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Veterans Experience life-changing encounter with wild mustangs

 | Published on 9/9/2018
2018 Mustang Heritage Foundation Veterans Program to kickoff October 8.
     With the help of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s (MHF) Veterans & Mustangs program, military veterans choose a BLM mustang, untouched by humans, and transform the horse into a gentled, adoptable equine companion. The program is hands-on for the veteran and often challenging.  Working with the mustang is an experience that connects the veterans with an animal need, but has also proven life changing for the veteran.
     The 2018 fall session of the program starts on October 8.  During the 6-week session, veterans will experience the transformation from “wild to mild” by working directly with their chosen wild mustang, in addition to learning marketable equine vocational skills and general equine knowledge.  At the end of the session, the previously wild horses that participate in the program are available for adoption by the veteran participant or placed into private care.
      “You cannot force a mustang to do anything. You have to open yourself up to new ideas and new behaviors that are not comfortable for you,” said Darrell Urey, a Spring 2018 program participant. “I've learned as much working with a mustang as I’ve learned about myself going through every Veterans Affairs anger management, PTSD course over a 10-year period. I learned more in those weeks about myself, my reactions, my reasoning, and it’s all because of the mustang.”
     The Veterans & Mustangs Program is completely reliant on donations. You can be a part of a mustang or veteran’s life and give them the chance for change by donating. Each $1,600 donation will sponsor one veteran and mustang pair through the 6-week program.
To make your gift of any amount, call (512) 869-3225 or visit
 Important dates:
September 1, 2018
Fall 2018 Session Application Deadline:  Applications can be found online at
October 10, 2018
Mustang Pick Up: Pauls Valley Off-Range Corral – Located approximately 45 miles south of Oklahoma City.
Mustang Arrival at Mustang Heritage Foundation – 870 Co Rd 156, Granger, TX 76530, Phone: 512-869-3225
 For more information about the MHF Veterans & Mustangs program please contact:  Gayle Graham, Program Coordinator