Howdy and thank you for checking out my blog. I’m a middle aged fella, I live in west Texas and enjoy spending time with my wife and our dogs. I am a former U.S. Army soldier where I took part in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as part of the 3rd Armored Division (along with two other combat deployments as part of the 1st Cavalry Division), I have also been a detective with the Austin Police Department and a park ranger and wild land fire fighter with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. In addition to all of that, I have been a ranch hand on a 10,000 acre cattle ranch.
For most of my life, I have been a writer in some form or another. I have written magazine and newspaper articles as well as two books. I like to describe my writing style as “relaxed”. When I write a book or article, I want the reader to feel like I’m sitting there talking to them. My first book was a book on hunting on public land in Texas and the second book, currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles as well as CreateSpace, is a collection of humorous stories from my days as a police officer. I have more books coming out and will update as they are completed and released. One of my areas of expertise in writing is taking technical writing and transforming into something that is easier for non-technical people to read and understand.
I am getting a wild mustang to break and train and that is primarily what this blog is about. The reason that a fat, middle aged former soldier/detective/fire fighter/ranch hand is getting a wild mustang is because I’m part of a project with the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Veterans and Mustangs, that takes veterans and first responders with PTSD to get a new mustang and train it. It is one of the many forms of therapy used to help treat PTSD.
The process is two-months long and starts off with a journey from Georgetown, Texas to Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma to select a wild mustang to train. Once each of the six veterans selects a wild mustang, they are loaded up and brought to the Mustang Heritage Foundation Facility in Georgetown, Texas where the training takes place three days a week for eight weeks.
I have severe PTSD and the various side effects. I receive treatment and therapy at my local VA clinic. I am disabled due to three concussions and one traumatic brain injury (TBI) that I suffered while in the army. My appreciation for the Mustang Heritage Foundation can never be accurately stated. There are not enough words or accolades to express my gratitude for this program. The program is not only in Texas, it is in various other states.
I am looking forward to the adventure and chronicling it along the way.
This blog is to chronicle my journey.