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RENSSELAER FALLS - They are special beasts of burden.

To be sure, they are strong. But they are also intelligent, sensitive and perceptive.

They are horses and if you want to know just how acutely attuned these animals are to their human handlers, come to Putney’s Hidden Meadows horse farm, 245 Putney Road, on Aug. 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and find out.

There and then, Arizona rancher, cowboy and horse handler Pat Puckett will conduct a clinic for horse owners and observers alike.

Hidden Meadows owner Howard P. Putney has hosted clinics like these before and can vouch for their value as learning tools - and entertainment.

“The clinic is all about versatility and horsemanship,” he said.

The three days will consist of Mr. Puckett lecturing on and demonstrating the many facets of horsemanship and how the nuances of the animals themselves impact them.

And they do, especially when their handlers are involved. Whether it’s the way the reins are held or how the saddle is occupied, the horse can sense the human presence for ease or discomfort.

“The horse is very perceptive and can pick up on all of that,” Mr. Putney said. “You bet that they can pick up on all of that in a hurry.”

Horse owners are encouraged to bring their own animals to participate in Mr. Puckett’s lessons.

The costs are: $400 to participate; $35 a day to watch and; $15 a day for 4-H students to watch.

On Aug. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., Mr. Puckett will make a presentation at the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg.

For more information, call Mr. Putney at 344-7087 or 516-477-0252.

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