Rescue — Train — Re-home Program
Our goal is both to preserve the rare Spanish Mustang population while at the same time bringing unwanted horses to the forefront of society by proper training and thoughtful re-homing.
Many of the already rare Spanish Mustangs have fallen to the wayside from neglect, mistreatment, or abuse ending with either being euthanized or worse, sent to slaughterhouses. Since finding Spanish Mustangs that are well trained is already a rarity, we will be concentrating on training the rescued horses in the discipline that they seem most suited for. At times, this can be a slow and difficult process due to the trauma they have experienced, making it financially and practically unfeasible for many trainers.
All too often, the problem with the homes they are rescued from is a lack of attention to the individual potential of each horse. Thanks to your support, the Spanish Mustang Foundation is able to rescue Spanish Mustangs, train them to be more suitable adoptees, and re-home them once trained in the discipline they are most suited for, based on individual personality and conformation.
Part of the training process will involve using them in the Spanish Mustang Foundation sponsored horsemanship clinics, SOAR horse camp for kids, public demonstrations and Equine Assisted Learning Programs.
With this program we will save the lives of many Spanish Mustangs. We will help put them on the map as a valuable asset to individuals and the horse world, and “educate the public about the Spanish Mustang and the need to protect and perpetuate the breed”.
What do you get for your tax-deductible donation? The horses get a new chance at life. Few things are so valuable. We will also keep you personally up to date as to the progress of the horse you are sponsoring whether it be the training or just recuperating out in the pasture with the other horses.
Horses that need your help!
Chino was surrendered to us this past winter very spooky, afraid of humans, and unpredictable, to the extent that if we didn’t take him the owner was going to put him down. We let Chino decide when he was ready to form relationships with humans again. We have been working with him since then starting by desensitizing him to ropes and working all the way up to competing in his first endurance race this May. Chino is a remarkably kind horse that has good go in him. He likes to be talked to in a kind way and have a lot of fun. His bloodlines go back to some legendary endurance racehorses. His Great Grandpa was San Domingo of Marguerite Henry’s book “San Domingo Medicine Hat Stallion”. He, like many Spanish Mustangs, is a fancy mover and will excel in many disciplines. His beautiful and flashy looks make him appear to be a White Spanish Mustang, but he is actually a perlino. Perlino horses are less likely to sunburn because the skin is peach colored as opposed to the pink skin of a true white horse.
Rawhide is an average sized, black rabicano colored Spanish Mustang. He was recently surrendered and has suffered an incredibly tough life thus far. He was part of a seizure of 69 horses in South Dakota do to starvation. Rawhide came severely malnourished and quite sick, with a bad reputation of striking out and charging. All we have see thus far is a horse that doesn’t like to be cornered. You look in his eye and you can see that he is a sweet boy that has just learned to be cautious and protective in order to survive. We want to give Rawhide the chance to learn how to just be a horse again in a herd with lots of room to run. Every day he comes closer to letting down his guard for the love and scratches that await him when he is ready.
Rawhide, prior to rescue
Rawhide, June 2013
Both of these horses need sponsorship on all levels. The Rescue - Train - Re-home program is in its pilot stages. We need to show the program is feasible and can actually help save some Spanish Mustangs. Its success is largely dependent upon the public. The Spanish Mustang Foundation guarantees their safety and training but for it to be an ongoing program it will need the support from you.