Mass Gentling Facility

National Wild Horse and Burro Mass Gentling and Research Facility (MGRF)

Milan, New Mexico

Opportunity to Help 100,000 Wild Horses

Please watch the video to understand our project better.

There is no limit to the number of positive outcomes for these animals.

Valoroso was a stallion that wandered off the Navajo Nation. After training and gelding, he went to live with a doctor in Albuquerque, NM.

Captain Morgan was gathered in Nevada. After training, he became a trust-worthy family horse in Roswell, NM.

Shanti arrived a very fearful horse. Now she lives in the high mountains near Telluride Colorado with a llama.

Raphael didn't know that humans could be friends when he arrived with us. Now he is a trail horse in Reno, Nevada.

The problem is that the continual generation of wild mustangs and burros leads to overpopulation which is managed by removals and disposal of the excess animals. The humane disposal method sanctioned by law is offering them for adoption, but adoptions have not kept up with the numbers of horses gathered, resulting in a accumulation of animals in government holding.

In the four scientific studies of wild horse adoption rates, halter training was found to significantly impact the adopt-ability of the animal. In these studies every trained horse was adopted! It's the one thing we can do to make an obvious difference in the problem.

Our response is to maximize the number of horses trained and adopted. The plan is to build a facility to train and adopt 200 to 1000 horses per year using science-based training protocols.

Talking Points

Campaign Objective: To inspire people to give money, time, or expertise to help save captive mustangs through our novel but thoroughly tested plan for training and adoption.

I hope readers:

. sense the urgency of implementing a new solution quickly.

. find hope for addressing what seems an intractable problem.

. see our plan as a rational science-based approach.

. sense the boldness and daring of our maverick solution.

What are the benefits?

Benefits to the animals - gets 200 to 1000 per year of these iconic animals out of holding facilities to a more enriched life. Saves them from slaughter. Example: we have placed over 500 animals and most of them become important parts of people's lives where they are loved and cared for.

Benefits to equine science - provides an opportunity to study the taming process. Example: Despite limited time, we have produced innovative research on laterality in wild horses, flight distance as a measure of tameness, comparison of negative and positive reinforcement in reactive animals, and the need for education of trainers in the equine rescue rehabilitation environment. Much more will be possible when the volume of horses is higher and the work of training, management, logistics, adoption and research is better distributed.

Benefits to government - disposes excess horses in a humane way and gives them better options for wild horse management. Example: if the BLM or USFS had a less litigious option, money saved in legal fees fighting the advocates could pay for the solution. Government employees that care about the animals will be very happy to avoid the controversy of bloodshed.

Benefits to us - allows us to continue our mission in an effective way. Example: we have spent 10 years trying to convince the BLM or USFS to try this. We realize the limits of our old location, we had to move or close. We were not ready to give up.

Benefits to the major mustang adoption program, The Mustang Heritage Program - we will be training and adopting horses under them and our success will be recorded as their success.

Benefits to animal welfare organizations (AWO) - helps animals that otherwise have a tragic end that they have not been able to address. Example - other than the development of PZP by HSUS the AWOs have not felt capable of addressing this huge problem and mustang issues have not be defined as "of interest". This project allows them to engage in the solution in a way that is consistent with their core values of preventing animal suffering.

Benefits to animal lovers - provides them with a source of pride for making a difference. Provides them with a positive story about themselves. Example - people love to watch the taming and training of individual animals we tell on social media. It gives them hope and models a compassionate solution to life's problems.

Benefits to adopters - They can adopt a living legend and have a animal they can handle without extensive training. An animal will be trained to a consistent criterion that facilitates later stages of training. It will be much easier to visit MC to shop for mustangs in the current location (near pavement).

Benefits to local economy - heritage tourism, local economic benefit to services and farmers, doesn't take money out of the local economy. Brings in a pro-social academically oriented workforce. Example - Mustang Camp should have daily tours and a gift-shop museum staffed with local community members.

What you can do to support this mission:

  1. Click to give a donation
  2. Volunteer to work on the campaign (contact Patricia). Especially needed are grant writers.


Click for Details of the proposal

Contact Information:

Patricia Barlow-Irick, Executive Director MC

phone: 505-419-2575


La Llorona had several things going against her as a riding animal. After she was trained, she found a home as a companion animal in the prairies of eastern Colorado.

Zula got a little extra training by an enthusiastic class. Zula now lives near Socorro, NM with Speedy, a pinto gelding.

Eevee arrived in a herd of jennies, all of whom sped through the same training plans as the mustangs. Eevee is now pulling a cart in Durango, Colorado.

Fireball was gathered from the Sulfur Range in Utah. Her student trainer fell in love with her and adopted her. She is now a trail horse in Los Alamos, NM.

There is no limit to the number of positive outcomes for these animals.