Why Mission Mustang?
Veterans in our country are facing an epidemic, one that is leading to 20 veterans committing suicide each day. There are approximately 540,000 veterans in the United States that have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and countless more who have yet to be diagnosed with this invisible wound of war. The toll of war leaves our soldiers with physical and emotional scars deeper than most can imagine, and it is an ongoing fight to help these men and women find ways to heal.
How its works and successes?
Six mustangs arrived at EquiCenter in 2018 to launch Mission Mustang. Fifteen veterans have been working with these wild horses as they gain their trust to be handled and ridden. Soon, these horses will move on to new homes with their new skills and other mustangs will join the program. Our veterans have realized profound changes from working with the mustangs, including feeling less hyper-vigilance and stress, while gaining trust and new skills. Veterans form a community of understanding and camaraderie, giving them an opportunity to reconnect.
What is Mission Mustang?
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and EquiCenter, partnered to develop a national model called Mission Mustang™. This program’s purpose is to document the process of gentling and training wild horses and burros for eventual placement into loving homes, including integration into other therapeutic equestrian programs designed to improve the health and wellbeing of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other physical and mental wounds.
Give the gift of hope. The chance to heal.
Please join us in supporting programs like Mission Mustang, so that we are able to offer men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms the opportunity to heal and restore a sense of balance to their lives.
“ Inside the ring, I gained confidence, trust, purpose, and focus. Outside the ring . . . I really think I have developed greater hope and healing in the process.”
- Teegan Manning