The Wild Spirit Horse
The Wild Spirit Horse, Inc, located in Silver Springs, Nevada, is a 501(c)3 wild horse nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of America’s wild horses and burros. They work to educate the public on issues that pertain to the native wild mustang. They also teach the wild horses that have been gathered off the range so they may live in peace and harmony in a domesticated world. Founded by Karen Mayfield, also President, leads her volunteers by gentling the wild horses using Native American Horsemanship, exclusively. She also teaches the new adopter how to communicate with their new partner. Karen also teaches those that wish to learn this wonderful method, and hopes to someday help the wild horses that come off the reservations by gentling and teaching.
Karen states that she feels very strongly about the method in which she teaches the wild horses. She also agrees with a statement of PonyBoy’s, “that the Native Americans established a strong working relationship that the horses understood using this way of teaching. This method becomes much easier and longer lasting. Through this relationship horse and rider become a more intimate team working together as one. Relationship training is two things, first, it’s working within the kinds of relationships the horses understand, and second, it’s concentrating more on the relationship than the results. Horses understand basically two kinds of relationships, they understand that they are prey and they understand they are a herd animal. The herd relationship is what determines the movements and motivations from a horse. Native Americans had the uncanny ability to look at things for what they were, whereas European traditional thinking thought more about what something could become. Because Native Americans look at the horse, they observe the nature of the horse and worked within the nature of the horse, they achieved better results in a shorter amount of time. The traditions of this Nations first grade horsemen looked at horses as part of a larger Universe, one of which we are all related and therefore one in which we need to establish close relationships. A central theme amongst most tribes beliefs was that we are all related to all living things on earth, and it was also that understanding that helped Native Americans to established relationships with horses rather than dominating a horse, they sought to build a relationship with the horse.
Since we can’t teach horses to speak our language it makes sense to learn theirs. We are asking the horse to accept us into their culture and into their lives, we don’t want to be casual observers, we’re asking to be revered as lead members of their herd. If we can achieve that status, our horses will literally do anything for us.”
To learn more about The Wild Spirit Horse, Inc please visit
To contact Karen please email – [email protected]
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