Heroes and Horses: The 500 Miles Project

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We all know horses hold more healing properties than many medicines. They’re a direct reflection of who we are. They can show us our strengths, our weaknesses, and we can learn to be better people because of them. For former Navy Seal, Micah Fink, the solution to helping combat veterans was simple — let the horses help veterans find themselves again. He is the founder of Heroes and Horses, and last year began The 500 Miles Project — integrating 16 wild mustangs from the Burns, Oregon complex into their training program and horse herd.

“WE ARE NOT DEFINED BY OUR MANY SCARS, BUT BY WHAT WE DO AFTER THE WOUNDS CLOSE.” – MICAH FINK

I followed them on Instagram last year, and feel terribly guilty for not sharing all the love then, so I’m going to make up for it now, by sharing their short documentary on their 560 mile trip. A trip I’m likely never brave enough to take. The idea of sleeping out in the open, with bears and wild animals, terrifies me, I’ll not lie. Please be sure you watch all the way to the end, as the still photography is stunning, and the wrap-up will make you cry.

500 MILES from Heroes and Horses on Vimeo.

I know that it’s a longer than normal video, but I promise it’s well worth the watch and unless you have no heart you’ll finish the film with more love for a horse than you likely already had.

What is your takeaway from this program?

Happy Trails!

Posted in: Featured, Horse Care, Horse Training


About Jenn Zeller

Jenn Zeller was transplanted, from a big city in Texas, to the plains of South Dakota. The only person in her family to ride, she grew up rodeoing, managed a rodeo scholarship to college, and earned a marketing degree from Tarleton State University. She went...

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