Brian Smith of the Summerlin area has spent a large part of his life caring for the wild horse population of the West.
Smith, 54, has run a nonprofit organization based in Summerlin for six years, dedicated to informing the public about the history of American Mustangs while preparing horses for adoption.
"Funny Farm Mustangs is the only non-profit organization in the state that only allows mustangs and burros strictly for adoption purposes," Smith said, "and we do not charge any training or any of these activities to adopters. "
"Gentling" is a way to tame the horses while developing a bond of trust between the horse and the man.
Smith's organization organizes informational events in the Las Vegas Valley and often takes horses to let people know how calm they are, Smith said. He and his wife, Jill, have several horses living in their back yard; five stalls house them, but they wander freely in the fenced area throughout the day.
As an authorized coach of the non-profit Mustang Heritage Foundation National Coaching Program, a non-profit organization, Mr. Smith could fire horses and burros from the presence of corrals in one from the 10 western states, he said. He picks it up in Ridgecrest, California.
"Through the TIP program, I am paid an allowance of US $ 1,000 for the successful adoption of horses," Smith said. "If we do a burro, it's $ 750. Money helps, but it's going fast. We have just received 30 bales of hay today which cost us $ 515. I cross about 30 bales of hay in 22 days; 95% of it comes from our own pocket. "
Whatever it is, Smith said, the group provides adoption, pickup and training for free. Smith said the only thing the adopter has to pay is the $ 125 adoption fee at the BLM.
Desire Schultz of North Las Vegas found the organization as she searched for a place where her 13-year-old daughter, Ariena, could volunteer. The goal of his daughter is to train with one of the horses for competitions.
"It took a while to find them," said Schultz. "But my daughter has been volunteering for about a year now. Passionate about horses, she wants to become a veterinarian when she is older. She will volunteer every morning to not go to school. "