NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: Chase AllgoodKatelyn Saxe, an incoming senior at Forest Grove High School, is one of 22 high school students across the state to receive a wild mustang this year by the Teens and Oregon Mustangs program and given the task to “gentle” the horse. Saxe received her mare May 21 and named her Kyanne (like the pepper, but spelled differently). “Because she was wild, she had never been touched before,” said Saxe, who spent a whole week trying to get close enough to touch the skittish horse. “I spent a lot of time out there, just sitting with her. My goal was a little bit closer — even like an inch closer — every day. After I was able to touch her, every little thing I taught her she’d learn really quickly. I can get her to lie down now. She can bow and do tricks.” She also likes interaction, especially with Saxe’s other horse, Sage (she has a spice theme to her horse names). Saxe will compete with Kyanne at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville Aug. 24. For information about the program, contact Erica FitzGerald at 503-702-5359 or visit

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