On Tuesday, Jan. 17 part of the H.O.O.V.E.S. Mustang Task Force will set out on a cross-country adventure to bring home five wild horses for a new veteran program.
Due to herd management challenges, more than 50,000 wild horses currently reside in holding facilities across the country and another 50,000 are scheduled for round-up. More than 1.7 million veterans are receiving VA treatment for mental health challenges. These are both staggering numbers, and H.O.O.V.E.S. is doing its part to help on all fronts.
While attending the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest in Sacramento, California, H.O.O.V.E.S. was presented with an opportunity to adopt five ungentled mustangs and place them in a pilot program, where veterans and their family members will find healing as they learn how to gentle the wild horses. The mustangs will be available for public adoption at the end of the training period to approved adopters.
On the journey to California, the Mustang Task Force will be making stops in Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, and on the journey home Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Indiana to give public talks and raise awareness for veterans’ mental health and mustang adoption. The cross-country journey, talks, and gentling process will all be available for viewing on the HOOVES YouTube channel.
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H.O.O.V.E.S. is a private, donor-supported charity based in Swanton that provides fully funded, 4-day non-clinical retreats for veterans, first responders, and their family members nationwide, who are seeking recovery from service connected stress.