In order to adopt a Mustang from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) you must meet certain adoption criteria. After you receive your Mustang you are on probation of a sort for an entire year during which time the BLM will come and check on your Mustang. If all goes well and you get through your first year and manage to be able to halter your Mustang and handle all four feet the BLM will sign off on your Mustang and it will be titled in your name.
But sometimes... sometimes after those Mustangs are titled the horses fall into trouble. The owner falls upon hard times, decide that a Mustang really isn't for them, they realize that training a wild horse is beyond the scope of their abilities and so those Mustangs are sold, abandoned and sometimes simply set free. Such a sad fate for such beautiful, wonderful animals that are a part of the history of this country. And that, if you remember, is how we came to have Little Bear and Lightfoot in our rescue: Sweet Freedom. Once the horse actually becomes titled in an individual's name, the BLM has no authority over the animal and will not take the animal back into their program. The National Wild Horse Association also operates under the same guidelines so these Mustangs fall between the cracks of bureaucracy. How sad. At least these two Mustangs as well as our own Chloe and Karma have become what I now call 'Reclaimed Mustangs'. Mustangs that were adopted, put through the system and then left homeless again. It is a growing problem.
To this end, Smrp and I have decided that if Little Bear and Lightfoot are to have the best chance at a permanent home placement that they need to have training completed on them prior to going to their new home. And so the Huppie Syndicate will be offering both geldings for adoption with 30 days of training by Joe Weitekamp of Diamond W Ranch in Las Vegas. Like one of the boys? Once they are adopted, they will be sent to Joe's ranch for thirty days of training. By the time Joe is finished with them they will have their ground manners, trailer well and be saddle trained. There you go. Smrp and I think it is their best shot. Joe is on board. Now then.... let's get these boys adopted!!!
Handsome Lightfoot - 14.2 hand, 2005 gelding from the Fox Lake Range in Northern Nevada as a yearling. Bright, sweet and very intelligent. His bite is less than perfect but will not affect his health or usability.
Little Bear - Stout 14 hand 2002 gelding captured at Jakes Wash in Northern Nevada as a two year old. Little Bear is a true cuddler and likes nothing better than simply spending time being close. This boy is solid.
I'm anxious to see what Joe can do with them with thirty days of training. I'm looking forward to seeing them simply bloom with him. Aren't you? Well then... what are you waiting for? Start spreading the word!!!