WHRC wishes to thank our Sponsors
Sponsors of Help Save a Horse Day 2017:
Platinum Sponsor $1,000
Wild Horse Tales
Linda Rubin, Executive Director
Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial
Janice Basham Wright, Financial Representative
Gold Sponsor $500
Shannon Rubin, Sunshine Accounting
Stan Pengelly, From Olives and Grapes
Silver Sponsor $250
Home Grown Kids of Central Florida
Shannon Smith, Space Coast Honda
Alex Suero, DVM, Tuskawilla Animal Hospital
Friends of Mustangs
Dicandido and Associates, Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
Meet one of our residents, Rio, and learn about his story
My name is Rio, and I am a 28-year-old mustang. I consider myself very lucky because I was adopted when I was only two years old on August 24, 1991 by Diane Delano. I was young, small, and wild when they rounded me up in Goldfield, Nevada. Diane was about 6 months pregnant when I first met her, and in a soft voice, she told me that I would be the first mustang that truly belonged to her. She could have chosen any mustang that day as there were over 80 of us there waiting to be adopted. Before making her final decision, she spent some time with me on that August day. She spoke to me in a kind voice that calmed my wild spirit and made me feel that one day, I just might be able to trust her.
I made the trip to Diane’s farm in Florida and was placed in a pen with another mustang named Nevada Joe. He was friendly and gentle towards me but I was so nervous and scared that I chewed off his tail that first night. Needless to say, they removed poor Nevada Joe from my pen the next morning, and every day, Diane would work with me. She was so gentle and trusting that before I knew it, she was brushing me and even put a halter on me. As we continued to spend time together, she taught me to trust her. Within two weeks, she could pick up my feet and lead me about. She even had a local newspaper come out and write an article on me so that others could learn that even though I was wild when I was adopted, I could still be trained by a loving owner. Diane was very proud of me as I was becoming a gentle horse that was no longer so afraid of people.
Throughout her pregnancy, Diane took me for long walks, and we both enjoyed the exercise and more importantly, our time together. After Diane gave birth to her son, she put a saddle on me! Of course, I bucked, not knowing what to expect next, but she worked with me so patiently that I soon learned that I had nothing to fear. As I grew older, Diane rode me all the time, and she even trusted me enough to have her children ride with her in the saddle. As her children grew up, she taught them how to ride with respect. And as the years went by, I was ridden by her grandchildren. So, I am very proud to be a 3-generation horse, who Diane calls, “Her Special Rio.”
It’s been twenty-six years, and Diane can still count on me to be ridden by all types of riders, from the very young to older adults, who are afraid that they might fall off! During our time together, I think both of us have learned so much. She taught me to be kind and gentle, by being kind and gentle, and we have learned to trust and respect each other. We have worked together to help so many people and to train so many volunteers to continue the work of preserving the heritage of mustangs. I am proof that wild mustangs can be trained if they are placed in loving homes.