About Mustang Camp
Mustang Camp is a New Mexico Non-Profit organization training wild horses for adoption. We are also one of 10 licensed horses rescues in New Mexico. Patricia and John Irick established Mustang Camp in 2009 as a place to compassionately gentle and train wild horses being held in captivity. Mustang Camp is located in the old Largo Canyon School facility on 14 acres within remote wilderness land (read more below) in northern New Mexico. Our mission is to reduce the suffering of captive horses through humane training practices, train people to train horses, and to get horses adopted to suitable homes. We are the only organization in the world that is using the science of learning to address the mustang crisis - and we want to help other people learn to use these well-tested methods.
Our program consists of taking wild horses from U.S. government holding facilities and bringing them to Mustang Camp to be trained and socialized using our 26 step criteria program. It's quite simple, the animal is trained in the 26 steps and when they can be caught, haltered, led, loaded into a horse-trailer, stand tied, and have their feet trimmed, they are ready for us to adopt out to a suitable homes on behalf of the government - and a trained and approachable animal is 1000 times more likely to be adopted. These animals are still owned by the US government so they are adopted at the governmental rate - usually $125. Mustang Camp doesn't receive any funds from the adoption of the Government animals. We receive our funding to conduct the training through organizations such as Mustang Heritage Foundation Trainer Incentive Program (TIP), through government grants, or through the donations of our supporters. It takes us roughly 45 days to bring an average wild horse through our system to adoption.
We also provide a positive rescue environment for starving or abused horses and horses needing emotional rehabilitation. We partner with the local northern New Mexico humane societies, animal control offices, and horse rescues to provide loving care and training to get these animals emotionally and physically well for adoption to better homes. There is no shortage of horses in northern New Mexico and especially on the reservations that are in need of help.
We are the proud Recipients of support from the ASPCA, the Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, HP Inc. and the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
Introduction to some of the Mustangs we used for a training workshop in 2016
Short video of us bringing in mustangs for a training class
Our Training Program
We use a science based approach. Many people imagine mustang training with rearing, running, snorting horses, but we do everything we can to avoid that scenario. How it works might surprise you. We're taking horse taming out of the realm of a dying cowboy art and putting it squarely into 21st century training technology.
This training technology works on all species of animals. It is what they use to train sea mammals, free flight bird shows, agility dogs, zoo animals. Our program will not only qualify you to train mustangs, it will boost your abilities as a trainer of any kind of critter.
If this is something you would be proud to support and you want to work with animals, please consider our month long summer program. Or you can take our week long workshop to get your feet wet. It will be an unforgettable experience.