Karen Brenner Paintings: Carr Ranch Mustangs
It all started in August 1979, when the Carrs responded to a BLM request for bids on starting a Mustang Center in the east. “Along with 700 other folks through the U.S., we bid on it,” said Paula Carr. “My husband was just a farmer,” but lo and behold, they won the bid. “Senator Sasser’s office called us to say we had won,” Paula recalled. “When they came to inspect the property, we had to create the idea of what the [Mustang] facility would look like. Then we had only 30-60 days to build it. All our neighbors came and helped us.”
Since 1979, the Carr’s facility has processed over 28,000 animals – not only adopting them, but also holding, sorting, vetting, hoof trimming, and giving medical attention. The Carrs have trained a lot of the Mustangs, and a number of them have been trained by others or the new owners. Paula specializes in the burros, while her husband works with the horses.
The ranch has been the site for the Wild Horse and Burro Days celebration, held annually for 15 years. This coming June 10-11, the Carr Ranch will host an Extreme Mustang Makeover Adoption event.
“About 3 or 4 years ago we decided to retire,” Paula said. “Then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called and asked us to help find homes for the horses at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. As of last year, we have found homes for all but five of the Sheldon horses. We have five who are still awaiting adoptive homes. They’re special horses. They have their own property, and they’re free.”
Find more information about Carr Ranch at: www.carrranch.com and about the Mustang Heritage Foundation at: http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org Information about the Sheldon Horse and Burro management plan is available at: http://www.fws.gov/sheldonhartmtn/sheldon/horseburro.html
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