On January 3, 2017, Heroes and Horses embarked on the first stage of integrating 16 wild mustangs into their program.
The Heroes and Horses Crew, accompanied by Montana State University Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Moreaux, former Heroes and Horses Veteran Program Manager, Mike Reilly (SEAL), Val Geisler, Russ Lewis, Chris Douglas, horse trainer Ramon Becerra, and The Pursuit Society film crew, traveled to Burns, Oregon, where H&H adopted 16 wild mustangs from the Oregon BLM.
This highly trained group put these mustangs through a rigorous gentling process in hopes of being able to integrate them into the current H&H herd, and utilize them in the 2017 Heroes and Horses veteran program, which began in June 2017.
The final phase of this training was a 560 mile pack trip through some of the most unforgiving landscape in New Mexico and Arizona.
The purpose of this innovative short film is to start a new, universally-understood conversation around the necessity of struggle, challenge and perseverance as they relate to creating meaning in one's life - without one, you cannot have the other.
The 500 Miles film communicates the importance of this concept by telling the story of the un-purposed wild mustang and the un-purposed veteran, following both as they learn to face and navigate challenges, with the ultimate goal of discovering what their greater purpose in life is.
For these mustangs, the arduous 500 mile journey through New Mexico and Arizona was their purpose-defining challenge, but we all have our own version of a "500 mile journey". It's the moments in life where we choose to buck up instead of give up. Where we choose to take the unbeaten path instead of the easy road. It's the moments that force us to take a hard look at ourselves, and the decisions we have been making, and decide if we have been letting life happen to us, or for us.
SO, THE QUESTION IS, WHAT'S YOUR 500?