How did we get here?
It all started innocently enough. I decided to volunteer at a local therapeutic riding center. Fell in love with a beautiful little therapy horse. She was a Kiger mustang that looked very much like the mare pictured above. I decided to learn more about this intelligent, kind breed; this horse gave so much to the children at the center. With our own BLM Wild Horse Program within driving distance of our home, it was only sensible to go to the adoption center to look--just to look. I had no trailer, what could be the harm? There was no"harm," but there soon was a wild mustang standing in a BLM approved corral on our property! He was a delight! We learned to teach him that although we were strange looking creatures, we were creatures he could trust. We got wonderful information from Oregon's own Kitty Lauman. We read, and experimented as we fell further and further in love with this silly little gelding in our field.
Much like potato chips (but bigger and a bit messier) I find you can not have just one Mustang. In fact, being herd animals, it wouldn't be right to do that. So in November of that year I returnedn to the BLM to adopt another mustang. An auction happened to be going on. I left my husband to watch the event while my son and I picked out a horse that he might like to gentle. He found one I agreed to adopt, and as we were working on the papers my husband approached me and told me that he just adopted a little mare--with a big belly. He assured me she was beautiful, so what could be the harm? And two weeks later we had three and one half Mustangs.
I hear this sort of thing happens alot, but for us it was the beginning
of a wonderful learning process. One that we enjoy sharing with
others, particularly teens. Since that time we have shared our ponies with many of the children in the area. Soon we decided that we would need a bigger and more proper space if we were to do this thing right.
So, six years after adopting our first Mustang we "bought the farm." In fact, we bought the very same "farm" where I had fallen in love with my first Mustang. So now we have a therapeutic riding center and more Mustangs than I care to count. With our new location we now have a terrific volunteer base [Our Volunteers Page
] as we prepare/repair the facility and put more training on our Mustangs. It is our goal to provide services on a sliding fee basis so anyone who wants to work with horses can have an opportunity.