U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
"Ladybug", and Janet Tipton.
If you would like to submit articles for the National Wild Horse and Burro Newsletter, please e-mail articles and photos (at least 300 dpi) to Janet_Neal@blm.gov or mail to Janet Neal, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520-0006, or phone (775) 861-6614.
♦ Note from Editor - Submissions may be edited to reduce the length or correct minor issues. After edits, if you would like the final "draft" article sent back for your personal review, please indicate this in your submission.
All stories must be about freezemarked mustangs and/or wild burros. Please ensure pictures are sent at the same time the story is (or immediately thereafter) and include the name of each animal and person(s) in the photo. If the photo is copyrighted or requires that credit be given, please indicate so at the time of submission.
Sally Spencer, BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Marketing Director
Janet Neal, BLM Editor, Designer, and Graphic Artist
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Equine Program
**Note from the Editor - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) entered into a Equine Studies Partnership Agreement 3 years ago. The College keeps any adoption fee over $25 and the "Save the Mustangs Fund" provides the College with $200 per horse to assist in the care of the Mustangs. The students of the College train the Mustangs and find adopters who can provide good homes.
If you are familiar with a College that has an Equine Studies course or program, a 4-H group, or an organization with similar capabilities and skills that would be interested in entering into an agreement such as this with the BLM, please call Janet Neal (Editor) at 775 861-6614 or e-mail Janet_Neal@blm.gov .
Below are 2 progress reports written by the students of the College as well as a picture of their new equine students. "Leroy." He is so beautiful!.
"Leroy." He is so beautiful!.
My name is Beth. My partner, Valorie, and I have been working with one of the mustangs you sent to Saint Mary-of-the Woods College. We named ours "Leroy Brown" after the Jim Croce song. We both love him so much and he is coming along so quickly. He really likes getting brushed and getting scratched under his chin. We have taught him how to lead and to back and trot in hand. We are working on picking up his feet.
He is so beautiful! We are having such a good time with him and I think he is loving all this attention. We both play with him and visit
"Code Red" a new student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Lauren says, "He is a very intelligent and very curious horse."
My name is Lauren and I have had the great opportunity to train one of the Mustangs that were provided to our school, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in cooperation from the BLM.
I wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity of be involved in such a wonderful program and course. I have learned so much through our agreement with the BLM and continue to learn every day that I spend with my Mustang. The other students I work with named our mustang "Code Red" for a variety of reasons. I have included a picture of him when he first got here.
Since I have been working with him he can now tie, lead from both sides, and he allows us to brush him and pick up three of his four feet. Today we introduced him to wash stalls and the hose.
I am very pleased with how much he has progressed. He is a very intelligent horse and very curious, as well. Thank you so much for letting us, the equine students here at Saint-Mary-of-the Woods, continue to have the opportunity to work with these amazing wild horses. I will continue to send you updates and pictures as he progresses throughout the remainder of the year.
Note from Editor: While other requirements must be met, below is a copy of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Equine Studies Partnership Agreement. If you are a school, a 4-H group, or a non-profit organization and are interested in learning more about the program, please call Janet Neal at (775) 861-6614 or e-mail Janet_Neal@blm.gov .
BLM Official’s Signature Date
Ladybug and I first attended the Color Country Endurance Ride 6 years ago. It was our very first endurance ride.
"Ladybug", with her adopter and owner, Janet Tipton.
Mustangs have incredible hoof walls, typically about an inch and a half thicker than domestics. Ladybug does wear "Renegade" boots when the trail is rocky.
The start of this year's endurance ride season, American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), was April 10-12. Ladybug and I placed in the top 10 during the event and also received Best Condition 2 days and a row.
Here are pictures of some of the other mustangs involved in the Color Country Endurance Ride. All photos were donated by Steve Bradley, photographer, to Intermountain Mustangs and Burros Advisors (IMMBA) for use to help promote the beauty and versatility of Mustangs. Thank you Ladybug for giving me so much of yourself and showing the world what a "little" Mustang can do!
Color Country Endurance Rider, Vicky Green, and her Mustang "Shiloh".
Dineen Wold, adopter and owner of "Owyhee Hawkeye". Dineen plans on competing in the Tevis Cup with
Mark Wood with Mustang, "Muddy Creek Moose".
Torgils Wold on Mustang, "Napoleon".
By Judy Ballenger, Mustang Adopter, Owner, Trainer, Founder of the Missouri American Mustang and Burro Association (AMBA)
HowDoYouLikeMeNow aka "Bob" is my 2008 Extreme Mustang Makeover horse. The early days of his gentling and training were reported on the BLM website.
Bob and I met on Friday, June
Judy and "Bob" tackling the embankment leading down to the river. This was the third time Bob had been ridden.
Judy and "Bob" made it to the river.
"Bob" and Judy warming up in English tack for their show.