A Mustang Story - Kelly Jay Photography

This is the wild mustang, Salvaje, who was taken from a Nevada herd of wild horses when he was around 2 years old. He spent almost 3 years in BLM holding facilities until my sister and her husband Pat adopted him from a facility in Illinois. They gentled him by themselves and it took a very long time to win his trust. It was dangerous work and nothing came easy. But, it was worth the hard work and every week there was a new milestone.  This is Salvaje on the day they brought him home and then 10 days later.




Salvaje was still not ready to by handled by humans so Mary would sit in his pen and read a book until he was ready to come investigate her. The more she ignored him, the more he wanted her attention.

The day finally came when he allowed Mary and Pat to touch him and they were able to remove the tag  the BLM put around his neck which contained his ID number, which matches the freeze brand on his neck.  

Before long, it was time for his first experience with a saddle.



This is the sweet and gentle Salvaje today. Mary and Pat use him to give riding lessons to children, as well as ride him for fun on trails in Indiana.  

He lives in Avon, Indiana and will be 10 years old in December, 2014.



For more information about adopting a wild mustang for yourself, click here.


  • Laura Hall Cox

    on September 11, 2014

    Love this story. I would love to adopt one but have no place to keep it right now. The plight of the horses brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for the story and all of the pictures.

  • Bonnie Jean Wagner

    on August 24, 2014

    that is just amazing . they are such beautiful beings!!

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