Our goal with our Training and Adoption Program is to provide people and mustangs the knowledge and skill set to successfully handle the transition from wild to trained. The key to successful adoptions is training...for both human and animal.
1. Increase adoption rates and overall adoption program success through a planned training program utilizing natural horsemanship techniques
2. Offer horses and burros at various stages of training for adoption to suit the needs of interested adopters (from halter to saddle)
3. Continue training of the GEMS ranch horses to be partners in educational outreach and examples for visitors to the ranch- traveling to schools, being available for programs and workshops at the ranch to promote mustangs and burros
4. Provide continued support and education for adopters, even after the adoption, to further knowledge on training and handling in the form of clinics and workshops at the ranch
Program success for us is being able to train and find homes for as many wild horses and burros as possible.
SWAT is an 'on the range' program of the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary. It is an organized alliance of individuals and groups working together with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to support the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area, located in Northwestern Colorado. We provide assistance to the BLM with herd documentation, herd population management, range support and education/marketing/promotion for the range.
Since the start of the Sand Wash Advocate Team Program, we have gained momentum and support of the public in assisting us with our objective areas each year. We are growing and by becoming a larger group, we can be a larger voice advocating for the wild horses of Sand Wash.
The Great Escape Veterans Program is a program of The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary & Training Center (GEMS) and is produced in partnership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation Veterans & Mustangs program. This week long, residential style, training program is aimed at pairing Military Veterans with Mustangs they will choose themselves. There will be a Showcase/Adoption Event at the conclusion of the program, where the participants will be able to share what they have learned with friends and family, as well as being an instrumental part of the adoption process. Equine Assisted Therapy will also be a part of this program, offering Veterans extra support in areas of need.
The evidence of success for this program will be in the way we can assist Veterans through the world of the Mustang.
With our new retreat facilities built, we are now able to offer day and overnight programs at GEMS. Our program offerings accommodate a wide range of interests, from yoga to horsemanship, photography, women's specific and new this year our first Veterans Program. We have something for everyone and will be able to bring the animals into every aspect of the experience.
Our successes will be measured in the public response and interest in the program offerings.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Whether leading school field trips at the ranch or bringing our Ambassador Mustangs and Burros to schools, our goal with our Outreach Program is to provide children of all ages a learning experience that is unique and not one they will forget. We present an age appropriate slideshow and discuss topics that are relevant, while bringing education and awareness to the issues that Mustangs and Burros face both on and off the range. Then, we meet our live animals for hands-on interactions.
The program success will be measured in the evidence of education in the school groups that we can reach.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
What began as a Boulder County 4-H Program, has now become a program of GEMS itself. The purpose of this club is to teach useful Natural Horsemanship training techniques and methods to children and increase adoptions of Mustangs to good homes through training. We promote adoptions through showcasing Mustangs and as a tool to build life training skills for youth. Participants work with weanling mustangs to gentle and halter train them, while practicing learned training techniques, presented to them each week by our GEMS Junior Mustang Trainer and once a month via mini-clinics with our Professional Mustang Training Mentor.
Our success will be measured in the lives we can change, both in the wild and the child.