Movie Inspires Horse Adoptions
YAKIMA, Wash. - A movie about a wild mustang brought Yakama Nation tribal members out of the reservation and into the majestic theaters in Union Gap on Thursday night.
Famous horses like Sea Biscuit, Mister Ed and Black Beauty have nothing on "Flicka."
She's the horse featured in the film named after her, which opens on Friday nationwide.
However, members of the Yakama Nation got a chance to see the film before anyone else tonight in a special private screening.
The movie is about a teenage girl who adopts and bonds with a wild mustang.
The Yakama Nation's overpopulated herd is interrupting the ecosystem.
And in conjunction with the movie, the horse herd will now be open to adoption by non-indians.
"We felt this is a better way of giving the animal a good home and a good place to go, so that's kind of. There was hesitation at first, but we feel comfortable now," tribal member Shymyaa Washines said.
People who want to adopt a horse can fill out an application and pay a fee of about $100, depending on the horse.
The Yakama Nation manages and protects about 5,000 wild horses on its reservation in Central Washington.