A few times over the years I have written about the Wild Horse champions out in Nevada who work tirelessly to rescue local family bands, retrieve hurt foals, make homes for feedlot estray mustangs, erect fencing over a weekend to house a needy group of newly rescued horses… you name it, these folks have done it or are thinking of doing it to help the Mustangs…
Remember Diamond, the filly who was dragged with baling twine?
Remember Iron Man who was found standing next to his dead mother?
Remember how the people of Stagecoach saved Bandit’s Band and how the town of Carson City came together to save the Virginia Range 33?
All the same group.
How do they continue to save the Wild Horses when their facilities are filled to capacity?
Well, this group of thinking do-gooders needed to come up with a solutions to find sanctuaries for their charges (over 500 now) and to make room for the constant onslaught of Mustangs being gathered and held.
The obvious answer was to adopt them out.
But, we all now know that training a wild horse is not the same as training a domestic horse. Adopting out wild horses hasn’t been all that successful.
HIRE ONE OF THE VERY BEST MUSTANG TRAINERS, OF COURSE!
Well, why not hire one of the very best mustang trainers who has extreme experience training mustangs – day in and day out – for years, successfully! Literally, that is all he has done. For years. Train Mustangs. Make them good citizens. Make them totally adoptable. Save them from the jail-like mustang holding cells of Nevada.
And luckily, that very special trainer needs a job…
Yup. The plan is to hire the breakout star from the Carson City Prisoner Trained Mustang Program… Fred Winkler.
Yes, sure… there is risk.
But really, this is such a win-win… Fred isn’t expensive, he loves what he does and he needs a fresh start and he’s doing it anyway! Why not make it formal and give him that exact job… with housing on the premises with a venue to do his work and his mentor and support system at his fingertips.
Eight horses a month could be adopted out with proper marketing – which is already in place.
You can’t win without trying. Fred wants this as bad as the people from this group want to help him and help the mustangs.
And, who else is willing to work really hard with wild horses for not a lot of money – but just for the respect and personal boost of a community behind him?
Yes, a risk… that could pay off hugely for the Mustangs.
What have they got to lose?
Really. Think about it…
To top it off, there is a donor who will match whatever money we raise. So, the goal is a 6 month program… Total cost, around $6000. If we can raise $3000, the donor will match it. If we raise more, same same.
If this program is successful, it will receive long term support and hopefully become an training model and institution for the Mustang. A way to facilitate the best freedom possible for captive horses – and a once captive man.
WHO IS THE GROUP BEHIND THIS?
Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC) will be the coordinator in cooperation with the Let ‘Em Run Foundation, the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, Return to Freedom as well as other regional wild horse / rescue nonprofits who wish to collaborate – and you.
Let’s give this guy, this community and these very deserving horses a chance… Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that they both can be healed together.
Let’s do this thing and perhaps start a new wave of opportunities for both horse and man.
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