Hello I am Caroline Santo.
Many years ago now I asked the Lord, "Lord I want the desires of my heart to be your desires for my life."
I came to realize that God places desires in our hearts and it is ok to follow them.
Horses have been a love of mine since I was born. Now they are my partners.
Because of the wonderful way God made horses, they are an amazing partner in helping break away the walls all humans have up at some point in their lives.
Through riding lessons, retreats and workshops the Lord finds a way to show each person his love.
And through these programs we are able to take care of these amazing creatures with the love, food, vet care and human interaction that each one needs. Below you will find a story of Arti one of our amazing horses.
Caroline and Arti
The Full Story
I have been under the tutelage of Anne Soule at Foothill Equestrian Center for the past 10 years. During this time I have found the love of liberty and mustangs. Anne has given me the skills to a dream I had a long time ago, to dance with Horses. Over the years with Anne I have worked many horses. A wonderful, very smart Arab mare named Gypsy, an incredible quarter horse named Kingsley all of them and many more have taught me along the way as our relationship and connection grew.
I found a link to a 100 day challenge, you get a wild mustang for 100 days and then take it to a show to meet other mustang lovers and show off the love we have of these amazing animals. I have been in the horse world long enough to know that horses that don't make it in the human world could end up in kill pens. I took on the responsibility to connect with this mustang at the deepest level, I knew that it could be a life and death situation. In understanding the herd mentality that creates a mustang family, I also knew that I needed to become part of his herd.
It was my job to change his thoughts on who humans are and to give him another option to the natural fight or flight instinct to danger. As our journey began from
Day one of trailering him to his new home,
Day 2 teaching him about gentle pressure on the rope, going in his pen,
Day 3 the follow me game, the feel of touch on his body,
Day 4 touch with a training stick and then sliding my hand down for human touch and on went our training.
The depths that Arti had in his eyes, the trust he gave me, the "try" he gives every day has hit the depths of my soul. Horses in general are amazing incredible creatures, to me Mustangs, with their depth of love, survival instinct, and so much raw love for life have captured the very depths of who I am.
We went to the competition after 100 days, we got 4th place. I was so proud of this horse. all this time with him on the ground furthered my love for Liberty. The connection and trust it built between us has filtered into our riding.
To Kiss all the wild horses!