better way to handle horses. Through research on the Internet, Mitchell discovered the work of Frank Bell, a master trainer who specializes in techniques for natural horsemanship that emphasizes safety for both the rider and horse. Bell shared his skill at a clinic organized by Mitchell at the Barbour County Farm Center, then continued instruction with private lessons Monday.
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Chicago, IL Tribune - May 13, 1998
Horse Whispering
By Mary Daniels Tribune Staff Writer
At a Lockport stable, Frank Bell almost meets his match. For those unfamiliar with horses, getting a reluctant one to step into a horse trailer is like stuffing toothpaste back into the tube. The horse will balk at the bottom of the ramp, slip out the sides, even rise over the top. Most eventually give in and get aboard. A few, like Tahlia, a 6-year-old mare that lives at Windcrest Farm in Lockport, prefer to stay home indefinitely. Read full article (PDF)

Denver, CO Post - July 24, 1997
Dancing with Horses
By Jack Cox, Denver Post Staff Writer
The flyer promoting Frank Bell's services reads like something out of the personals columns. " See the change," it exhorts. "Experience the difference." Call Bell's toll-free number, the ad promises, and you'll end up with a partner more "responsive, light, eager, trusting, feeling (and) fun." Only the photo and the small print make it clear he's talking about horses. Bell is a modern-day practitioner of the ancient art of " horse whispering," one of a small fraternity of seeming sorcerers who can turn bucking broncos into well-mannered mounts without using whips, spurs or force of any kind. Read full article (PDF)

Denver, CO Post - January 22, 1995
It Takes Two to Tangle or Tango
By Jack Kisling
Without a cowboy waving wildly from atop a bucking bronco, Wyoming wouldn't have a license tag motif and the late curly Fletcher's song " The Strawberry Roan" wouldn't tug the way it does at the heartstrings of wannabe cowboys. " Down in the hoss corral, standin' alone, Was an old red caballo, a strawberry roan. . .yew-necked and old, with a long lower jaw, I kin see with one eye he's a regular outlaw." Yessiree, pard, that horse yonder is a bronco, and broncs are for bustin' in the time-honored way that pits the bronco buster's wits, muscle and will against it until one or the other of them calls it quits. But not all horse handlers are traditionalists. Instead of bustin' the bronc (and maybe the pelvis in the bargain), some prefer just to bend it a little. Read full article (PDF)


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