For a journey across the wild like this, Trent found himself first looking at his own horses and mules and began to think about how he can get them prepared to complete a trip of this size. Not only does this journey's distance require heart and physical stamina, it requires the ability to live off the limited food and water found along the trail. He would be preparing them to basically journey back in time when life wasn’t as plush and so domesticated; when life didn’t exist in the borders of a fence line but ran wild across the harsh, unforgiving West from one watering hole to the next - a life they have never known. He was worried how his animals would handle a journey of this magnitude. Then, on a trip to California to see a friend, he found their answer.

On his trip, to kill time, he went to see the local mustang holding facility in Susanville, Ca. As he watched these animals move, play, and curiously approach him, commenting on their beauty and discussing which one he would adopt if he needed another horse, Trent began to think that maybe adopting a mustang was the natural choice for the journey. Running wild on our public lands there are over 58,150 wild Mustangs. In the blood of these mustangs, there’s the inherited ability to journey 20-30 miles a day to find grazing and water. Their natural wilderness skills make them the perfect animal to help them on their journey; a journey of this magnitude is in their blood. And they need our help. Mankind has encroached on their lands and effectively put these wild animals into too small of a pasture with our roads, highways, railways, and towns- eliminating the grazing and water they need to survive which has been all compounded by global warming and droughts that we have not seen in the past but are quickly becoming the new norm. Even if they home just one, that will be one less horse that will spend the rest of its life in a BLM holding facility. And we can all have a part of the conservation of our American history so that it does not die away.

 

 

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