The first step then was to acquire the land. The Harrisons - a ranching family - took a look at what was being done by the Foundation and determined that they wanted to be involved. Being well experienced in business as well, they worked with the Foundation to design a plan so that their land would become the horse's in care of the Foundation if the Horse World would provide the initial setup and endowment that was appropriate for the task at hand.
It is a big undertakimg. We think the horses are well worth the effort. Put another way, think about this. Have you ever wanted to do something really big? Perhaps build a hospital wing, or take care of every horse that has no one?
Providing an Acre or more is expensive in that regard and equally it is worth stretching for as it provides what has not been provided.
Innovation that works to remove the problems that horses have.
Everyone associated with the Camp Rusk Foundation has made this commitment of one or more Acres as we love horses. We would like you to join us!
Along the way, Becky Mayes explained that in addition to times of a horse's life when they need a natural life, that there were two more significant problems. These were Abandonment and Excess. In other words we that love the horse were causing the problems. We were giving them life just to take it away. We were also abandoning them due to cost. What we know is that if Horse Owners know the right thing to do and if it is affordable, they will do it. Knowing this, we developed solutions to all three problems
To provide well for certain wildlife, areas for horses were selected. This resulted in a naturally healthy horse environment that was fly free for most of the year. How to provide well for the horses became a labor of love for the many horse owners.. At first traditional methods were used and it was clear new methods needed to be learned. Over time new techniques were discovered and developed. The result to date has been healthy horses at a low cost.
One day Adrienne McMullin proposed that the results were so good for her horse, that perhaps this life should be preserved and the learning should continue. A group was formed and a plan prepared. In 2008 the group felt they were ready to create a non profit to obtain and hold the land needed as well as provide continued learning and sharing what was learned. Maud called the result 'after a lifetime of service, giving them the life of a horse'. The artist Theo Tang created a logo to convey this meaning.
The plan took into account having enough land to be able to demonstrate well and to accommodate weather and future changes that might occur around the property. This in turned opened up new benefits for wildlife and humans.
Just before the turn of the century, a rancher added some land to his holdings. The land had a beautiful roll to its valleys with interspersed areas of woodlands, meadows, and lakes.
Land must either have a use or be used by nature. The rancher decided to do both. Parts are left untouched, parts are managed to provide areas for both wildlife and domesticated animals, part primarily for agriculture. Land left totally alone will self limit what it allows which is excellent for some natural species. Other wildlife types need a certain landscape to thrive.This type of management was provided by native cultures and can also be provided today.