Catherine Zimmerman, 12, will spend the next three months training a two-year old wild mustang as part of the 2015 Youth & Mustang Challenge (YAM).
Rising to the challenge, Catherine, a resident of Morristown, will attempt to establish an enduring bond with a wild animal — in this case a two-year old sorrel mustang mare named Monche.
The purpose of the challenge is to demonstrate that wild horses can be adopted and trained, said Sarah Price, Catherine’s mother, who explained that approximatley 50 wild Mustangs are euthanized each day in order to cull the herd.
The Youth & Mustang Challenge program is administered by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that facilitates adoptions for mustangs and burros. The foundation also sponsors a Trainer Incentive Program, open to children ages 8 to 17.
Students accepted into the Mustang Challenge program have 90 days to gentle and train a previously untouched mustang.