Youth and Horses Benefiting From One Another
Kkids transforming horses while being transformed themselves.
The Mustang Project is open to students 13 years of age and older. The program is for those students interested in learning more about horses but do not have the facilities, finances, or family support to own their own horse. We especially welcome "at risk" students - those who may be struggling in school, or socially, due to their home life, peer pressures, or academic challenges.
While basic riding skills will be taught, this is not the focus of the program. We believe that true horsemanship is more than getting on a horse and riding.
There is no charge to students to participate, however students are expected to participate on a regular basis, keep their school grades and attendance up, and maintain good conduct at home, school, and in the community.
The Mustang Project advocates and participates in the adoption of Mustangs. These horses are gathered from both BLM and state controlled lands. Thousands of young healthy horses are available for adoption through the BLM and many have been in holding facilities for far too long. Mustangs gathered from state controlled lands are not protected, and can go directly to auction where they can be sold for slaughter. The Mustang Project's goal is to adopt and train as many of these Mustangs as possible, either for use in the program, or to be adopted by the public.
All horses that are part of the Project are trained using recognized "non-forceful" gentling methods. Mustangs have been successfully trained for all types of work, competition, and enjoyment. To learn more about BLM Mustangs: BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program.
The Mustang Project is looking for a ranch in the Northern California counties of TEHAMA, GLENN or BUTTE to purchase or lease.
Besides being a place where mustangs can be gentled and trained, we would also like to provide a sanctuary for mustangs that should be left wild. The sanctuary will be open to visitors wanting to learn about and see Mustangs. Information, clinics and public events will be offered about Mustangs, and to increase public awareness about adopting and gentling Mustangs. We will hold events such as Mustang adoptions, and trail trials and play days for Mustang owners and those in the program to show the public the versatility of the Mustang.
In addition, our long range goals are to offer a handicapped riding program, a program for veterans, and a youth camp program, all using Mustangs that have been adopted or were in danger of going to slaughter.
We are seeking donations that will be set aside specifically for this purpose.
Stay tuned for more information, and fund raising opportunities. To find out how to donate, click here.