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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Film Students, Directors and Documentarians-Take A Look



So here is the situation. Our program preserves nearly extinct strains of the first horses to come to America and touches lives in ways that are impossible to imagine without actually seeing it. We are a 501(c)5 non profit and we have no paid staff. I am convinced that what we do can be replicated all over the country. I also am convinced that gradual, word of mouth exposure has very limited utility in showing what is possible for people who care about horse and humans.

So here is the next step. In the spring when things are green again there are few places more beautiful than our horse lot. The optics are extraordinary. The story is much more beautiful than the sights. It is time to have professionals make a film on what goes on here.

I am not a sales man or a pitchman. I am a prosecutor with an unusual family background. I am also in a hurry to do everything I can to get others to develop programs  like ours. I am not seeking an iota of compensation resulting from a film. There is a great deal of potential text to be found in our blog, Mill Swamp indian Horse Views that I will also authorize to be used.

Here is a short list of what goes on at our horse lot. There will be no detailed descriptions in this list. For more information contact me at msindianhorses@aol.com.

Mill Swamp Indian Horses is the program name of Gwaltney Frontier Farm. In this program we:

1. work to preserve and promote nearly extinct strains of historic Colonial Spanish Horses, such as Choctaws, Corollas, Shacklefords, Marsh Tackys and Galicenos.

2. provide weekly sessions for those in the in patient PTSD program at the local Veterans Hospital.

3. have never turned away anyone for lack of ability to pay program fees.

4. teach children as young as five years old how to begin to tame, train, and ride wild horses.

5. provide a site for Ashley Edwards' "Road to Repair" programs both for training professionals who deal with those who have experienced intense trauma and for the survivors of such abuse. She teaches cops how to use the body language of horses when communicating with victims of child abuse and sexual assault. I met Ashley when she was seventeen. I have been prosecuting molestation and sexual assault cases for nearly twenty years, Ashley's case was the worst case I ever encountered. She is brilliant, articulate, filled with insight and is a compelling speaker. She is now also the youngest daughter that my wife, Beth, and I have with her adoption having been finalized in recent months.

6. have been featured in award winning children's books such as "Corolla's Sand Horse Beach: Croatoan's Memoirs" and "The Adventures of Red Feather" and "Red Feather Goes to School." We were also in a great segment of the TV show "Wild About Animals

7. built a replica 1650's era farm site to provide a back drop for our historical and educational programs where we occasionally have living history performances.

8. have a music program for participants to learn to play ancient American songs using fiddles, banjos, harmonicas, dulcimers, three string wooden banjos, wash tub bass, cahone, bodhrun, bouzouki, mandolin and guitar.

9. conduct clinics demonstrating our methods of gently and humanely taming and training horses.


Sounds pretty dry when you just read it over in a quick list like this--but the bottom line is that what goes on in our horse lot radically improves lives for horses and people. It is a compelling story that would make a great film.

If you would like to discuss being the person that makes that film, contact me at msindianhorses@aol.com


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you support equine slaughter?

Steve Edwards said...

No we have spoken against it in the strongest terms on this blog and else where for years.

Susan Kerins Saving Americas mustangs in Oklahoma said...

We ate setting up a very similar program here in Oklahoma with the Spanish mustangs and barbs going back to the Oklahoma chocktaw and cerbat and Brislawn and painter breeding with a lot of sulphur and bookscliff breeding.. we are also striving to save the lp gene in the Spanish mustang and barb and since no one has wanted to offer advice it has been a long road and we're working on our path certifications now.. I would love to talk to you because when I read your goals and such it is identical to what I have down! I would love to learn from you so we can be a Benifit please get ahold of me at oklahomamustangtrainer@gmail.com or Facebook siouxzan Kerins! I look forward to hearing from you