Wild Horse Mentors is a concept developed by the LIFE Foundation, the "Wildhorses" Internet Group and the Kickin' Back Ranch. The idea was to develop a corps of wild horse enthusiasts who could help new wild horse and burro adopters by sharing their skills and knowledge, or who could assess situations and make referrals so that adopters can find the help that they need.
This project was formalized with the incorporation of Least Resistance Training Concepts, a non-profit umbrella organization which can engage in group volunteer service agreements with BLM.
The purpose of Wild Horse Mentors is to ensure appropriate and safe homes for adopted BLM animals and help adopters create an environment where they can enjoy the animals which they adopt.
- Mentors will assist new adopters and share skills and knowledge in
areas in which they are competent.
- Mentors will refer new adopters to specialized help when needed and
when the issues are beyond the mentor's span of expertise.
- Mentors will develop programs to educate adopters and would-be adopters
in proper care, handling and training of BLM animals.
- Mentors will assist in publicizing wild horse and burro adoptions with
an emphasis on targeting horsepeople who would make the most appropriate
- Mentors will assist in relocating adopted horses and burros which wind
up in situations where the adopters are unable to cope.
What a Mentor Is
- A mentor is someone with basic knowledge about horses and/or burros.
- A mentor doesn't have to be a professional trainer or gentler.
- A mentor needs to be able to assess a situation and through accessing
available resources (such as the Wildhorses List), find solutions which aid
- A mentor is someone with whom an adopter can share frustrations and
from whom the adopter can learn that there are answers to the various and
perplexing difficulties that the adopter may encounter.
- A mentor is someone who is always wanting to learn more about horses
or burros and sees mentoring as a way to learn and personally grow.
- A mentor is someone who has a positive attitude, who is supportive and
who helps guide the adopter toward solutions.
- A mentor is a person who vicariously enjoys the successes of those whom
- A mentor is someone who knows that he/she has made a difference.
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