With lots of love and care, horses make for incredible companions, whether it’s for work or pleasure. But some people may not realize that wild horses can also be excellent equine partners.
65-year-old Alicia Windsong Diamond knows firsthand just how incredible adopted mustangs can be.
“I was fifty-eight when I adopted three mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Adoption Program. It was a time when the government was considering slaughtering tens of thousands of wild horses. I remember that one of my trail riding friends told me I was crazy to adopt mustangs!” said Alicia to The Epoch Times.
Alicia already had four domestic horses at home, but the wild horses had aroused her compassion, and she wanted to save them from a lifetime or captivity or possible death.
One year later, one of the mustangs named Calypso repaid Alicia for her kindness.
Although Alicia had no experience with wild horses, she was patient in gaining the their trust. She provided safety and good care while the wild horses learned about the everyday workings of the human world, and her domestic horses helped show the mustangs how to behave. She began to see results.
“I was discovering how to be with these new wild horses and the new horses mastered the basics of being handled, groomed, and saddled.” she said.
One day, Alicia placed Calypso in a large riding arena and began riding one of her domestic horses around the outside so Calypso could watch and learn about the concept of riding.
Suddenly, her normally reliable horse stopped refused to go forward—he then became frantic.
“He’s big and strong and suddenly became uncontrollable. He reared high into the air as he’d never done before and spun around while I did my best to stay in the saddle,” she said.
Alicia tried to stay calm, but she knew she was in big trouble. Then Calypso began charging furiously towards their side of the arena.
The mustang screeched to a halt just before crashing into the wooden fence and leaned his head and neck menacingly over the fence towards a group of tall bushes.
“Then I saw the two pairs of glimmering, glowing, orange eyes flashing at me from the sagebrush—and out ran two huge red wolves!” she said.
A horse’s instinct is to run from predators; outrunning a predator is how horses survive in the wild. Her riding horse had spun and tried to warn her about the wolves, while Calypso had run towards the danger to protect his friends.
“Calypso’s bravery saved me and my beloved riding horse from a great danger and a terrible outcome!” said Alicia.
The black mustang has deepened Alicia’s appreciation and perspective about wild horses.
“I have come to see wild horses as kind, loyal, generous partners,” she said. “Calypso will always have a special place in my heart and a home with me for life.”
Alicia is continuing her advocacy for horses and wild horses through the Center for Inter Species Peace and Justice (CISPJ).