As is usually the case, someone else’s misfortune has somehow weirdly benefited me – Elisa informed me that he travel companion for her trip to find some really fantastic mustang(s) in the holding pens wasn’t able to make it. So, would I like to go with her? Goodness, would I ever!
Not long after getting firmly sucked into the mustang culture (as it happen to most people who have one, it seems), I began learning about the holding facilities that the BLM uses to keep adoptable horses within arm’s reach for potential adopters.
Right now, there are almost 50,00 horses in holding facilities in mostly the western United States. That’s equal (and by some accounts, higher) to the number of horses that are out roaming the ranges.
That is a lot of horses.
Since I adopted my little Smokerton, I’ve wanted to go see where he was kept for three years and how the BLM deals with this quantity of wild horses. Not to bash them, not to judge them, but just to see it. I’ve also wondered how many of these horses are someone’s future top-level show horse-in-waiting. Well, let me tell you, I’m going to guess that whoever Elisa picks out on this trip is going places.
So what’s the deal? Elisa and I are going to fly to California to visit the Ridgecrest Holding Facility and then promptly fly to Colorado to visit Canon City’s Holding Facility. Between the two, we could see around 3,500 adoptable horses. We can go ahead and put this on my list of things that will be absurdly overwhelming.
Canon City is a prison facility and offers inmate trained animals, as well as ungentled horses.
Basically what is going to happen here is that I’m going to get significant mustang fever and want to bring home a little brother for Smokey. It’ll probably be a burro I fall for, too. I can only imagine the mess that would be.
So, come early October, be ready for some insanity in the form of pictures and incoherent babbling about how adorable all these guys are. Oh, and if you need a mustang, let me know. I’ll pick you out a good one!