There is nothing more American than baseball and wild mustangs. As a result, the New York Mets teamed up with Seraphim12 Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Locust Valley, NY to help preserve and Protect the Nation’s wild horses and burros.
Fans were greeted by two wild mustangs at the front entrance of Citi Field for the Mets second annual “Hooves on First” Day courtesy of the Horse Tenders Mustang Foundation on September 25th as the “Amazings” hosted a home game against the Miami Marlins.
Congress declared, “wild horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene” back in 1970.
“Hooves on First” was created, not only to “celebrate America’s iconic wild horses,” but to raise awareness of their abuse and government mismanagement on public lands by allowing “both human and horse to unite in sharing mutual benefits of emotive healing, comfort, and security.”
“The horses at the game were just part of a team used in rehabilitation and self-discovery exercises with women, families, and specialize in working with military members transitioning back to civilian life,” noted Seraphim12 founder Manda Kaliman, 52, who runs the organization from her home on Long Island’ north shore, which helps provide funding to rescue groups and emergency “hay banks.”
She also thanked David Katz, a member of the Mets’ board for helping organize the event.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to connect New Yorkers and Mets fans with the living symbols of the American spirit - the Mustang. The independent spirit of the Mustang, like that of all Americans, is something to celebrate. We, the people, need to work together to keep the Mustang living wild and free, to help us keep our connection to nature.”
To learn more about the Seraphim12 Foundation, please visit www.seraphim12foundation.org
Note: In case you are wondering, the Mets overcame Marlins in 12th with a single by Travis d'Arnaud. Final score Mets 1, Marlins 0.