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Preserving And Protecting

Horses In The Wild 

Successful fundraiser film event at Mancos Opera House

A Good Time Was Had By All

NMACO sponsored a "movie night" at the historical Mancos Opera House to show the pilot TV episode of "Badwater," which involved participation by many locals. Chuck Greaves, screenwriter, and Felix Alcala, director, collaborated to write, film, direct and produce the film set in Mancos and Cortez and involving a fictional story involving corrupt town administrators, a murdered Native American girl and, of course, water issues. A short documentary to showcase the NMACO project to rescue Mesa Verde wild horses and humane management was also shown to a sold-out crowd of 250! Everyone enjoyed the evening with popcorn, wine, beer, and cider.

Mesa Verde Horses Ready for Adoption and Forever homes

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Some of the wild horses in Mesa Verde National Park

The Mesa Verde horses taken to Mustang Camp for taming were already accustomed to trust humans and have readily engaged in their training. Dr. Patricia Irick says these horses have been the tamest, friendliest horses she has ever trained, and they love their training!

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”Red Mesa” is a sweet little filly, the youngest of this band. She has the can-do attitude of a chestnut mare. Her mother is Dolores. She was born in 2022.

"Rico" is a confident little guy with stunning two-tone mane. He as no fear of leaving mom and wants to engage in life. He will be gelded before adoption.

"Towac" is a big bay mare who was the herd leader. She is happy to work with people and will make someone a great riding horse. Approx. 14 .3 hands, 3-4 years

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More About the Horses

Learn more about this remarkable wild horse capture project

Click the link below for a short video describing the innovative capture using habituation without any fear-driven chasing.

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See more about Mustang Camp training

Dr. Patricia Irick uses positive reinforcement methods to tame and train wild horses. She has more information and training materials on her website at

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PO Box 849, 

Cortez, CO 81321

(505) 204 6111

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