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Come meet Mesa Verde “Marvel” at the Four States Ag Expo!

Marvel was born in 2019 into a band of wild horses who have roamed the canyons and mesas of Mesa Verde for hundreds of years. Like his sire, he is a rare Perlino, born white with bright blue eyes. By 2021, as a two-year-old stallion, he was driven from his band and, alone, had to try to find food and water.
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NMACO’s mission is to preserve and protect wild horses and promote humane management.

As part of that mission, we have been collaborating with Mesa Verde National Park in their project to remove the wild horses from the park so that it can be done as humanely as possible. To that end, we developed a non-adversarial, low-stress capture plan to bait and habituate the wild horses so that they could be trapped without fear-based chasing or other trauma. Our theories and capture plan are based in applied scientific behavioral principles, as promoted by Whit Hibbard (online Stockmanship Journal), Tim McGaffic (www.thenaturofnatural.com), and Dr. Patricia Irick of Mustang Camp (www.mustangcamp.org). Tim and Whit were both personally and actively involved in developing the plan, designing and helping building the infrastructure, and
educating our volunteers. We are hopeful that this innovative, low-stress capture method will be a new protocol for helping wild horses everywhere who may need to be transitioned to domestic lives.
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Marvel is the showcase mascot for the success of this project. He was habituated to water and hay in an open pen until eventually an automatic gate was closed with no trauma. He has been tamed and trained by Dr. Patricia Irick of Mustang Camp (www.mustangcamp.org), and will be coming to the AgExpo to meet you! Marvel will be tamed for touching, grooming, hoof trimming, leading, and loading using combined reinforcement techniques and will need consistency in the next level to saddle training. He may be auctioned to a few pre-qualified applicants.
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Adoption applications will be available at the AgExpo, or obey contacting info@nmaco.org.

National Mustang Association, Colorado (NMACO)
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
PO Box 849, Cortez, CO 81321
www.NMACo.org
info@nmaco.org
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