Declining health is forcing a Fresno horse trainer to thin his herd. Harold Kelly isn't interested in making a profit. His focus is on finding good homes.
They are beautiful horses. Most of them are big but there are a few exceptions. Every one on the range thirty minutes east of Fresno is up for grabs. "I'm selling. I'm almost giving them away in some cases; I've given some horses away but right now I'm asking very little and tell people to throw me a little money and take the horse."
As you can see the horses are all in good shape. It's Kelly who's not doing that well. A couple of heart attacks have convinced him it's time to put away the saddle. "It's been a little sad at moments but when I feel like they're going to a good home then it makes me feel okay."
Lisa Nelson is shopping for a horse. This is her first trip out to Harold Kelly's ranch. "It's more of a bonding letting the horse pick you and making a connection. So I'm sure I'll be out here a few more times." Nelson says she's in no rush and probably won't select a horse for at least a couple more months.
Harold Kelly says he's not a horse trader, he's just passionate about finding good homes for his herd. "It's time for me to turn them loose instead of hoping to get back to do the training."
Kelly isn't ready to get rid of his whole herd. He's just thinning. He admits it's hard to give up friends but his health forced him to get it done.
If you're in the market for a horse Harold Kelly is ready to listen. You can reach him at 559–269–7752.
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