VETERAN PROGRAM

HONORING VETERANS. HONORING MUSTANGS.

 

The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) Veterans & Mustangs Program is an equine experiential opportunity aimed at helping active-duty military, veterans, and first-responders heal. The program uses the benefits and power of the wild American Mustang to provide a platform for change.

With the help of MHF, military veterans choose a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang untouched by humans, and transform the horse in approximately 30 days into a gentled, adoptable equine companion while learning hands-on care. Participants will also learn farm management, equine husbandry, basic veterinary care, and equine behavior/psychology. This program takes place at MHF in Georgetown, Texas (5 days a week for approximately 30 days).

After the completion of the program, the mustangs are available for adoption by the participant or placed into private care. Participants are not required to adopt their mustang. Please click the FAQ link for more information.

The Veterans & Mustangs Program is hands on and challenging. Working with mustangs is an experience that connects the participant with an animal in need. This program has successfully helped veterans lead more productive lives both on the job and at home. The Veterans & Mustangs Program is funded solely through donations. We need your help to continue changing lives.

You can be a part of a mustang or veterans life and give them the chance for change by donating today.

MAKE A DONATION

Click here to make a donation online.

Mail Checks to:

Mustang Heritage Foundation

Veterans & Mustangs Program

P.O. Box 979, Georgetown, TX 78627

Interested in starting a Veterans & Mustangs program at your organization?
MHF is in the process of developing a curriculum to help organizations interested in starting a Veterans & Mustangs program at their facility. Email Veterans@MustangHeritageFoundation.org for more information.

 

 

For more information contact

Veterans@MustangHeritageFoundation.org

or call 512-869-3255.

 

Thank you to our program partner the Weisberg Family Foundation.

 

VOLUNTEER

You can support us in several ways not only financially but also with your time and talents.  If interested in volunteering please fill out the following form and let us know how you can help.  Lets band together to fight for those that are fighting for us!

Click here to download a volunteer application.

Click here to download the application >>

For more information please contact:

Alex Kappert

Email: alex@mustangheritagefoundation.org
or call 512-869-3225

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the Veterans & Mustangs Program?

Veterans and active duty service members with proof of service (ex. DD-214 or valid military ID) may apply to participate in the program. MHF will be adding programming for first responders. Please check our website for program updates.

How often do you offer sessions? 

Typically, we hold one or two sessions per year. One is held in the spring and the other in the fall depending on available funding.

How many weeks is each session?

Each session lasts 30 days with 5 classes per week (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday). Veterans that are accepted into the program are expected to attend every class unless they have previously notified the program coordinator of necessary appointments scheduled prior to being accepted into the program.

Are veterans required to have horse experience prior to the program?

It is not a requirement for veterans to have prior horse experience. We are looking for participants that are willing to learn and be committed to the program.

How are veterans selected for the program?

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We date each application as it is received and review in order of receipt. Sessions are filled on first come first served order. Once we have a date for the next session, we contact each applicant and find out their availability for the session.

Are participants required to attend any other program prior to the Veterans & Mustangs Program?

There is not a requirement to attend any other program prior to our program.

What does the Veterans & Mustangs Program cost to participate?

There is no fee for veterans to participate in the program. The Veterans & Mustangs Program is funded with private donations and sponsorships through the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

Does Mustang Heritage Foundation provide housing and meals during the program?

MHF does not provide lodging or meals. MHF does provide a refrigerator, microwave and hotplate in the veteran’s kitchen area.  Several veterans have found sponsors in their community to offset lodging expenses.

Click the links below to view area accommodations.

Campgrounds/RV Parks: https://visit.georgetown.org/camping/
https://www.retreatat971rvpark.com/

Hotels: https://visit.georgetown.org/hotels/

B&B/Guest Houses: https://visit.georgetown.org/guest-houses/

How do we get our mustang for the program?

Mustangs are typically picked-up on the first day of the session. We will travel to a Bureau of Land Management facility or an adoption event. Upon arrival there will be mustangs gathered and available for the veterans to select from. The Veterans Program Coordinator will be on site to help guide you in your selection.

Do I have to adopt my mustang?

You are not required to adopt your mustang. Should you decide that you would like to adopt your mustang, you may do so through the BLM adoption application process. (please see facility guidelines)

What does it cost to adopt a mustang?

Should you decide to adopt your mustang, Mustang Heritage Foundation will pay the $125 adoption fee.

Am I responsible for feeding my mustang while it is in the program?

Mustang Heritage Foundation provides all feed and stabling for the mustangs during the 30 day session.  You are required to feed, water and clean your mustang’s stall each day of class.

Am I required to go through any counseling or therapy sessions?

The MHF Veterans & Mustangs Program is experiential only. There are no clinical therapy or counseling services offered or required before, during, or after the program.

May my family or friends come with me and watch me during the program?

The Veterans & Mustangs Program is meant to be a bonding experience between you and your mustang. For that reason, family and friends are not allowed to visit during the session. At the end of each session, we host an Open House where family, friends, local newspapers, past veterans and program supporters are invited to come out and celebrate the most recent group of veterans. During this event the veterans are recognized and honored for completing the Veterans & Mustangs program. This would be the appropriate time to invite your family and friends.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Dogs are not allowed on the property. Please contact the Mustang Heritage Foundation for guidelines on service dogs.

I would like to support the Veterans & Mustangs program. How can I help?

There are many ways that you can help support the program: become a MHF volunteer, help with feeding horses on the weekend, donate meals for the program, and monetary donations are always welcome. Click here to make a donation to support Veterans & Mustangs.

 

 

THANKS TO OUR LIFETIME AND PARTNER LEVEL MEMBERS

Cat Zimmerman LIFETIME MEMBER

Catherine Spencer & Marcus Farny LIFETIME MEMBER

Stephanie Kerianvaughn LIFETIME MEMBER

Robin Lohnes LIFETIME MEMBER

Vicki Bass LIFETIME MEMBER

Libby Gaier LIFETIME MEMBER

Emilee Gettle LIFETIME MEMBER

Karen Brock LIFETIME MEMBER

Lois Dawn Fritz LIFETIME MEMBER

Robert Obenrader LIFETIME MEMBER

Lisa Osborn LIFETIME MEMBER

Dominique Morrison LIFETIME MEMBER

Annie MacDermaid LIFETIME MEMBER

Carol Logan PARTNER MEMBER

Mustang Camp PARTNER MEMBER

Trephina Galloway PARTNER MEMBER

Emma White PARTNER MEMBER

Tim Ivey PARTNER MEMBER

Shelly Nice, PhD LIFETIME MEMBER

Bobby Kerr LIFETIME MEMBER

Marsha Hartford-Sapp LIFETIME MEMBER

Peter Oppenheimer LIFETIME MEMBER

Margaret Lewis LIFETIME MEMBER

Linda Lee LIFETIME MEMBER

Savannah Rose LIFETIME MEMBER

Stephanie Dolence LIFETIME MEMBER

Heather Spencer LIFETIME MEMBER

Kate LaCroix LIFETIME MEMBER

Susan Duncan LIFETIME MEMBER

Dallas Miller LIFETIME MEMBER

Jeff Lasher LIFETIME MEMBER

Miles Matthews PARTNER MEMBER

Alexandra Davis PARTNER MEMBER

William Rogers PARTNER MEMBER

Connie Koehler PARTNER MEMBER