FamilyHorses.net is a website run and maintained by April Lee with the sole purpose of gentling American Mustangs through the Trainer Incentive Program and finding suitable adopters for them. We are located on 3 acres in Littlerock, CA (near Palmdale).
April has been involved with horses since the age of 13 when her father purchased a green broke unregistered Arabian mare including saddle and 2 bridles for $400.00. Being new to the horse world neither knew this wasn’t a good idea. With persistence and lots of hard work April cultivated a relationship and developed the mare into a mount that was suitable for the youngest of riders. In 1997 April purchased a 1 month old Quarter Horse filly, Who Dat Smokin, from local breeder Wendy Freeman. Drawing on her previous experience and utilizing only Pat Parelli’s ”Natural Horse-man-ship” book as a guide,that filly grew into a beautiful mare. With time she was able to ride bridleless on the trail ponying young horses. Who Dat still resides in Shadow Hills, CA where her sole purpose in life is to teach riders as young as 3 confidence and independence with horses.
April spent several years reselling horses under the business name “Equine Acquisitions” with her long-time friend Adrienne Gendot. April and Adrienne would obtain horses that needed training, fitting and/or just plain good marketing and resell them. While Equine Acquisitions was never operated as a rescue we did frequently obtain horses from local auctions in addition to obtaining them from private individuals. Operating under Equine Acquisitions April and Adrienne were able to separate themselves from the stigma of being a “horse trader” as horses were always represented with honesty and integrity.
Having evaluated thousands of horses and working personally with well over 100 April was looking for a new challenge. What better challenge than an American Mustang. In August of 2009 she adopted her 1st mustang, Tabasco, from the Ridgecrest Corrals. She soon discovered his natural disposition and curiosity lent him more towards cooperation than resistance and he proved to be no greater challenge than any other domestic horse. A year or so later April applied for Mustang Heritage Foundations Trainer Incentive Program. She was accepted based on the application and references she provided. In January 2013 April picked up her first TIP horse, Biscuit, from the Ridgecrest corrals. What started as a goal to find homes for four horses in 2013 has become so much more. The response was overwhelming and April now has a newsletter so that everybody can stay updated. Her goal now is to continue to find adoptive homes for these mustangs as long as there continues to be a demand for them.