13 year old Mustang Mare
HMA: Onaqui Mountain, UT
Entered Training Program: 3/1/2020
Maia will be a permanent Ambassador at GEMS and will not be available for adoption.
Stay tuned for updates on Maia’s training!
**May be in foal!**
This special mare was another that local advocates alerted us to at the Onaqui Mountain Adoption Event … and we are so glad they did!
At 13 years old, this gal has lived through a lot! But since September, she was rounded up, separated from her family, lost her eye from an injury in the pens, then was branded with the big U because of her age… determining her as most likely to be sent directly to long term holding if she was not adopted at that first adoption event.
We purchased her for $25 and she is here to prove everyone wrong. She is bold, curious, and wants so badly to connect with people. She is also beautiful, tall, and strong!
We have given her the name – Maia. In Roman Mythology, Maia was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring and rebirth. We thought this name honored her strength and perseverance as a mother of many foals over the years, a senior member of her herd, and one who will be reborn from adversity.
Maia will be a permanent ambassador here at GEMS to help show people how incredible the “Unwanted” Mustangs can be. So many are overlooked because of their age, or because they are mares, or because of some kind of “disability”. We will honor Maia in her uniqueness and allow her authentic self to shine.
Maia is coming along so well in her training in such a short period of time. In the last week, she has turned the corner and developed a beautiful trust in Stephanie. While a week ago she was still nervous to be approached, today she is running to Stephanie at liberty and leading all over the property!
This kind of transformation from a fearful, forgotten Mustang into a willing and confident partner is exactly why we do what we do!