We learned about Windcross on a previous trip but had to wait due to overbooking of our time. Now we regret that choice. We have three very curious and intense children. To be honest, we were afraid about how they would do in this environment. The moment we watched Ms Lucia take the hand of our youngest I knew we were in good hands. Her calmness and love of those majestic animals seemed to transfer right thru that hand holding. We watched as the children touched, groomed and eventually rode on these wonderful animals that seemed to know a kindred spirit. We spent 30 days and visited six National Parks. These hours spent at Windcross were our most peaceful and connecting. We have since shared with everyone we know heading that way. We will be back and our youngest still remembers how to calm his pony brain as he was taught. :)
This ranch for the preservation of the Spanish Mustangs never ceases to amaze me in the dedication and love given these animals. The time and money the Roda family sacrifice personally is beyond anything I have ever seen. The family and volunteers give their own time to share the story of the horses and the everyday life on this ranch. Their hard work is commendable. I would recommend a visit to Buffalo Gap and this amazing ranch.
My husband and I come to Windcross every May to help out. The knowledge and dedication of the family and the volunteers who come from all over the world is very impressive. You can see how happy the horses are at this place where they get such love and wonderful care. It is a place everyone should visit to appreciate. They cater to all ages.
I am a volunteer with Windcross Conservancy. Over the years I have become very cynical and frankly skeptical. It takes a lot to earn my trust. I am appalled by the lack of value people seem to have for personal integrate. Windcross Conservancy's president Lucia Roda is a breath of fresh air to this tired soul. Her family comes first but after that she is totally devoted to the preservation of the Spanish Mustang. She has personally experience the pain and frustration dealing with unscrupulous people and organizations and is meticulous about absolute transparency.
I can also testify to the endless hours she devotes to the care of the horses, the promotion of the breed and the establishment of programs will assist in their preservation. Her husband and children also contribute many hours towards the operation and sacrifice many things like family holidays in order to make funds available to fill in the shortfall of funding needed to operate the program.
Why is it important to preserve the Spanish Mustang and why the urgency? The Spanish Mustang is a important part of American history. They are the quintessential horse of the Old West. They were the cattle working horses from California through to Texas and north. Much of the modern breed Quarter Horses' ancestry and Pony of America can be traced to Spanish Mustangs.
The Spanish Mustang originated in medieval times. They have both physical and character traits, that are passed on genetically, that have been lost in modern breeding programs; things such as extremely strong feet and legs and conformations which enable outstanding athletic ability. There are less than 300 breeding mares left and the numbers are declining rapidly. Once they are gone we cannot get them back. Windcross Conservancy is racing against time.
I believe that Windcross is an Non Profit that is worthy of peoples' support. It has is important cause and any contributions are used wisely and with the utmost integrate.
This past year has been a real struggle for Windcross Conservancy. The drought last summer inflated the price of hay astronomically high. I know that the Roda family dug deeply into there own personal budget to ensure that the horses were well cared for. It takes incredible dedication to a cause to do without yourself, to ensure that the work goes on. These are people of real integrity and it is so difficult to know how hard they work and not be able to help more. This non-profit works to preserve the gene pool of these amazing horses and a living piece of American and medieval European heritage. If we lose this genetic treasure we will lose both physical and behavioural attributes that are rare in modern breeds. Thank you to the Roda's for their endless work.
Last year I stayed three weeks at Windcross Conservancy helping out with the horses. The Roda's are a great family and everyday I saw and experienced their love and passion for their horses and their work. The horses themselves are great as well: I never met any horses that have such a great and different personality than those. They live in a really nice and big pasture where they can just be horses and they are so friendly to all the visitors. I hope you keep up doing what you're doing for a really long time!
I have spent two summers volunteering at Windcross Conservancy, working with an incredible organization and the fantastic a Roda family, and my experiences have inspired and encouraged me with my passion for horses. Windcross caters for all of the family, and provides an informative, enjoyable experience, which will leave you with fantastic memories, and the want to support the aims Windcross strives to achieve, in protecting the Spanish Mustang, that is so often overlooked as a breed.
I found Windcross Conservancy on a volunteer site, and decided it was the place to see. I was nervous when I first arrived, not sure what to expect, but the family took me in and made me feel right at home. I learnt so much about the history of the Spanish Mustang, and fully intend to spread the word and gain support for Windcross. I had such a fantastic time, I decided to extend my trip and am already planning my next year summer there - it was truly difficult to leave! The people are wonderful, welcoming and amazing friends for life. I spent the whole time I was there laughing and learning - a true life experience. I would recommend Windcross to not only horse lovers but those with a taste for history and blissful scenery. I wish them all the best with their work.
This is my fourth time coming out to Windcross conservancy to volunteer and it has been life changing for me, it has taught me how to be a better horsewoman. The Roda family have taught me so many things over the last three years, they are an amazing family.
What wind cross is doing for the spanish mustang as a breed isn't done anywhere else in the world to the quality it is done here. i would recommend windcross to anyone who wants an educational, fun and personal experience with the spanish mustang.
Windcross is an exceptional organization run by a remarkable family whomb I hold great respect for both professionally and personally . The work the organisation and the family do is fantastic, and I hope and prey for a successful and prosperous future.kind regards and best wishes for the future , the Flynn family.
Having spent a fortnight at Windcross I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience in my life. To see the hard work that is done day after day, witness the problems being overcome and the wonderful way that people can interact with the horses is something that can only be truly appreciated when you come up close with them. Lucia Roda is a very strong person who puts herself out continually and unrelentlessly for this wonderful cause which she supports 200%. I wish her well and she has my continual prayers for a successful future.
This wonderful charity was set up to preserve the Spanish Mustang horses - endangered but some of the most beautiful horses in the world. The organisation is expertly run and the horses are foremost in their thoughts using a lot of their own money to finance it. They raise awareness by holding open days and inviting people along to see their work and taking on internees to help out and in return this gives these people an insight into the hard work that it takes to run Windcross. A well deserved cause run with dedication and love for their work.
I volunteered at the Conservancy for a month. Inside of that month I learned so much about horses and about myself. Working every day with these people and their animals taught me to be flexible, because in life, nothing ever quite goes to plan. It taught me that to be professional and personal is OK. It taught me self respect, because the horses rely on you for relationship just as much as they do from the other horses. To them I was important. It taught me life lessons I could walk away with a better human.
The depth of knowledge and relationship at Windcross that can be explored is endless. The curators are professional without seeming aloof or distanced, and you can ask questions without feeling ignorant. The animals are beautiful and intelligent. The Conservancy is one of those places you can visit and it feels like coming home.
We have supported Windcross Conservancy from its birth and continue to do so. Although previously based in Canada and now the UK with our Spanish Mustangs we pledge support via our Facebook page. Windcross is now THE definitive preserve for the Spanish Mustang by virtue of its modern approach to conservation along with ethical breeding. As the old timer range breeders become a practice of the past Windcross Conservancy forgers ahead in its modernity. Despite the dwindling numbers of this rare breed worldwide Windcross nevertheless erred on the side of caution in this uncertain global horse market and bred no mares for 2014. This is to be commended rather than breeding mares for the sake of numbers. This year they have concentrated on training and projects involving the horses being seen and accessed by the public. Some Windcross bred horses have been sold to excellent homes that will now promote the breed. This is a people-friendly, family focused outfit and we recommend it every time.
AHHC (Europe) for the Spanish Mustang
Windcross Conservancy continues to build on its past successes including adding the best Spanish Mustang bloodlines to its herd thus conserving this critically threatened breed. Yet it also sets a good example to us all by breeding less in 2013 to reflect the global downturn in the horse market. This year more interns and visitors and never a negative comment which has to be the best testimony to their success. I have been part of Windcross since it was launched and as volunteer Campaign Manager for the Spanish Mustang in the Arts am looking forward to our first project later this year - announcement soon! The internet enables such campaigns even although I now live i the UK with my Spanish Mustangs.
This is where Windcross has been somewhat unique to other Spanish Mustang organisations in that it has pioneered the arts too by inviting in artists and photographers. The horses are well-cared for - never go short on hay or feed - and people-friendly as many of the photographs demonstrate on their Facebook page. ......... and it is THEIR page as it is and always will be about the Spanish Mustang horses. As an artist and writer I am delighted to be a part of Windcross Conservancy.
It was my first time in the US and with Spanish Mustangs. Before I came to Windcross, i've never seen a Spanish Mustang and I didn't know much about them, but Lucy and her family taught me a lot about their character, behaviour and their history. I fell in love with these powerful horses and that great project to work at a non profit organization, helping with the daily farm work and training horses. My job as a Volunteer was awesome and I enjoyed these two months I stayed at Windcross! I really hope that I can come back someday to see the Roda family, the two horses I worked with and all the other animals! Thank you for everything :)