The mustangs have arrived! 2016 recipient Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship (CTRH) has two new residents as of August 29th and they seem to be enjoying their new corrals!
Rob Seideman, Executive Director of CTRH has shared more information including two videos about the process. One video shows part of the selection process for choosing the male and the second shows them unloading the black mustang once they arrived back in Milford. They can be found HERE.
We were very surprised at how well-cared for all the mustangs were at the BLM holding facility. The facility is located in Ewing, IL, and – in addition to the two mustangs we returned home with – there were approximately 300 other wild mustangs being held there.
The facility was clean, there were very few flies, plenty of shade, and all the horses were healthy and clearly well fed. The process to load them on to the CTRH trailer was incredibly humane, and not a hand was laid on them throughout the process.
That said, there are currently 50,000 wild mustangs being held in holding pens across the country, and the attached pic symbolizes how the two mustangs we adopted are no longer “just numbers.” (All the horses at the Ewing holding facility had these id tags on bands around their necks, and the id tags in the pic were removed from our horses just before they were loaded on to the CTRH trailer.)
Instead, as you know, military veterans participating in CTRH’s W.O.R.T.H. program will be responsible for gentling CTRH’s newly adopted mustangs, and preparing them to be adopted out of CTRH and into loving homes, a fate much different than that faced by the 50,000 mustangs still in captivity, particularly since the future for America’s wild mustangs is the bleakest it’s ever been.
The cost to taxpayers to feed and care for BLM mustangs in captivity is up to $80 million/year, and the cost-saving measures being discussed now include 1) euthanizing 45,000 of the 50,000 horses in captivity, or 2) allowing them to be sold without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.
It could very well be the case that – for the mustangs adopted through Impact 100’s generous support – they were spared one of those two fates – and in the nick of time.