Mingo: The Hero Mare

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Tribute to Mingo: The Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin

Introduction:

This is the story of Mingo, the Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin. In the vast expanse of Sand Wash Basin, where the rugged terrain meets the endless sky, one mare stood out among the wild mustangs that roamed freely. Her name was Mingo, a symbol of freedom and resilience in the untamed wilderness. For fifteen years, she galloped across the open range, leading her band with grace and strength.

But her story took a heartbreaking turn when she was captured on the last day of the gather, losing her freedom along with her foal Desiree and daughter Moon Shadow. Despite facing captivity, Mingo’s spirit remained unbroken, and her courageous defiance against the helicopter that sought to take away her freedom earned her the title of the Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin.

Hero Mare
Photo by: WilsonAxpe Photography

The Wild Spirit of Mingo – Hero Mare:

In the vast expanses of Sand Wash Basin, Mingo roamed freely as a wild mustang. With her striking presence and noble demeanor, she quickly became a beloved figure in the southern area, known for her role as Picasso’s lead mare. For years, she led her band through the rugged terrain, embodying the spirit of freedom that defined the wild mustangs of Sand Wash Basin. Her resilience and determination were evident as she navigated the challenges of the untamed wilderness, always vigilant and protective of her family.

The Capture and Loss of Freedom:

Tragedy struck on the last day of the gather when Mingo, along with her foal Desiree and daughter Moon Shadow, was captured and taken away from her homeland. It was a heartbreaking moment for Mingo and her band, who had fought valiantly to remain free in the face of adversity. Transported to Canon City BLM holding, Mingo’s once boundless world was now confined to a pen, a stark contrast to the vast expanses of Sand Wash Basin where she had roamed for years.

Hero Mare
Photo courtesy of SWAT volunteer Robin Wadhams

The Defiant Spirit:

Despite the loss of her freedom, Mingo’s spirit remained unbroken. When faced with the looming presence of the helicopter, she refused to surrender quietly. Instead, she launched a courageous attack, defending her band with unwavering determination. Her defiance against the forces that sought to control her embodied the indomitable spirit of the wild mustang, earning her the title of the Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin.

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Tribute to Mingo:

Today, we honor the memory of Mingo, the Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who admired her strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit. Though she may no longer roam the open range, her courageous stand against captivity serves as a reminder of the enduring power of freedom and the importance of preserving the wild places that are home to magnificent creatures like Hero Mare – Mingo.

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In Conclusion:

Mingo’s story is a testament to the bond between humans and horses, and the deep connection we share with the natural world. Her brave defiance against captivity serves as a reminder of the inherent right of all creatures to live freely in their natural habitat. .

As we pay tribute to Mingo – Hero Mare, let us also renew our commitment to protecting and preserving the wild spaces where she once roamed, ensuring that future generations can experience the beauty and majesty of the wild mustangs of Sand Wash Basin.

Mingo’s story is one of resilience, courage, and unwavering determination. As a symbol of freedom on the range for 15 years, she embodied the spirit of the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin. Despite facing capture on the last day of the gather, Mingo remained steadfast in her fight for freedom, bravely defending her band against the helicopter’s intrusion.


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Her heroic actions serve as a reminder of the innate strength and resilience of wild horses in the face of adversity. Mingo’s legacy will live on as a testament to the spirit of freedom and the unbreakable bond between these majestic creatures and the vast, untamed landscapes they call home.

In honoring Mingo as the Hero Mare of Sand Wash Basin, we pay tribute to her indomitable spirit and the enduring legacy she leaves behind. Though her physical presence may be gone, her courage and determination will continue to inspire all who hear her story.

Let us remember Mingo not only as a beloved mare but also as a symbol of hope, freedom, and the unyielding spirit of the wild.