Finding a Home

Finding a Home


I think when they’re a wild horse,
they’re more loyal and they depend on you more. When I’m about to ride him and
there’s a saddle on his back, he really gets excited I think. I think he’s like,
“Yay, we’re going to go do something!” He’s like a mountain goat. I mean he’s so
athletic and in the mountains he’s fantastic. He’s a very versatile horse
and he’s drop-dead gorgeous in my opinion. I’ve had two other mustangs as
well. I’ve adopted two out of Canyon City, so I already had mustangs. So I was
looking for one closer and I saw the organization that the Forest Service
works with, the Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance. And so Annie begged me
for a baby horse and so we went down and adopted Cinch. I wanted a baby horse,
so my mom said we’ll go down to the place we got him and we’ll go pick out one. The Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization to help one
mustang at a time be able to find a forever home. Everything that we do to gentle that horse is based on what is unique about
that horse’s personality. Did they come in extra wild? Do they have quirks? We
want to understand that horse before we start promoting that horse for adoption. I base most everything on… on building a trust and a relationship with the horse. And by doing that, sometimes you have to put a little bit of pressure on them in order to take it off, so that they can know that… that you do have something to
offer them. The wild horses do need to be managed. You can’t graze the land forever and expect it to feed more than its capable of feeding. But they need to be managed in a humane and thoughtful process. Taking the horses from the Forest Service and providing a gentled mustang to the public is an extremely important element that we need to
continue to educate and help people embrace. We like the fact that all these horses
are going to go to a home rather than going to a long-term or short-term
holding facility. So the taxpayers aren’t paying to feed them anymore and they’re living a life with a person somewhere. Wild horses are a good option. Many of our adopters have young children and our horses happen to be small. They are a piece of our American heritage and they make awesome horses. They just have
been mislabeled as difficult. I think a lot of the other forests around the country are going to be doing this kind of work. I would love to be able to
expand and to be able to take more horses from the Forest Service. I think mustangs bring an incredible ability to bond with their adopters, especially if they ultimately become a child’s horse. They take care of those kids. They literally will take care of the kids. When Cinch came into the program he was about six or seven months old. He actually formed the little bond with DeLaws, and they could play games. And that personality that was in Cinch as a baby is still in him today. I looked at a lot of horses, and then I went to his stall and he was just like sitting in the corner, like, “Hello, what’s your name?” Yeah, it’s been worth it. If I like am bored, I can come out here and do something with him worthwhile. Because he will always like do something, he always wants to do something. What I’m really proud of passing on to my daughter is that we can take animals that need homes, they don’t have to cost a ton of money, and they’re perfectly wonderful animals, and they’re going to give you the same reward as a horse you spend $5,000 on. You’re part of helping these mustangs find homes.

4 thoughts on “Finding a Home

  1. This is wonderful, let get them out of the holding pens and make them part of our lives.😎😊

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