Mustang Sueño truly is, just as her name means – a dream. She was born in the wild of Granite Range, Nevada the year of 2006 and after she was rounded up from the wild by the BLM, she was adopted by Mary as a 5 year old in 2011. Sueño has become an asset to practically ever program I AM HERD offers. She travels with Mary to schools offering the I AM HERD Mustang Mentorship & Meditation programs to children ‘in need’ as well as going INside Nursing Homes to comfort residents in the very spaces where they call home. In addition to all of this, Sueño is an amazing performance horse and has performed freestyles with Mary for crowds nationwide.
Sueño is now building her Sponsor Team and is in need of her first Sponsor. Each Sponsorship is a $50 monthly commitment that goes directly to Sueño’s care. Or a business can sponsor Sueño In Full for $350 per month, to make up her entire sponsorship team. We are a non-profit and count on public support to care for this herd and offer our Mustang assisted Wellness Programs to those in need. Sponsors receive a professional print on archival paper of your sponsored horse as well as updates from Sueño throughout the year!
Below is an article Mary submitted to #MyGivingStory last year. It feels right to share it here, as it tells much of Sueno’s story as it unfolded.
This Mustang, born in the wild of Nevada. Rounded up by a helicopter as a full grown horse. Joining over 40,000 wild horses in the BLM holding facilities, all awaiting adoptive homes.
I adopted this wild Mustang 8 years ago and named her Sueño. It meant “Dream” and I had a big dream in my heart for her. But the actual dream that waited for us, was much more vast than anything my eyes could have seen at the time.
I adopted her to compete in the 2011 Extreme Mustang Makeover. It was a wild horse competition, where 100 trainers would have 100 days to gentle and train a wild Mustang, and compete for big awards. It was my dream with Sueño – to win.
She was 4 years old when I adopted her as a wild horse. For the next 3 months our relationship together was my one and only thought. In less than 100 days she transformed from a wild animal to my most trusted partner and I could not wait to see my dream of the competition come true.
But this dream was not to be. As we were riding, Sueño took one wrong step underneath me. I felt her running, still carrying me, still trying to do as I wanted, but she was running – on not four legs, but three. I stopped her immediately and took her to the vet to find that she has torn a suspensory. This kind of injury would take a year to heal. We were out. It was over.
The dream was lost.
But sometimes, there are dreams being dreamed that are too big for our eyes to see. Sometimes there are dreams being dreamed, that are not so much about me, but more about – We.
You see, as I was dreaming of winning that competition with Sueño, something much bigger was happening inside of me. Together we as we developed a relationship built on so much trust, grace and love, I began to feel the essence of the wild horse truly heal my aching soul. As this wild horse began to connect so deeply within me, I began to start connecting, more deeply, within myself. I went from a place of so desperately needing to prove myself to others, to a place of finally seeing that there is nothing to prove, that we are all the ‘other’ and we are all in this world together. And we are all enough, just as we are. To begin to know this inner feeling of ‘Enough’ on the inside – it changed everything for me on the outside.
And so – Fast forward with me, 8 years later …
I held one end of a thin lead rope in my hand and on the other end, was Sueño’s rope halter, softly cradling her beautiful face. It felt as if we were gently holding hands as we walked up that sidewalk. There were large, glass double doors and as we approached, seemingly by magic, they parted open. It felt like a warm embrace, as the doors slowly stretched wider, to allow Sueño and I to walk inside – inside the Nursing home! We walked through the doors and we rounded the sign-in table and made our way down the long hallway. There were residents in wheelchairs and many in their beds. Sueño was so slow, so careful, so meticulous and mindful in her every move. So powerful she felt beside me, yet so full of the power of peace. Sueño seemed to know which individuals were calling to her, or perhaps she was calling to them, maybe it was both. She dropped her head low into their laps, allowing them to caress her face, to peer into her huge dark brown eyes, to touch her soft whiskers, to feel her gentle breath on their skin. I felt like the witness to a miracle, to be at her side. The most sacred honor, to hold Sueño’s hand in this magical way, as she brought to life a dream that was so much more vast than I could have ever imagined all those years away. A dream not just for me, but for so many more, way beyond what my eyes could see.
And so, inspired by this amazing Mustang, we founded the non-profit I AM HERD Mustang Sanctuary. Now home to 17 formerly wild horses, and home to a brand new dream. Sueño and the other I AM HERD Mustang Ambassadors have traveled with me all over the nation and even more so in our local community of southeastern, NC. We offer Mustang Mentorship & Meditation programs at the home sanctuary and in the backyards of inner city schools, shelters, safe houses and yes, inside nursing homes. It is our living dream to share the peace of the Mustang Sanctuary with those that need it most. It is a dream that had to be lived within me first, before I could see it, to share it with others in the way the Mustangs and I now do.
As I write this, I look back in awe of how life can unfold. In awe of the dreams that have died and those that I never knew I was dreaming. And yet, they are all so woven together. No dream wasted, no dream ever really lost, and some dreams, still just waiting to be found. This dream of sharing the heart of the Mustang Sanctuary in this way, it is a dream I am so grateful to share and so grateful to live out each and every day.
from our hearts to yours, may you feel loved, may you feel peace and may you always know, that You are enough. There are dreams still waiting for you too ~ Mary Miller-Jordan & Mustang Sueño
(above) Sueño visiting residents in a Nursing Home and at a school (below)Sueño is in need of Sponsorship!
Sponsoring an I AM HERD horse or pony is one of the most supportive things you can do for our work and mission. And the most amazing part is the way it truly connects the Caregiver TO the horse or pony they are Sponsoring! These wild ones just know and they are so grateful for Your help!
As your first Gift of Gratitude for your Sponsorship, we will mail professional print on archival paper of your sponsored horse! We send out additional Gifts of Gratitude throughout the year, and send you personal updates from Sueño!
Above all, you will know that your donation ensures that we can provide the best of care to this wild one that you feel a connection to. Sponsorships are a monthly donation of $50, the cost of a bale of hay and are a one year commitment. You may opt to have your monthly donation withdrawn automatically or you may pay in full for the year either via check or online credit card. The annual commitment begins the month you begin your Sponsorship (so a Sponsorship initiated in Feb 2020 will run through Feb 2021)
Blessings from this herd to your heart, there is truly a wild horse in all hearts that are drawn to them ~
I AM HERD
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Kelly, NC 28448
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