Save a horse, ride a mustang

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

Micah Wills made fast friends with Jazz, a 17-year-old mustang, when she was brought to Anna Valley Farm in Louisa.

As a means of preserving a part of America’s heritage, the United States Government passed the “Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.”

Patrick “Pat” and Amanda Brunson, along with farm owner Paul Vesely of Anna Valley Farm in Louisa, is helping with that preservation.

The Brunsons began five years ago gentling mustangs for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has also turned into rescuing a few along the way.

“We are not a rescue place though. We are simply trainers,” Pat said.

Most recently, they were called upon to save a 17-year-old mustang mare located in Mathews, VA.  Jazmine or “Jazz” as she is affectionately called, was demonstrating aggressiveness toward the owner’s children as well as jumping fences.  The owner had decided to have Jazz put down until e-mails, from concerned people who were aware of the situation. They turned to Pat and persuaded him to contact the owner who agreed to allow Pat to take the horse.

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 6 edition of The Central Virginian.

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