One of my best memories from childhood is riding horses. It was a passion of mine and something that I truly loved. And every summer I would go to camp and get to go on trail rides around Lake Waccamaw. I had the most amazing horse named Little Red that would wait for me year after year and even as he got older, I knew his love was always the same. He would greet me with a nuzzle and then plod along with me feeling like the I was the queen of the world. And I have never forgotten that feeling. Because there was just something so special about my bond with that horse. Something that no other animal could make me feel. Something amazing.
And when I would hop into my saddle and start to ride, I would feel pure joy. I would feel delight. I would feel freedom. And I would feel love. Because that little horse knew me; knew that I loved him. And he returned my love completely. And as he would let me stroke his mane or brush his coat, he would completely give himself over to me in trust.
And then J-Man got old enough to go to camp. And his camp offered horseback riding. And it was amazing to me to watch the love and commitment to horses grow in him. Each week that he attended camp, the first thing he asked was if he was going to get to ride the horses. Because, just like me many years before him, he had a connection with these beautiful animals that bonded him to them and made his heart beat as one with the horses. And watching him fall in love with them made me rediscover my love for these beautiful animals all over again.
And over the years, my memories nor my love for horses have faded. Because once you bond with that powerful of an animal, you never forget the heady feeling of being on their back. You will do anything you can to help them. To keep them safe. To protect them. Because one thing I learned from my time spent with horses is that even though they are hugely powerful animals, they are often helpless when it comes to being at the mercy of human beings.
And because of human beings, something heartbreaking is happening. American Mustangs are being senselessly sold and slaughtered, endangering the ability of people like you and me to discover their power and fall in love with their beauty. They are being sold for slaughter and financial gain in other parts of the world. They are being rounded up and held for up to three years if they are not adopted and sold. Their freedom is being taken away. And these beautiful wild horses are disappearing.
And if you love horses the way I do, that is a heartbreaking thought! But thankfully there are ways to help! There is the Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation!
Wild horses are a living symbol of our American heritage and freedom. These Mustangs must be protected. Businesswoman and philanthropist, Madeleine Pickens, is committed to this promise. Through her Foundation, citizens from all walks of life are uniting to create a permanent home, a Sanctuary, to save these magnificent national treasures.
Through creating a living monument to help preserve the American Mustang, The Saving Americas Mustangs Foundation is working toward preserving the Mustangs and their way of life. Founder Madeleine Pickens is currently developing the Mustang Monument: Wild Horse Eco-Preserve in Nevada as a permanent home to protect and care for horses currently in captivity. This monument will be open to the public; to learn about, visit and fall in love with these majestic creatures!
So why do I champion this cause? Because it breaks my heart to know that so many children, including my own MillerBug, may not know the beauty of the American Mustang if something is not done. These beautiful creatures and the ability to create memories with them may disappear if we do not help. And that is a gut-wrenching thought to me! Because as I think back on my memories that were created with horses as a child, I know that children everywhere can benefit from that same experience. Because there is nothing like the feeling of riding a horse!
But this living monument is about more than just keeping a way to create memories. It is also about a way to preserve our American history. In 1971, the United States Congress recognized American Mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people. ” This is not just about us or our children! This is about preserving a piece of our history. And as I look around us at society today, I see so much of our history disappearing. I don’t want to see that happen to the American Mustangs as well!
I encourage you to join me in this noble cause! I implore you to help me do something about this senseless tragedy! I beg you to help me in my plight to save horses. And I’ll be back later in the month to tell you how YOU can make the difference in theses amazing creatures lives!
But until then, you can join in this cause by joining the upcoming Saving America’s Mustangs Pinterest Party! Between August 10th and 24th you can pin for a cause! I’ll be back with more details so stay tuned for more information on the #SaveAmericasMustangs Party on Pinterest, where you’ll have a chance to make a difference and win one of two $200 prizes!
So get ready to learn how you can make an impact of the lives of these horses and help preserve them for generations to come! Follow Saving America’s Mustangs now on Twitter and Facebook to find out more!
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