December 29, 2012 by disc4437
Blondie connecting with me. (Photo © Anne Novak, all rights reserved.)
I’m happy that Inez is touching Blondie’s back for the first time. (Photo © Anne Novak, all rights reserved.)
Today was amazing. Blondie seems to know the sound of our car. We pulled up and she looked at us from the other side of the corral to say “Hi.”
Without a round pen the gentling process is unusual but fun. It’s my first time to gentle a wild horse fresh from the holding facility and it’s really cool. I’m working in a team with my mom and Inez.
Before Blondie came up to me, Inez was scratching her face up to her ears and under her chin. Blondie enjoyed it. She understands we all love wild horses. They know who the nice people are.
Later Blondie came up to me. We started connecting nose to nose when Inez reached out and touched her back for the first time.
Inez said, “Look! She doesn’t mind this.”
Later Mom was scratching Blondie’s hindquarters for the first time and Blondie was loving it!
I think things are moving along well with the gentling because we are taking our time. These 4
California native wild horses have lost their families and their freedom. They deserve compassion.
Sadly we can’t give them back their previous lives and I wish we could . . . We can offer them the best lives in captivity–filled with love, respect and partnership.
I dream of a day when we can have a large space for the wild horses we work with so they can run in a herd, work with us, then go back to the herd for sleep time.
~ Irma Novak, Director of
July 26, 2012 by disc4437
Madhuvanti brings her children to visit the adopted mustangs. (Photo © Anne Novak)
Madhuvanti’s son meets Val (Photo © Anne Novak)
Madhuvanti’s children meet Sol (Photo © Anne Novak)
It’s summer vacation and local teacher, Madhuvanti, visits Twin Peaks wild horses, Sol and Val with her children. We all had a lot of fun and they learned a lot about wild horses.
February 17, 2012 by disc4437
We found a lot of water in the high desert near Reno. (Photo © Irma Novak)
January 17, 2012 by disc4437
Little Val will be two years old in March. He has learned how to trust us and get his feet trimmed.
January 7, 2012 by disc4437
Meeting a wild horse in Reno. (Photo © Irma Novak, all rights reserved.)
We went to the Reno/Tahoe area to check out wild horses living on the edge of town–so cool. These mustangs are free roaming wildlife but are very used to people so they are easy to connect with.
January 5, 2012 by disc4437
16.5″ Size 3 fit, 17″ flap and gorgeous.
We’re fundraising. My County Saddle is up for sale for the used truck and trailer fund so we can take the mustangs to visit kids in schools and for other outreach opportunities. It’s fun to introduce people to wild horses.
Gorgeous Black County Continental Dressage Saddle 16 1/2, Number 3 fit with a 17″ flap. Comfortable seat with a spring tree and wool flocking so your saddle fitter can adjust it for a custom fit to your horse. Excellent condition, leather is supple, knee blocks, wood tree, no tears or loose stitching and absolutely no cracking (normal creasing shows on knee roll). Billets are great. Show quality and well cared for. Comes with a green saddle cover. Hand made in England. The requested donation is $900. and shipping in the U.S.A. is included.
County saddles used by champions like Edward Gal.
We will be posting more items soon. Thanks for your interest!
December 23, 2011 by disc4437
Adopt an American wild horse (Photo © Irma Novak, all rights reserved.)
Have a wonderful Holiday season! Thank you so much for your support.