Cover Story: A Second Chance for Freedom

The Wild Horse Refuge
The Wild Horse Refuge is the largest sanctuary of its kind with over 23,000 acres in Colorado dedicated to preserving the horses’ freedom and wild spirit.

The Wild Horse Refuge Give Mustangs a Home in Colorado by Pat Craig The year is 2020. The Sand Wash Basin near Craig, Colorado, teems with life. Hundreds of wild mustangs roam its vast expanse, their ancestors having called this land home for generations. However, concerns arise about overgrazing. As …

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Tour of Federal Holding Facility Raises Alarm Over Welfare of Captured Wild Horses

Wild Horses
Photo Credit American Wild Horse Conservation

(Warning: Graphic Images) RENO, NEV. (May 20, 2024) – On May 16th, representatives from the leading wild horse protection organization, American Wild Horse Conservation (AWHC), witnessed disturbing conditions for over 3,000 wild horses currently confined at the privately owned Winnemucca Holding Facility. Most alarming was the presence of a severely …

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Leading Wild Horse Organization Applauds Decision to Preserve Historic ND Wild Horses 

Wild Horses

BISMARK, N.D. (April 25, 2024) – Today, American Wild Horse Conservation (AWHC) applauds the National Parks Service (NPS) decision to abandon its plan to eradicate the historic wild horses from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). AWHC is grateful to Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Governor  Doug Burgum, and other North Dakota elected officials for …

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HSUS Cashes In On PZP Sales While Wild Horses, Native Wildlife and Range Health Continue To Suffer

Funding in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget for wild horse roundups has been cut by $5.9 million, as part of the federal spending bill signed into law in early March 2024.  Ironically, this move came directly on the heels of a Nevada Wildlife Commission meeting and endorsement of …

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Trainer’s Corner: My Journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 4

Matt and Journey the Mustang. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Competition Day and Beyond At the end of our last article, I’d been out of town judging shows and wishing I had more time to prepare my mustang, Journey, for the upcoming Mustang Mania Trainers Challenge (see the July/August issue). These mustang competitions demand a solid, trusting relationship between horse …

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Trainer’s Corner: My journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 3

Matt and Journey the Mustang. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle

Competitions and Opportunities Highlight Mustangs’ Qualities At the end of the last article, I’d finally saddled Journey, my formerly wild mustang who I was preparing for a 90-day competition, with a full-sized saddle after starting him with a kid’s saddle. Then life happened, and I had to be gone for …

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Mustang Champions Announces Start Date for the Mustang Classic and Mustang Challenge Events – September 8th, 2023


Mustang Champions, a new partner with the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program, officially introduced two new mustang competitions: Mustang Classic and Mustang Challenge. Wanting to give competitors as much training time to compete Mustang Champions changed the starting adoption or purchase date for their competitions to …

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Trainer’s Corner: My Journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 2

Journey on Arrival. Photo Courtesy Matt Livengood

From BLM Holding to Accepting a Saddle In my first article in this series, I introduced you to Journey, my 4-year-old (formerly) wild mustang. I chose him by looking through photos of available mustangs for a 90-day mustang competition where competitors gentle and then ride wild horses. I brought Journey …

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