Wild Horses

On Friday. February 26, 7:30 PM at the Town Hall, the Mason Area Neighborhood Equestrians (MANE) and Mason’s Conservation Commission is co-sponsoring a program highlighting the plight and conservation efforts of the American Mustang to be presented by the Kokal family (HorseTenders LLC) of Greenfield, NH.

The wild horse issue in the U.S. is an emotional one. No one doubts the beauty and symbolism of freedom that the wild horse personifies. However, their very success of thriving on the range has become a problem for them and for others who depend upon the range. Today, roundups across the West bring more and more wild horses off the range and into captivity.

Where did these horses come from?  Why do they hold such a special place in our hearts?  Educating the public about mustangs is one of the many responsibilities Horse Tenders genuinely believes will help the mustang’s plight. These horses are survivors and have managed to thrive even as their habitat is significantly being infringed upon by government mandates and lack of knowledge.

HorseTenders LLC is a family owned and operated horse training and trimming business established in 2002. They have developed truly unique and nationally recognized training approaches which believes in “Developing Mettle without Metal™” meaning no bits, no shoes, no spurs.

Trainers Kris, Nik and Jenny Kokal all have extensive experience with starting and successfully competing (on a national level) with wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They have witnessed the holding pens, seen adoptions and see how adaptable and magnificent these horses a re firsthand. They also took third place in the Extreme Mustang Challenge in 2009.

For more information about HorseTenders LLC, visit www.HorseTenders.com.

This program is open to everyone who loves horses or are interested in the preservation of one of America’s most nostalgic and controversial animals.

For more information about this program, please contact Deb Morrison at deb@barn.org or 878-2080.

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