Livestream Alert: “Impact of the Horse” Mustang Challenge

We’ve got the scoop on this unique competition and a link to where you can livestream all day on Saturday to see mustangs performing just 100 days into training. And maybe even take one home with you!

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The Impact of the Horse has become a staple event in the American West for showcasing the diversity and agility of the mustang, and this year for the first time, you can catch all of it on from the comfort of your preferred device.

Click Here to Watch the Impact of the Horse Livestream

A unique competition that incorporates a professional 100-day challenge which started with untouched mustangs and ends with working saddle horses, a 60-day yearling/youth in-hand challenge, and a “domestics vs. mustangs” division, the Impact of the Horse tests partnerships, trainability, and performance of the region’s best.

On Day 1, all competitors will navigate a trail course that includes bridges, natural obstacles, water, a horse trailer, and sorting livestock. Yearling competitors will be competing tonight from 3:00-5:00 MST, and will also be part of the livestreamed events.

On Day 2, the horses come back to complete a musical freestyle and the challenge horses are auctioned off to eligible adopters pre-approved by the BLM. The Saturday events will be livestreamed beginning at 10:00 a.m. MST (two hours behind EST) starting with the youth mustang championship freestyle, followed by the 100-day challenge horses saddle trained by professionals, the mustang vs. domestics, and finally the adoption auction.

The winners of the various divisions get a nice chunk of prize money and possibly the coolest belt buckle ever:


Photo courtesy of Impact of the Horse Facebook Page.

If you complete the adoption paperwork ahead of time and are approved, you can participate in the auction by phone and the BLM will work with you to find the nearest shipping facility and make further arrangements.

More details are available at the Impact of the Horse website.

The goal of the Impact of the Horse is to promote the Mustang as a viable horse for adoption and success in a multitude of disciplines. This competition brings both domestic and wild born horses together in a friendly competition fallowed by both a mustang and burro adoption.

The current estimated on-range wild horse and burro population (as of March 1, 2016) is 67,027, a 15 percent increase over the 2015 estimate of 58,150. That means the current West-wide on-range population exceeds what the government considers a sustainable number by more than 40,000.
The population of off-range (unadopted or unsold) wild horses and burros maintained in holding facilities is more than 45,000 as of August 2016.
You can learn more about other options for adopting a wild horse or burro from the Bureau of Land Management’s website.

Go Mustangs and Go Riding.

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