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Stevens County woman and her two horses head out on a long adventure

Karen Hardy and her horse
Courtesy of Karen Hardy
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Karen Hardy, here with Willy the Red-Headed Stranger, wants people to consider adopting horses now held in federal custody.

Karen Hardy is on a 100-day ride to call attention to the plight of wild mustangs.

Chewelah resident and cowgirl, Karen Hardy, is setting off on a 1,400 mile ride. She left Spokane recently for Moab, Utah to bring awareness of wild mustang adoption.

Riding 20+ miles a day on the back of a horse is the best way to travel, she said.

‘I just sit up there all day long and I smile and I wave. And someday when I write my memoir it’s going to be called “Between Their Ears”. Because that’s my focal point, is my horizon is…the bottom of my horizon is two little ears," she said.

Hardy started her journey riding Willy the Red-Headed Stranger and she has brought along Marvel, who’s star on his forehead looks like a superhero shield. Both of her horses were wild mustangs that she adopted.

She is riding to raise awareness about the captive mustangs that need to be adopted in the Bureau of Land Managements holding facilities.

“The only way out of holding for these Mustangs is to be adopted by a US citizen. They are America’s horses, they belong to America and Americans have to adopt them. But the BLM hasn’t done a great job of, they’ve done a great job of rounding them up, they haven’t done a great job of getting them out of holding.”

There are over 30,000 mustangs waiting to be adopted according to Hardy. She says they make great horses for folks and she is out to prove it with her long ride.

The mustang and cowgirl encounter smiles and waves as they ride. Today a friend stopped by and dropped off a case of PBR for her. Hardy rides the horses 20 miles a day for three days and then they rest a day – using the U.S. Cavalry schedule for keeping horses fresh.

To learn more about adopting wild mustangs click here.