Mustangs and Mindfulness!
Equine Presence Farm Programs that include trained and un-gentled Mustangs!
Equine Presence Farm
Lori is offering programs for those who wish to learn to gentle a mustang. With over 40 years of horse training experience, using gentle methods, correct body language and a mindful approach- Mustangs under her training are soft, unafraid and get a foundation that will carry forward for their domestic life.
As a Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP trainer, Equine Presence Farm is able to provide an approved adopter with a gentled mustang for only $125.00!
Lori has over 40 years of horse training experience, so much to offer, and focus is on the horses well being.
Certified in CBT, Mindfulness practices, Reiki and more - I have been successful in helping people find the calm, centered, "Presence" that is necessary when working with horses, ESPECIALLY Mustangs.
Un-gentled Mustangs for TIP training will be available to interact with and learn from.
*Group clinics and retreats at our serene, private farm with private access to meeting room / apartment are available!
*One on one sessions start at one hour and can incorporate 3 different Mustangs at 3 different training levels. Guided instruction and thoughtful lessons will prepare you to better work with any horse.
Read about Lori's experiences with her first Mustang below
A Mustangs Journey to her "Forever Home"
This is a picture given to me by Shawna Richardson from the BLM, who I feel so fortunate to have met through a very good friend Cathy, who's son worked with her out west.
Stars did align during this journey!
This is Adrija shortly after (same day) of capture, still on the range in Fish Lake Valley. She is the second from the left. She is with just mares in the young mare pen where she had been sorted with other mares that had no foal at their side. Shawna was so kind to give me this information and a CD of her entire roundup!!
The YouTube video.........
When I somehow, by fate or who knows - came across the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption page, well.... there went that month. Out of probably around 150? horses being offered at that time, this one caught my eye and my heart. I was lucky that she had a video. Out of the 757 views it has had, probably 500 were me (make that 501) :)
Here are the stats on my girl.
This is the notice on the Internet Adoption board right after I won her with a total of 11 bids. (the last 2 were mine, I was so excited and worried because someone else was also bidding on her that I increased my bid when I didn't even have to!
Well, I won!! And now I had over a month of waiting while she made the long journey to Illinois from Ridgecrest California. She made 3 stops at other holding facilities where she was unloaded, rested, regrouped with more horses destined for Ewing. I tracked here like a kid tracks Santa the whole way!!
I had a lot of time to get things just right for her. I was thrilled that my Dad wanted to come along for the 6 1/2 hour drive down to the corrals.
This picture to the left is my Dad and I when we got to Ewing!
Now I had to find her- so many Mustangs! What pen was she in, was she even here? I can't - oh wait, is that her???
Yes, it is! I think through the mud I see the correct 3 white socks. And even though she hid her face a lot, yes - there is that pretty white blaze!
Now it was time to load her up. Even though this was my first Mustang to train, I instinctively knew for sure....
that I did not want her haltered... I had seen horses in the chute being stopped mid-load to be haltered. Most of them rear and crash into the panels and object -- of course. I have seen some smack their heads and scrape the hair off their faces, and some bash their legs against the chute. Nope, this was going to be my dressage horse - I am also not going to cause her any more stress. (therefore no loading pictures) But she went sailing straight in the trailer, the door was quickly closed and off we went on the journey home!
It really could not have gone much smoother. My Dad helped me unload. I backed my trailer up exactly as planned, used the door and another panel from the corral to make an entry chute and in she went. The corral suddenly seemed very small! There I was, only 30 feet away from her at most as I closed up her corral making sure she didn't have an inch of an escape route! It had started sleeting a bit as we entered Wisconsin and although I had hay and water both inside the shelter and out, I worried that she would be cold and wet, as I had been warned that sometimes it takes a while before they will go into a shelter.
Well, I got confirmation within the first hour at most that she was not afraid to go in. I had made a lane next to the pen that also went into a lane inside the shelter, so I could go in and out without having to be too close.
I was delighted when the next morning, what did I see.... PINE SHAVINGS in her tail-- YAY!! That meant she laid down on the nice bed I made for her on her very first night!
Here is a few pictures of her the next day.
She had lost quite a bit of weight during the long trip across the US.
In fact, it appears she is the last of the Mustangs that come from Ridgecrest California to Ewing. It is (I believe) the furthest BLM Holding Facility from us, in the upper West.
However she was captured just over the boarder in Nevada, in the Silver Mountain area.
I named her Adrija long before ever seeing her in person.
In sanskrit her name means "Mountain Born" or "Daughter of the Mountain"
Seemed to fit....
Well Miss Adrija was rather shy- she wasn't going to be one of the "Easy Ones" that many are.
Looking at this picture to the left, I still see a lot of "wild" in her eyes.
This also is the day I was able to finally take her tag off. It was very weathered and there was no way it was going to slide through the metal piece that keeps the tag centered around their neck. I asked my Dad if he has something I could use - SPECIFICALLY - Very sharp, so would quickly cut cord, but not too point, and I had to be able to only use one hand.... He came out of the garage with the perfect tool and it worked!
Her gentling took some time.. I believe this picture was taken at the end of May, so about 2 full months from her arrival. I had been working with her at liberty, and she was so smart - I could have her do a figure 8 around me, both directions at walk and trot (which was hard - she had a tough side and I had to train each side separately). She also knew voice commands for walk, trot and whoa - all before I could ever get a halter on her!
I used a soft big fat rope and a long bamboo pole to first rub her all over, then slide the rope over her neck, hook it with the pole and eventually made a halter out of it and started teaching her to lead. She still was only letting me touch her cheek and neck at this point.
First day with a halter on
First day with a saddle on her back!
This picture to the left was dated 10-4-16. She had been with me 7 months now. What a beauty. Still one of may favorite pictures of her and my profile pic for "Adopt a Mustang" literature. I mean - look at this wild thing! She is still in her gentling area at this time, working on introduction to electric fencing.
First day out of her gentling corral, in a real pasture with grass and big girl fencing!
I then was able to introduce her to the "herd" (Star and Zeke) and they did fine in same pasture.
First day being led around in front of barn area, with people there to watch! I'm asking my Dad to interact with her - he hadn't "touched" her since her nose reached out to touch is hand while in the trailer coming home from Ewing - I think he got the first touch!
And a pic after our third ride that early winter, about 8 1/2 months after coming home as an untouched Mustang.
When you adopt a mustang, you will receive a title of ownership one year after you take them home, after having your Vet sign off that you have properly cared for them.
When I told Adrija she was officially all mine- I got this face!!! (well I caught this somehow!)
Yay, my title arrived!
Many happy days are in store for us!
She's a happy horse!!
Yup - 2 years later I did it all over again.
My good friend Dianna named him for me:
Genghis Khan created the largest empire in the history of the world on the back of a horse. He believed in “khiimori,” or “wind horse” — a human quality that remains essential to Mongolians 900 years later. Wind horse is the strength of your spirit, your inspiration, your courage. Khiimori is like the soul of the horse and the spirit of the earth and the sky. It is these untamed places in Mongolia
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