Mustang Horses

The Joy of Introducing Volunteers to Mustangs!

It’s been a busy few days at CZ Mustangs!

We recently began

our program to introduce more people in our area to wild mustangs. And the response has been overwhelming.

So many people in our area are horse lovers but do not have the resources or time to invest in actual horse ownership. When I posted a request for volunteers, I was inundated with over 100 responses! Wow.

After contacting a few of them, some people began coming to the farm to start their journey learning about mustangs. The reasons varied…some just wanted to be around horses, others missed having horses in their lives, others had more personal reasons. But they all have one thing in common: an unbridled spirit.

One of CZ Mustangs' Volunteers with Annie, a mustang rescued TWICE...and now a sanctuary mustang on our ranch. Annie chose this wonderful volunteer...walking right up and nosing her. It was beautiful to see Annie select her "person".
One of CZ Mustangs’ Volunteers with Annie, a mustang rescued TWICE…and now a sanctuary mustang on our ranch. Annie chose this wonderful volunteer…walking right up and nosing her. It was beautiful to see Annie select her “person”.

Our initial program asks that people come to our farm at least once a week to work with a designated mustang. These are mustangs that reside on our farm for any variety of reasons: past competitions, currently in training, rescues, or sanctuary horses.

The volunteers are not required to do any barn work. That is not the point of the program. Instead, we simply want to get to know mustangs. I always hated going to volunteer programs and being forced to do menial tasks: filing, answering phones, mucking stalls, etc. These are very important things, mind you. But I always vowed that when I started my non-profits, I would find out what volunteers really wanted or even needed from our program and help them do it. And, let’s face it, people who volunteer at horse rescues most likely want some hands-on time.

So we are giving it to them.

After filling out some paperwork, going through a short safety orientation, touring of the facility, and learning what is expected of them, they meet the mustangs and then, based on their experience level and personal needs, we try to match them up with a mustang. They learn how to fetch the mustang from the paddocks, groom the mustang, and take it for walks. Eventually, we will teach them how to do in-hand ground work and, hopefully, free lunging in the round pen.

The response has been tremendous. We’ve had tears of joy, beautiful smiles, and an infusion of new happiness on the farm. It’s wonderful to be able to share our mustangs (and our PASSION for mustangs) with new friends.

Another CZ Mustangs' Volunteer with Malibu. Malibu wore the same halter as her own horse that she gave up a few years ago. She missed her horse, Bailey, sooooo much. They made an INSTANT connection. It was magical to watch.
Another CZ Mustangs’ Volunteer with Malibu. Malibu wore the same halter as her own horse that she gave up a few years ago. She missed her horse, Bailey, sooooo much. They made an INSTANT connection. It was magical to watch.

What I am learning is that, for some people, being around horses is recreational therapy. Some people need horses to create a sense of balance in their lives.

I know that it’s not for everyone and, unfortunately, I cannot accommodate all 100 people who responded. I wish I could. But it’s fantastic to see so many people open up their hearts to our herd. Even better, it’s beyond heartwarming to see how the horses have opened up to these amazing volunteers.

I’m so happy that we can share our mustangs with other people. It’s even better that our mustangs can get even more attention from people who are falling in love with them.

However, I must confess that the best part is educating people about mustangs, telling them about the amazing efforts of the Bureau of Land Management, and the programs offered by Mustang Heritage Foundation, TIP Challenges, and other organizations/people that are doing so much to help these horses. The integrity of these programs are only as good as the people that support them. I truly hope that we are doing our part to continue aiding in rehoming more mustangs.

~Sarah/Shelly

 

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