We had a blast in Taos this weekend, this is what I call a 'grassroots' community, with creativity bulging from every adobe crevise and sidewalk. The landscape a beautiful area surrounded by mountain range and Rio Grande Canyon and Rio Grande River running through the terrain. A beautiful drive from Abiquiu to Taos, even with the challenges we were dealt every day.
We met some wonderful 'creative' people with a passion for horses and art that stimulates and draws people to thier beauty. A fun and enthusiastic crowd tapping into thier creative being and using thier skills and giftings in wonderful ways. Great food and wine's for the evening reception including Cip's fish taco's he assembled in the Mustang Mansion. The event was hosted at 'Stables Gallery', which had quiet a history of its own as it used to be a 'stable' and has been turned into a wonderful gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Taos.
Once again we were amazed as we met community folks and out of town visitors sharing around the plight of our american mustangs how little truth people know of the reality our mustangs are faced with. This weekend was a wonderful opportunity in a creative forum to present the facts through provacative conversation and handing out literature. The overall 'feel' we received in our sharing is the american public DO care about the preservation and protection of our american mustangs.
The more we travel and share, the more we see a true concern and compassion for our wild ones. Though education is a critical intervention to bring the truth to the public. Without education we are lured into a mentality that says the government is doing a wonderful job of protecting our wild horses, preserving our wild horses and looking out for their best interest. Of the public we engaged with ... NONE, knew how many of our wild horses are in longterm holding facilities (much less what those are) and how many, and even where they are located, on the range.
The 'mission' behind the Mustang Mansion is being fulfilled at every stop we make. People are drawn to this colorful (and educational) tincan RV, and it makes for incredible conversation opportunities that are so needed to promote the protection and preservation of our wild american mustangs that remain on our public lands. Sadly, even this week the Bureau of Land Management defies its own guidelines as it is rounding up newly born foals and running them for miles across rocky terrain ... the truth has to be heard, and through general public events like this one, it provides a community and an opportunity to bring the message to a people group unaware of the realities that surround our american mustangs.
So, yeah, great art, food, connects...but more...bringing people to understand the need to get involved and make a stand for our wild ones.