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An Act Of Congress
"Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; (and) that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people ..."
(Public Law 92-195, December 15, 1971)
At Legacy Riding Stables, we have found mustangs to be intelligent and dependable equine partners. Their quiet empathy coupled with their superior athleticism creates a horse who has the mind and body to conquer any task put before them. Legacy Riding Stables is proud to have hosted 5 mustangs for the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Extreme Mustang Makeover competition since 2017. We have also adopted and trained many mustangs. We have helped several horses through the Trainer Incentive Program and rescued mustangs from auction.
There are currently too many horses in holding. It is estimated that there are 67,000 wild horses living on managed rangeland. In Burro of Land Management holding facilities there are approximately 46,000 horses in long term holding or in short term holding still awaiting adoption. Legacy Riding Stables aims to assist several mustangs a year. We help them by getting them out of the holding pens and training them so they can lead productive lives alongside people who will care for and love them.
Learning about the reality of mustangs on the plains and in holding pens with the BLM is the first step. The more you know, the more you can educate your friends and family. These horses count on the voting public to ensure that laws remain in place to protect them. We are happy to have gentled mustangs available for you meet, ride and learn with.. If you are interested in learning gentling techniques we can teach you. If you are interested in purchasing or adopting a gentled or wild mustang we can help you.
All black Charlie is a 2015 mare from Salt Wells Creek in WY. She has a permanent home at Legacy. Charlie works as a wrangler horse and teaches lessons to a few luck students. Since she has demonstrated the enthusiasm and aptitude, she is beginning cross country training in 2019.
Gwen is a sorrel mare from Oregon who was born in a holding facility. She has been adopted by her trainer James.
Sky is a 2018 grey filly born in holding out of a mare from the Salt Wells Creek HMA. Legacy is sponsoring her and her trainer Jamie for the 2019 Massachusetts Youth Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Bird and James are being sponsored by Legacy for the 2019 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover. She is a buckskin mare from the Triple B HMA. She will be available for sale at the competition.
Raven is an all black mare from the Triple B HMA. SHe is currently at Legacy for the TIP program and will be available for sale or adoption.
Legacy hosted Fiona for the 2018 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Pickles is a grey gelding born wild in 2017. He is at Legacy for training and is for sale.
Cambria is a wild born bay mare from Wyoming. She works at Legacy as a wrangler horse and a summer camp horse.
Gwen is a sorrel mare from Oregon who was born in a holding facility in 2016. She was Jame's draw for the 2017 Youth Extreme Mustang Makeover. This is her on pick up day at the start of the competition. Gwen towered above the other yearlings and stood out from the very beginning.
James and Gwen were the first pair Legacy hosted for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. During her training Gwen proved herself to be a patient and willing competitor.
At the end of the Makeover youth trainers have the option of reassigning, or adopting out thier horse, or keeping the horse for themself. James could not imagine Gwen anywhere but by his side, so the two came back to Legacy together. Gwen has a life-long home with her first and only trainer James. She is beginning her under saddle training this year. Since the competition Gwen has been enjoying being a young horse and James gifted her the time to grow and mature at her own rate. We are excited to see where these two will go in the future.
Legacy hosted James again in 2018 for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Dune and James made an amazing pair and progressed steadily through training. First Touch is a leap of faith for the mustang and a sigh of relief for the human. It is that moment where both souls ackowlege each other and say "this is something new... but it will be ok".
Dune's first trip off property was picture perfect. The red roan gelding who grew up in the harshness of the high desert made it to the Atlantic Ocean at Island Beach State Park. From salt flats to salt water mustang's can conquer any terrain.
In just 100 days Dune went from wild to mild. He rode in a parade, clocked many miles on trails, went into Tractor Supply and swam in the ocean. At the competition he represented himself and his breed well. The crowd loved him and in the end he found a wonderful adopter in Kentucky.
Raven is a all black mare from the Triple B herd management area. She is currently at Legacy for the TIP Program and will be available for adoption or purchase soon.
You can see Raven to the right at the BLM pick up location. She has shed out her winter scruff and is sleek as polished coal now. We will have updates soon.
In 2018 we hosted Paulina and Fiona for the Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover. Fiona was a unique combination of refined sensibility and sassy marish antics that made her a memorable horse to have at Legacy.
Here, through the ears of Dune, you can see Paulina and Fiona riding bareback and bitless while training for the competition. I often wonder if one mustang didn't look at the other and whisper "hey, you know there is a human on your back?".
Fiona and Paulina completed the Makeover and competed in at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2018. At the end of the competition Fiona found a new home as a children's' lesson horse.
Pickles is currently at Legacy Riding Stables participating in the TIP Program. He is the KINDEST young man who would rather enjoys neck scratches and adores people. At only two years old he is still growing but will most likely stay a large pony. He will be available for sale or for adoption after meeting his TIP requirements.
He is getting lighter by the week and will be a striking grey when he matures. He has a floaty trot and willing personality. He will be suitable for an amature or youth working with a trainer.