Today I share with you an interview with an American organization dedicated to one of the causes more dear to me: the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
The United States character is defined by the land that this nation belongs to. A public land which, especially in the West, is wide, free and belongs to its citizens as well to the wild horses that lives here.
The Foundation, born in 2001, since its birth, has sponsored the value of the Mustangs, increasing their desirability and interest from the public.
It has also created the Extreme Mustang Makeover. It’s an event that gives the opportunity to the horse holders to coach the mustangs in a period of 100 days, preparing them for an equestrian event. After the event, through an auction, the public may adopt the horses. The Mustang Heritage Foundation writes on its website: “The event was designed to show the trainability and versatility of the living legends.”
I am honored to share with you the words of Matt Manroe, Director of Marketing of the Foundation, which I thanks for this opportunity.
Question: Thank you for the opportunity to talk with me. Tell us a bit about what the Mustang Heritage Foundation does. What is its goal and why it’s so important – not only for the horses, but for us, for our future as human beings.
Answer: The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse experience and secure adequate numbers of caring homes for excess horses. Working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is passionate about the successful placement of Mustangs into private cares o future generations can enjoy this distinctive feature of our American heritage.
Q: The Mustangs express what is most dear to the American people: the freedom. How we can protect this freedom?
A: Herd management. Mustangs will double in population every 4-5 years if left alone. They have no natural predators. Gathering is one solution to balance the herd populations and the forage and water sources needed for their health and the health of other species.
Q: The American public land looks so wide but sometimes also incredibly limited for all of us. What we can do to find the right balance and preserve the land for all the species who live in it?
A: Again, land and herd management. Very difficult to do. Rangeland once damaged does not come back quickly or easily, if at all.
Q: Why, according to you, the Mustangs represents a resource for the American people? What made their heritage so important?
A: They helped to tame the west. Help build the America we know and enjoy today.
Q: Looking at these horses we can feel an extraordinary strength in them. A sort of primordial purity. From what this come from and how you would like to describe it?
A: (For this answer I attach the campaign of “America’s Mustang”).
The Mustang symbolizes what we hold dear as Americans. Our pride. Our strength. Our ability not only to survive, but thrive. United yet independent. Strong willed yet compassionate. The American Mustangs as diverse as our American culture.
But even as talented and unique as the American Mustangs are, they are in need of our interest and support. We need to come together as a nation to better understand and support the Mustang today and for many years to come. Let’s honor the Mustang that helped us settle and define the country we call America. Let’s celebrate the horses that are a part of our heritage. Let’s celebrate the spirit and the power of these majestic animals. Let’s come together to discover who the American Mustangs are–where they are located, what they need as a breed and how we can all help to manage, care for and even adopt or buy one for our own.
Through education we will be able to better understand the needs of the Mustang. Through interaction and personal contact we can see and experience their beauty and spirit. Through competition we can fully realize their talents and understand why they played such a critical role in creating the America we know today. It is our responsibility to help maintain, manage and protect our national rangeland. To ensure that there is balance and stability in the use of our national resources to support the livelihood of Mustangs. To adopt and provide alternative homes that support the efforts of the Bureau of Land Management. It is time for America to come together to celebrate this symbol of the American spirit to help ensure that it will survive and thrive today and for generations to come.
Q: Why a rancher should decide to adopt one of these horses? As Mustang Heritage Foundation, what support do you give to the buyers?
A: Mustangs can be great work horses. They are strong in their structure. Good for endurance. Easy to keep.
Many times the trainers will continue to work with the Mustangs and their new owners. MHF is happy to answer questions and help connect owners to the help they need.
Q: I have seen you are an owner of two Mustangs. For this reason, how you are personally changed owning these horses, what values you have learned from them?
A: I take great pride in owning two Mustangs. I had the ability to help our country by adopting two yearlings that my daughter competed with and now I care for and ride. I encourage others to do the same. Even if you own other pure breed horses, adopt of purchase a mustang to add to your barn. Do your part if your can.
Q: A normal person – not a rancher or a landowner – who want to support your cause, besides donations, how can be really active in the program and the promotion of these horses?
A: Tell people they know that might have the ability to adopt/purchase a horse. Attend an event to get more educated. Volunteer at an event.
Q: Time ago I watched the documentary Unbranded. I loved it so much that then I rewatched it a very much number of time. According to you, this documentary has contributed to open the eyes of the public, raising a new awareness about it?
A: Yes. Very entertaining as well as educational. Presented different points of views about the Mustang situation in America. The four guys who did the trek demonstrated the power and skills of the American Mustang. I have met all four of them. Ben has been a strong advocate and sits on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
Q: How according to you the myth of the West and the wild horses – from movies to literature to even cartoons – has contributed to the cause?
A: In general, American’s hold on to the mystique of the mustangs. Their wildness – their history. They embody to lore of the Wild West and the legend of the American cowboy.
Q: One last question: if you could describe the mustangs with one sentence, which one would be?
A: Mustangs embody the diversity and the spirit of the American West.