FRIENDS OF THE MUSTANG HORSE AND OUR AMERICAN HEROES
"Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to its source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse."
- Author Unknown
Our Founder and President, Kim Kota, talks about the similarities between Veterans and Mustang horses and how they can help each other heal.
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Military Veterans and the American Wild Horse....How they help each other
The Current Situation with our Veterans
American Veterans who are dealing with the stress of returning to civilian life find themselves unprepared for challenges. Troubling statistics from the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research reveal that “18.5 percent of the vets who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).’’
What is even more alarming is that a 2015 Inspector General report found that more than 300,000 veterans likely died while waiting for VA health care, including some who committed suicide as they waited for mental health services for conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What is going on right now with our Wild Mustang Horses
Almost 45,000 wild mustang horses have been removed from our public lands and are now confined in holding corrals awaiting adoption. Most of these horses have been untouched by humans. Finding adopters proves to be challenging. Considerable patience, understanding, and equine knowledge is necessary when working with wild mustangs. This process can be difficult and challenging at times, but is extremely rewarding once the trust is earned and the horse and human start to work together. These amazing animals need to get out of these holding corrals and into private care as soon as possible. They can be utilized and beneficial in so many different ways that will bring joy to all who are lucky enough to get to work with them.
Something More Must Be Done...How We Can Help
Here is where we come in! Our passion for our wild mustang horses run deep. Our love for our Veterans does, too! It is no secret that our Veterans need more resources to help them through difficult challenges that can be present when returning to a civilian life after serving in the Military. These Mustang horses can be extremely helpful to Veterans!
Horses are said to be therapeutic for many. Programs where Veterans are working with horses have shown to help reduce stress, build confidence, improve relationships, and help build trust again. We offer Veterans another option to the traditional kinds of therapy currently available. Our programs using our American Wild Mustang horses are NOT therapy, but rather "therapeutice," and have shown to be healing and rewarding for many Veterans.
We offer several programs to Veterans at NO COST to them. Our Founder and Trainer personally own 9 mustangs in total and they have generously donated the use of these incredible horses to the organization. Because of this unique opportunity, we can serve Veterans in many ways. Once Veterans have successfully completed our Wild Mustang Horse Bootcamp, they will have the opportunity to participate in our Veteran and Mustang Gentling Program where they will gentle an untouched wild horse! If Veterans would like to come and just hang out with our awesome mustangs, groom them, and/or walk them around, we have an opportunity for that, as well. Also, we will need help at our monthly work days, so any Veteran who just wants to put their labor skills to work, we welcome that, too!