Mustang Lives Matter

Our Mission


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that offers sanctuary to equines, particularly mustangs, as funding permits.  Neither the organizer nor Board members ride.  Instead, the equines have value apart from riding. 

However, finding homes for horses that cannot be ridden is unlikely.  Thus, we train them in basic handling skills including saddling.  At that point, we rely on professional horse trainers to train the horses to carry a rider.         

The organization started with a homeless burro, Rosie,  who had been abandoned.  Shortly afterward, the organization purchased two "three strike" wild horses from the Bureau of Land Management (Traveler and Red Cloud).   Often, the three strike mustangs are purchased for meat.  Three strike horses include horses that have been adopted and returned or are found to be more resistant to handling.  

In the following year, a yearling, Smooth, that had been seized by local law enforcement was acquired to keep him from going to auction to be sold for meat.  

This year, a neglected, unwanted older burro with founder, Carlita,  was acquired.  We have provided gentling and groundwork training for all but our newcomer who has medical issues to be resolved first.

Their Stories


Red Cloud is  a handsome five year old sorrel gelding, about  15 hands.   He has good basic ground skills although he is extremely fearful around new people.   He has displayed aggression with trainers including charging, threatening to bite and energetic resistance.  One trainer felt he is too dangerous to be adopted.  A second trainer said he was the most dangerous horse she worked with.  A third trainer could not accomplish his training goals due to aggression and resistance.  But, when he does trust, he is willing and gentle.  

Traveler is a  handsome bay about 14 hands high.  He has Spanish mustang bloodlines with a warm blood temperment.  He learns quickly and seems to enjoy interacting with handlers and learning new things.   He still bucks and threatened to kick in early stages of training.

Rosie is a darling jenny about  12 - 15 years old and about 11 hands high.  She has a calming influence on the horses and Carlita and clearly enjoys their company.   She loves to be groomed and have her neck scratched.  She stands still for the farrier.

Smooth is a two year old paint.  He was seized by local authorities from a neglectful situation.  He is too young to ride but has been started with a bareback saddle.   He really likes people and is very social.  He is inquisitive and must know what is going on.  He challenged the tractor to stay our of his pasture and then decided to follow it around and keep his eye on it. He is also the first one to mealtime.

Carlita is a 15+ year old burro.  She has founder and has trouble walking very far.  Her hooves had grown upward and curled so she was in constant pain and had difficulty walking. She had been abandoned and little is known of her history, Now, her health is improving.  While she still has a limp, she gets around quite a bit. However, founder is not curable. It is the result of the coffin bone moving out of place.  Carlita loves to be groomed and particularly loves carrots. 

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We Are Grateful To Our Supporters.


Our wish list includes funds for additional training under saddle; a used horse trailer; and expanded run in sheds.  In addition, we need summer blankets, another halter and feed, supplements and hay.. 

Please donate to our organization to help these equines and to help more in the future.  

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