April 1, 2021
Working with horses is a lot about body language - communicating without communicating. Me and my Grandmother can do that, and I often know when we’re training what she’s going to do without her saying it.
Ever After Mustang Rescue was established in 2002 by my Grandmother, Mona Jerome. My family helped build the barn from the ground up. It started out housing Mona’s horse and from there, more stalls were added until it became what it is today.
I started taking lessons at 6 years old and from there, the rescue was part of what I did. I’d be at the barn all day, and after my lessons, was an assistant until I turned 18 and could teach lessons on my own. When we started, we took in all breeds. Getting calls from other rescues in New England helped us recognize the large need for mustang rescue and we eventually turned our focus there.
We typically receive the horses directly from the Bureau of Land Management. From there, we train them, get them under saddle and start lessons in hopes that someday they’ll be ready for adoption.
One of the things I love most about what I do, even though my job is helping horses, is the natural way horses help people even if you may not realize you need the help. They help fill some of the voids you didn’t know you had. They also teach you to stay humble. As soon as you feel confident, the horses have a way to remind you you shouldn’t be. Working under my Grandmother’s guidance has been such a privilege. She’s so knowledgeable, caring, honest and as tough as they come.
A lot of people don’t know there's a wild horse rescue in Biddeford, and for a lot of horses we are their last stop on their journey and we become a sanctuary for them. It’s important to know that if anyone wants to learn more, they can call and plan a time to come visit
I hope I can make my Grandmother proud by continuing the work she started. My bigger hope for the rescue is having it stay part of our family for as long as it can. I take my own children and niece with me regularly and I’ve always wanted the rescue to be something the generations in our family share.
- Lydia Studley, Ever After Mustang Rescue