You Are Not Too Young to Make a Difference!
The efforts of kids just like you are very important to protecting mustangs. Even though you aren't old enough to own a mustang and maybe live in the city and wouldn't have a place to keep them, you can still make a difference. Here's how:
- Learn more about mustangs and the challenges they face and tell your friends and parents.
- Ask your parents or grandparents to let you adopt a stuffed mustang. You'll get a great stuffed animal and be helping find homes for mustangs.
- Have a fund raiser to support mustangs. Car wash, lemonade stand, fun run...whatever you choose and however much you raise, it will help! Get in touch with your local paper and tell them about your fundraiser and why you decided to do it. Be sure to tell them the who, what, when and where of your fundraiser. Also, be sure to contact us and we will let you know where to send the donation and maybe even feature your efforts on this web site as an example to other young people!
- If your parents let you have an account, add us to your Facebook and follow us on Twitter and tell your friends to add us as a friend.
Good to Know: Mustang Family Structure
Just as people live in different family groups, wild Mustangs do too. Out on the ranges, which are large areas of open land, horses form small families called herds. Within these herds are usually several mares (female horses), their colts and young offspring, and a stallion in charge of the herd.
In each herd there is an alpha mare who is in charge of the other mares and young horses. This alpha mare is like the group elder and is responsible for the safety of the family when the stallion is not near. While small fights or arguments sometimes happen within the group, the stallion or alpha mare usually create peace among the family.
When the young males in the herd reach maturity, they leave the family in order to start their own herd. Oftentimes young males will group together in what are called a band of bachelors. They run together as they search for females of their own to begin building a herd.
Doing a School Report?
Mustangs make a great report project. Be sure to check out the Quick Facts, Herd Map and How to Read a Freezemark pages for great information to include in your report.
Color Your Own Mustang! Click either picture to download the coloring sheet.
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