CURIOUS MINDS MUST KNOW
Our Mustangs and philosophy can bring a lot of questions. Here are our top 5:
Do you train them?
We don’t. Once our mustangs arrive they are here for life, so training serves no greater purpose. They’re here to be wild, which is just the way we like them!
What about their hooves?
Truly wild horses don’t need hoof care as the changing terrain and extensive mileage keeps their feet in good shape. Overgrown hooves become a problem when they’re not allowed to freely roam or don’t have access to denser/rocky soil types. Our sanctuary has large rocky features that are walked over most days by our traveling bands. We do keep an eye on the hooves in our Medical Pasture, though the critical point is past what most domestic owners are used to. These horses are wild and can pose a serious danger to farriers and Veterinarians unless properly sedated. Sedation is safest when done with a dart gun, but it still carries a risk to both the horse and people. Because of this, we interfere only when necessary
Do you allow breeding?
We do not. The males that we accept must be gelded and healed before they can be released into our general population. Stallions in this setting could be dangerous, and every foal that we allow takes a space from a mustang in need. Our focus is to help as many mustangs and burros as we responsibly can without overloading the land or risking our current herd.
Why don’t you let them go?
The health and welfare of our mustangs and burros is our responsibility. We need to keep them safe, well fed and away from the risks of traffic, trespassing disputes, and physical barriers. Our herd lives as naturally as possible here within the safety of our perimeter fence. Besides supplemental feeding, as required, this is as wild as one could provide.
Why don’t you take more?
We would like to, but we need to be careful not to overload the land. Ultimately, the long-term care costs lie on our shoulders and we need to feed everyone in good times and bad. If we overpopulate we can do permanent damage to our sensitive soil, spread disease, and push out indigenous wildlife. Saying no is the hardest part of our job, but we stand to help more mustangs over time if we do it responsibly now.
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