Wild and feral mustangs roam free in many Herd Management Areas across the United States. Due to overpopulation, the Wild Horse and Burro program under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has routine round ups and adopts them out to approved homes.
There are different groups and organizations who encourage mustang adoptions by hosting training competitions where trainers pick up a wild mustang and have until the competition to train it. They then compete to showcase mustang trainability.
The Bureau of Land Management gives every mustang a unique freezebrand using liquid nitrogen or dry ice which kills the hairs color follicles making the hair grow back white and is supposed to be painless. Similar to a social security number, this brand tells you where the equine is from and how old it is.
Lunaria's Legacy (Luna) is was born in 2020 on the Adobe Town Herd Management Area in Wyoming. She was then rounded up in January of 2022, before I adopted her in May for the 2023 Michigan TIP Challenge.
Luna is a gentle sweetheart. We competed at TIP challenge after approximately 100 days of training, won Horsemanship Champion, and placed 3rd overall!
Kalifornia Blonde (Kali) was born on the Bitner California Herd Management Area and gathered in September 2021 before we picked her up in Tennesse, April 2022.
We participated in the 2022 Illinois Mustang TIP Challenge and Virtual Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM)! For both of these competitions, I had approximately 100 days to train this untouched yearling mustang before competing against other trainers in Illinois and across the United States online. We placed seventh in the EMM and Reserve Champion in the TIP Challenge!
Nevada's Spartan (Spartan) lived wild and free in the Eagle Nevada Herd Management Area until he was rounded up in 2020. I picked him out at an adoption event in Ohio as a five year old untouched gelding in March 2021.
He was a very scared mustang when I got him. The first time he saw me he jumped and nearly went over a six foot fence. He was definitely a challenge to gentle, but has taught me more than I realize.