The United States as we know it was built in part by rugged individuals in a rugged country. The road west was a trial of endurance, survival, and determination. The only way one can really understand the adversities faced by our ancestors is to experience it all for oneself. Experience the danger, the cold , the hardships, the Hail, Rain, & Snow, or the hard wagon floors or cold dirt that will be ones bed. The snakes, predators, and varmints of both the four and two legged varieties that provide a constant element of danger. The adversities of preparing ones meal over an open fire. The challenges of repairing broken wagons and calming scared horses. A continuous endeavor of keeping ones faith intact, and sidearm clean. The willingness to surrender ones comfort, as well ones personal cleanliness. All for a better future, to build, to grow as a person as well as grow the crops and assets that will feed and grow the Nation. To manifest ones destiny.
One of the few natural resources available was the Wild American Mustang. It is part of our heritage. Part of us all being Americans. More important than statues. More significant than museums. A virtual living American heritage. One of the few that still exist today. Without the Wild Mustang, we would not be who or what we are. An America that would go on to create the Nation that would save the world some day from tyranny and oppression. The land of the Free.
Today, the Wild Mustang is facing changing policies that could endanger it’s very existence. Policies that weigh more on the benefits of the wealthy, of financial profits and corporate welfare, than the history and heritage of the People of the United States.
This brings us to here and now. A group of American Cowboys and Cowgirls, along the the Bureau of Land Management, recently decided to prove the value of the breed by driving a team made of two Mustangs with 6 months training, and two Paint Horses, with only 30 days of training. To do this they relied on the expertise of of horse trainers Dave Herring of Colorado and Steve Mantle of Wyoming. Starting out with a gentling process by Steve Mantle and sons, and finishing with 6 months of training to pull the wagon with Dave Herring, the Mustangs performed flawlessly.
This is part 1, part two featuring details of the trip and the Dearwood Ranch Mustang event will be soon to come.