Incredible! I just learned about a unique Mustang Gentling program sponsored by Red Horse Nation, a 501(c)(3) horse program of Lifesavers, Inc., a mustang rescue ranch located in Lancaster, California.
Native American youth, many from urban areas, have the opportunity to go to the desert, to a Mustang ranch, and learn how to gentle and interact safely with wild mustangs. Not only do they get in touch with a vital part of their heritage, the horse culture, they learn to take responsibility for and have a relationship with these beautiful wild animals in this 6-week program.
You can read more about this program and the experience of one youth in his own words in an interesting article by Suzi West in the “Spirit of the West” column, here:
Red Horse Nation also posts on their home page the principles it was founded upon. I was delighted to see there a listing of “Native American Principles” – a profound list of precepts to follow, in the Native American way, to live a happier and more fulfilled life of balance between the body, mind and spirit. This list will have the most relevance to Native Americans, but any person can benefit from reading and following these principles, as well as come to better understand the American Indian way. Here is the link to the website of Red Horse Nation: