Mustang Journey is a 501(3)(c) incorporated in 2018 by people who have seen for themselves the life-changing difference pairing Mustangs and veterans can make.
Our Trainer Team has proven experience of working with over 700 veterans.
They are accomplished horse trainers with over 120 years of combined experience and have been trained by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Parelli Foundation and/or PATH International.
Mustang Journey is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. It was created by a group of horse lovers and supporters of veterans who decided to form a nonprofit with two outcomes:
America’s wild mustangs receive the gentling and training they need to be adopted into a loving home.
To understand the plight facing America’s wild mustangs, we have to go out west to places like Arizona, Utah and Oregon where the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has deemed that there are too many wild horses for the land to sustain.
As a result, there are now 50,000 once-wild mustangs being held in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding pens at a cost to taxpayers of $80 million per year. In September 2016, a volunteer citizen advisory board voted 7-to-1 that the horses be sold or euthanized. The BLM rejected the recommendation, but the public was put on notice. The future of 50,000 horses is in question unless a solution is found.
At capacity, Mustang Journey will adopt, train, and find loving homes for 100 mustangs per year. Imagine if 99 other organizations adopt our model, in five years, all 50,000 mustangs in BLM care can be re-homed.
Veterans living with the challenges of PTSD receive the mental health benefits they need and deserve.
At Mustang Journey, military veterans work under the supervision of Mustang Journey’s trainers, veterans with PTSD work with the mustangs, and the process is proven to decrease the symptoms of PTSD.
In 2018, two studies validated the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship for veterans and quantified the role it plays. The studies were run by Baylor University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, respectively, and each revealed a “clinically significant decrease in PTSD symptoms, improved social functioning, vitality, less interference of emotions on daily activities, and increased participation.”