Untamed Legacy: America's Wild Mustang
WTCI’s LOCALLY PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY—UNTAMED LEGACY: AMERICA’S WILD MUSTANG
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The wild mustang: a living, breathing symbol of America's spirit...uninhibited, undaunted, free. The mustang is a true survivor, having outlasted most of its predators. As the range and resources shrink, the mustang's success could also be its demise. As the government searches for a solution, passionate people reach out to save these great animals...to save the wild mustangs...to save our untamed legacy.
The documentary focuses on the wild mustang’s survival and struggles as resources diminish. It is shot in parts of Tennessee, Alabama, Nevada and New Mexico. Untamed Legacy: America’s Wild Mustang chronicles a mustang named Charlie on his journey from the wild to his new home in Alabama, and all the people whose lives he touches along the way.
Peter G. DeLynn
Producer and Writer
Director of Photography
Graphic Designer and Editor
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The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public, charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating successful adoptions for America’s excess mustangs and burros. Founded in 2001, its mission is to help promote the Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Program and increase the number of successful adoptions.
With more than 30,000 American Mustangs waiting to be adopted in BLM facilities, the Mustang Heritage Foundation is stepping up its efforts to help these American legends find adoptive homes. In 2011, the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Extreme Mustang Makeover events will continue to showcase the talents of the American Mustang and will up the ante by offering the largest purse ever in Mustang competition.
The Bureau of Land Management’s top priority is to ensure the health of the public lands so that the species depending on them – including the nation’s wild horses and burros – can thrive. To achieve that end, the BLM’s wild horse and burro program must be put on a sustainable course that benefits the animals, the land, and the American taxpayer.
Paula and Randall Carr have been in the business of helping wild horses and burros find good homes in the East since 1979. Paula is president of the Board of Trustees for the National Mustang Heritage Foundation, and both Carrs are very active in their Farm Bureau. In December of 2006, The Carr's were awarded a 3 -Year renewable contract with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to do "satellite" weekend adoption work throughout the Eastern States. They take a crew of 5 wranglers and set up panels, chutes, water buckets, etc., for the horses. They sort, halter, handle and place newly adopted animals in the adopter's trailer. The Carrs say with pride that they feed and water the animals with only the best quality hay and continuous clean water while at the site.
The Wild Horse Mentors project is a concept that was first conceived by the LIFE Foundation, the "Wildhorses" Internet Group and the Kickin' Back Ranch (KBR). The idea was to develop a corps of wild horse enthusiasts who could help new wild horse and burro adopters by sharing their skills and knowledge, or who could assess situations and make referrals so that adopters can find the help that they need.
Therapy on horseback, or hippotherapy, has been widely applauded as a great means for teaching kids coping skills and helping them overcome trauma. Assurance Home’s 16-acre facility includes horse stables, riding area and pasture, where horse expert Lee Kyser helps kids ride their way to improved confidence in themselves and others.
Photos by Anne Hall Photography.