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NECK TAG Removal Day STORIES
Read through heartwarming tales from our mustang community about the day they were able to remove their horse or burro’s neck tag. As lovers of these amazing animals, we know how important and historic this day is. It’s often the turning point in the partnership to come and the moment when the possibilities are endless!
Since Alex saw his oldest sister compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover last year, he has thought about training his own mustang one day.
At sixty years old with rheumatoid arthritis, I was talked into doing a mustang TIP Challenge.
I removed Gus’ tag six days after I picked him up.
It had been a dream of mine to gentle a mustang since I saw them at a local adoption event as a little kid, a dream I thought would never come true.
I had dreamed of training a wild mustang for a very long time.
It was on day two, I got up before work and went to work her.
Vasher actually had his neck tag removed when I picked him up as they were taking all the neck tags off at the adoption event.
May is a yearling from the Nevada Wild Horse Range.
Miss Catori came home March of 2021 for the Lexington, KY, Youth Extreme Mustang Makeover.
I got Ducky for the 2020 Sacramento TIP Challenge.
I first learned kids could gentle mustangs when I watched an Extreme Mustang Makeover in Massachusetts when I was 8 years old.
Rebel’s tag was already removed when I got him, but this boy has shown the true meaning of, “there is no trust like a mustang’s trust.”
I was inspired to get a mustang very early into my time with horses by the “Wild Horse, Wild Ride” documentary.
Odel was my first experience with a wild mustang.
Casper was one of those “oopsie” horses that I didn’t know I needed.
We stayed at a hotel and got up early to go look at the weanlings being adopted.
I taught myself in order to do all the training because owning and training a mustang has been my biggest dream in life.
From day 1, I have been a part of her gentling and training.
Nevada was so stubborn, but she eventually gave in when she realized I had treats!
Kinzie was my first mustang and my draw for the 2018 Extreme Mustang Makeover.
My first time removing a tag from a mustang was about 5 months ago during my time training for the 2022 Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover.
The other two mustangs had already allowed their trainers to touch them, but mine still had no intentions of letting me get near her.
I’m new to horses and, at 46, never thought I’d actually be able to start a horse, but then I met a lady named Ann who told me I could and, along with my very supportive barn family, I did just that.
By day two I had gained enough trust to remove her neck tag. I will never forget that moment!
I wanted to give up. I remember I started to cry, but I took a moment and a huge, deep breath.
Have you ever had that that moment when you know someone special has come into your life? That is how I felt the first time I saw her – like she looked into my soul.
Removing their tag is a special day, and to me it shows that they are starting their new life and are no longer just a tag number.
I’ve always had horses, and it was my dream to train a wild mustang.
Tora Ziyal was my second mustang, but the first one that came to me directly from the BLM so she was my first official tag removal.
Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted a horse of my own.
My husband, Tom Brock, tolerated my horse habit, but he did like going to the Teen Makeovers in Washington.
Yuma came to us as a five year old and had only been in captivity for about six months.
A family friend encouraged me to get a wild mustang because he knew that I wanted to be a trainer and thought it would be a great experience for me.
Twister was my second mustang that I had the opportunity of gentling for a program called Mustang Yearlings Washington Youth.
On May 3rd, 2021, I was finally able to remove my first mustang’s neck tag after having her for five days.
Phoenix was my draw for the youth division of the 2022 Fort Worth Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Korra was the only adult in her holding pen that was not extremely skittish of us walking on the outside.
I got Caspian for the 2021 Teens and Oregon Mustangs Challenge.
I adopted Cassy as a yearling in 2015 for my first Extreme Mustang Makeover at 15 years old where we won 3rd place.
Long story short, at 48 I decided to try my hand at a 100 day challenge.
After retraining numerous mustangs, I, too, dreamed the dream many have of slipping off that neck tag charm.
I was picking out my yearling for the 2021 OKC Extreme Mustang Makeover in April of 2021.
As soon as we had our first hand-to-nose touch, Fiora was hungry for more.
Taking the tag off of a horse I had put my blood, sweat, and tears into was a magical feeling I’ll never forget.
The feeling of tag removal is the most emotional moment of gentling mustangs for me.
It took 2 ½ weeks before my 1 year old filly trusted me enough to let me take her tag off.
But, little did I know, Ringo would be everything I needed to regain my confidence and reignite my passion for training these amazing horses.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to train a mustang and I finally got that chance with the SoCal TIP Challenge!
I got Ellie when I sold my Quarter Horse gelding and was talked into doing a mustang challenge in Massachusetts.
Her kind eyes and radiant soul spoke to me, and I knew that we would accomplish amazing things together.
Navy was my draw for a 100 day TIP Challenge and I couldn’t have been more blessed.
I entered into the 2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover with mustang #8383.
In May of 2022 I picked up this little horse, little did I know he was going to change my life.
Ember was in Kentucky and I needed to figure out how to get her out without being there and have her transported to my pickup location in North Georgia.