Molly Jenks & Yeager

Yeager in his pen
Yeager in his pen

Yeager was gathered from the Callahan HMA in Nevada.  He was assigned to Molly Jenks as a 2010 mustang makeover horse in the Norco, California Extreme Mustang Makeover.  Molly pickup up Yeager in February of that year and had 90 days to gentle and train him for the Norco EMM, a 2 day competition. They had to compete in different sections such as body conditioning (which they won), in hand, arena work and offsite trail work through the streets and hills of Norco and crossing the river as well.  They finished in the TOP TEN and Molly was able to “adopt” him at the end of the competition.  The horses at the EMM are all auctioned off for adoption to the highest bidder. And even though she trained Yeager, Molly had to put him through the sale and be the highest bidder to get to take him back home. Read more Molly Jenks & Yeager

What is Endurance?

Written by Janet Tipton

Well… Wikipedia defines it as “an equestrian sport based on controlled long-distance races. It is one of the international competitions recognized by the International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI).” Another web site defines it as, “a timed test against the clock of an individual horse/rider team’s ability to traverse a marked, measured cross-country “trail” over natural terrain consisting of a distance of 50 to 100 miles in a day. American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) offers a Limited Distance (LD) program. LD rides are anywhere from 25 to 35 miles in length. AERC rules allow 12 hours to complete a 50 mile ride, and 24 hours for a 100 mile ride. Limited Distance is allowed 6 hours for 25 miles. Ride time is pre-determined incrementally by the ride distance. The ride time includes time on the trail, and time spent in the vet check.

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Jessica Mosbaugh & Burney

Written by Tracey Westbury

Burney, a scrappy little South Steens yearling
Burney, a scrappy little South Steens yearling

It was fall of 2009 when Jessica Mosbaugh had been scrolling through the Mustang Diaries blog and she spotted what she thought would be the perfect pinto partner, a handsome colt who went by the name of Dibs.  He was wild…VERY wild…but had recently been gathered by the BLM and was standing at the facility in Burns, Oregon.  Jessica was smitten and planned to make the trip from her California home to adopt Dibs during the Colorfest adoption.

Jessica wasn’t the only one who took notice of Dibs, though, and by the time she arrived at the event the colt was gone, returned to the wild by the BLM.  Disappointed, she turned her attention to the horses that were still available. Read more Jessica Mosbaugh & Burney

Sookie’s Story

Sookie on the trail

By: Tina Aguirre

In July 2011, I was the proud winner of an Online BLM adoption for a wild mustang from Paul’s Valley Oklahoma; little did I know then that that this journey would be so amazing.

On August 3, 2011, my cousin and I began our cross-country drive from Buffalo NY to OK to pick up my beautiful black and white 4-year-old pinto filly. The trip took my cousin and me approximately 24hrs to reach Oklahoma. We arrived during the wee hours about a quarter mile from our pick up in Kellyville Oklahoma and tried to get some much needed sleep at this point. Yet after only about an hour a very nice police officer, who after hearing our story thought I, was certifiably insane to make such a venture, awakened us.  We had a very long night, as the gas station we were parked at did not open until about 6 AM. Nonetheless, morning came and we proceeded to the fairgrounds for the adoption pick up. Read more Sookie’s Story

Pay it Forward

By: Nancy Hawley

I had plans…plans to get a mustang. It was a dream I’d had for half a century. I can remember when the mustangs were not protected by Federal Law; when they were treated brutally, inhumanely being “harvested” for dog food. It broke my heart to know that was the fate of a great, American legend. I vowed way back then to “save” at least one before I died. Federal Law afforded protection to some of the wild horses found on public, government land. But then the numbers of horses increased, requiring monitoring to maintain numbers the land could support, so herds were, and are, sometimes gathered and thinned before being released again  to the wild. Those retained are kept in facilities called “short term holding”; they will not spend their lives in these facilities. Many are available for adoption directly from these facilities, if the adopter meets the requirements of adequate fencing and shelter. Wild horses are generally very fit, and dedicated to self-preservation, so they require better, higher fencing and more secure shelters than tame horses. My place did not meet those requirements, so that’s where I started my search. Read more Pay it Forward

Winner of WHBA Horse Registration #1

Jennie & Chance
Young Chance

Chance and her owner Jennie:
Arlington Washington is where Jennie Kreutzer and her boyfriend Charlie call home. Jennie decided to be the  “ stays at home girlfriend” to take care of their “furry” children, and considers herself lucky to be retired at the age of thirty-nine.

Jennie began riding at the age of seven, owning and showing until she was eighteen years old, when she took a hiatus from horses until about eight years ago, when a friend of hers needed to downsize their herd.

Jennie had been following the Mustang U blog, took part in a naming contest that Tracey Westbury offered to name the foal of a Sale Authority mare Tracey had named “Liberty”. Jennie came up with the winning name of Liberty’s Last Chance, and the wheels were put into motion! Read more Winner of WHBA Horse Registration #1