SPECIAL: Mustang Month
From cars to culture to cocktails, there is no animal that better captures the spirit of the USA than the Mustang! In honor of our 245th year of independence as the United States of America, Horse & Rider Living has prepared special content to celebrate these magnificent creatures – as well as spotlight the danger wild horses are facing with the BLM’s roundups, recognize those working toward changing the situation, and encourage you to join the mission.
We need to find a way for people to fall in love with America again and to invoke the imagination of the recurring image of a multitude of wild horses racing in a line over mountains and prairies and through water, to understand why the protection of our wild horses and OUR public land along with all wildlife that calls it home are worth fighting for.
The Northern Nevada Correctional Center is a medium-security prison that also houses minimum-security inmates. A small group of those inmates, with approval for good behavior, are allowed to join the prison’s wild horse training program. There, the inmates are paired with wild horses and will spend several months transforming them from untouchable to rideable. The trained horses are offered to the public through a competitive-bid auction several times a year.
With America’s wild mustangs in peril, HRL is reaching out to the CEO of Ford Motor Company, hoping to secure his support in saving these iconic, beloved animals.
We believe the Mustang horse deserves as much recognition as the Ford Mustang and should remain as free as the symbol it represents. With this in mind, July’s content represents those who have dedicated their lives to preserving what nature intended for America’s wild horses: freedom.
It was the 1920s and a new product called Ken-L-Ration dog food was an instant hit. The only problem was that the plant’s owner needed hundreds of thousands of horses to fill the cans of dog food he was selling. The result was horse slaughter on an unimaginable scale, with the Ken-L-Ration company bleeding the country dry of horses in its quest for even greater profits. That’s when one man single handedly attempted to stop the equinocide.
Ocala, Florida is a haven for competitive and casual riders alike, with beautiful trailheads and state-of-the-art professional facilities catering to many equine disciplines. It regularly features highly recognized events and exhibitions, such as the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion earlier this year.
Horse & Rider Living is honored to introduce Craig C. Downer – an ecologist, environmentalist, activist, author, musician…and genuinely impressive human being.
Nevada features a wealth of opportunities for travel and adventure. Breathtaking scenery, history, and cultural settings where one can create memories while reveling in the past, and enjoying a true Nevada experience.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to think of another vehicle that’s had a bigger impact on American culture than the Ford Mustang. As we celebrate the magnificent horses that inspired the vehicles (and remind people of their very real danger at the hands of BLM), Horse & Rider Living is exploring the unexpected and fascinating history of the Ford Mustang.
HRL‘s Mustang Month celebrates the influence of horses in every capacity, including music! Whether referring to horses literally or symbolically, here are a few musical classics to enjoy.
In April 2022, Publisher Barb Godwin and Creative Director Cristina Moore were invited to attend the Florida premiere of Filipe Leite’s The Long Rider at the SunScreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg. Our first collaborative article digs into our heartfelt reactions to this powerful, touching documentary.
The horses I stood with in the Utah sun and wind who once had shining coats, full bellies and bright eyes are wasting away physically and spiritually in filthy over-crowded holding pens…And this is a Federally protected animal. Our government has failed them, and our country is poorer for it.
The extent to which the mustang has influenced American culture seems endless – we were surprised to find not one, but two cocktails and a grape varietal bearing their name! Enjoy these refreshing drinks responsibly…yes, you can get a DUI riding while intoxicated.
Holidays are times for celebration and we all have different ways of making them memorable. However, if you are a dedicated horse or dog owner, you already know the apprehension that builds with certain holiday traditions…if those traditions involve fireworks. With the pandemic setting the stage for even more people celebrating at home this year, the universal fear is that there will be increasingly widespread trauma amongst our four-legged friends.