Susan Shields & Prairie Fire

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Susan Shields, a little girl who never lost her love for horses, even as a middle age woman! Whether it's a rodeo, barrel race, saddle club, parades, 4-H, Pony Club of America, gymkhanas, horse shows, trail riding, gathering cattle, or just practicing to be a better rider. Anytime on the back of a horse, is a good time to be had", according to her. Susan says the trick for her, as a trainer, is to get into the horse's heart and head. That is how to determine the best technique in asking a 1200 pound (or more) critter to give you all they have..... Willingly and with respect.....provided it was given to them Most Rescue Horses usually come with more unique circumstances. The uncertainty of safety and stability, are usually the key factors in understanding their fears. Never knowing where you will be next, the culture you will be placed in, and the kind of living conditions there will be, is something that Susan feels she can relate to Rescue Horses. Having grown up as an Army dependent, she remembers how she felt every time she had to pack up and move again, having fear of the unknown. Horses were the one thing that was always in her life, and they gave her the kindred spirit of belonging and usefulness. Recognizing how her insecurities of life were fear based, has given her the compassion to be a patient and respectful trainer, offering discipline, with a soft, but firm hand. As a trainer, she believes it is especially important, to develop the beauty of their individual spirit, giving them pride in every little success. Every horse Susan has encountered has taught her far more than she feels she ever taught them.


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Rescue: Drifter's Hearts of Hope

Prairie Fire was part of a serious rescue case involving 13 neglected horses in Casper, Wyoming. She was living with foals, geldings, and even stallions in less than adequate conditions on a facility that appeared no better than a junkyard filled with horses. Pens were small, filled with dangerous and potentially life threatening objects such as sheet metal, barrels, and wire, some of it barbed. Shelter was nonexistent. She has been completely rehabbed and ready to move on to training. 

Find out more about Drifter's Hearts of Hope Here