Wild Horse Sanctuary

kiss.jpgOnce considered an icon of the American West,
wild horses are rapidly disappearing from existence, thanks to
encroaching industries and urbanization. (Currently, more wild
horses live in captivity than in the wild.) However, nestled in the
Jalama Valley near Lompoc is Return to Freedom, 300 acres of land
where wild horse herds are allowed to roam free, safe from danger.
Neda DeMayo founded the sanctuary and educational retreat nearly 10
years ago with the goal of preserving the animals’ genetic
diversity and ensuring the survival of America’s free-ranging wild
horses. Return to Freedom is open to the public and offers clinics
from May to October. Next up is “Understanding the Horse,” a
two-day workshop for new horse owners, or anyone who wants to learn
more about these noble steeds. On the first day, a panel of equine
experts will give presentations on the physiological aspects of the
horse, including health care (both traditional and alternative),
basic nutrition, natural hoof care, and equine dentistry. On the
second day, participants will explore the social structure and
relationships within a horse herd, and how our body language and
energy affect our communication with horses. DeMayo will also
demonstrate how to develop a bond with your horse based on trust
and mutual respect. Attendees will watch wild horse herds and take
part in hands-on exercises. — Michelle Drown


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