Together again: Captured Mustangs,Galahad and Hope released at 2,000-acre satellite sanctuary – RIGHT NEAR WHERE I LIVE! This is GREAT news!

I saw this story on my local FaceBook feed!  I couldn’t believe it!

The Carlson family of Springs Ranch gave access to Return to Freedom their 2000 acre ranch to house wild mustangs.  (Thank you.)  And last week, Galahad and Hope, who were reunited after 6 years apart, were set free on this acreage, together.

I love this even more knowing this family unit is together in my home town!  I’ll see if I can organize a visit there…

Wow!  Good humans all the way around!  Here is the story.

Together again: Galahad, Hope released at 2,000-acre satellite sanctuary

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Return to Freedom on Wednesday celebrated the release of Galahad and his reunited family band onto RTF’s 2,000-acre satellite sanctuary in San Luis Obispo County.

The chestnut stallion, his lead mare, Hope, and three other mares trotted out of the meadow where they had been getting acclimated to their new surroundings. They paused on a sunny hillside before heading up through the tree line and out onto the great fields of grass and wildflowers beyond.

Galahad earned his name during the Bureau of Land Management’s 2010 Silver King Horse Management Area helicopter roundup. For five hours in the trap pens, Galahad defended Hope, who’d suffered a facial wound, and their colt from other stallions.

Fellow advocate Laura Leigh tracked Galahad and a white stallion, named Silver King after the HMA, to a prison training program. With the help of its supporters, RTF subsequently secured possession of the two stallions and reunited them with their family bands.

Last month, RTF released Silver King’s band at the SLO-Springs ranch, which is owned by the Carlson family. In 2015, as part of RTF’s Wild Horse Conservator Program, the Carlsons dedicated their property to RTF resident wild horses and burros and the private photo safaris and tours that help support them.

Others roaming the hills there include RTF’s Hart Mountain Herd, from Oregon, and Cold Creek Herd, from Nevada – 73 wild horses in all, with the addition of Silver King and Galahad’s family bands – and 16 burros. Galahad and Hope’s son, the all-white Sterling, has been spending his days with the Hart Mountain Herd.

On Wednesday, with a mouthful of grass, Galahad confidently followed his mares into a new chapter for their family band.

RTF’s ability to reunite wild horse families depends on the generous support of its donors. You can help by contributing here.


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Plans, Plans, PLANS!

I started a commercial last week so now I am planning for fencing and shelters and trees!

Below is a pictorial of a few projects in the works…

I’m sure this pic looks like nothing… but it will be something! I tied two twine pieces on these posts because I am going to split this field down the middle. For 48ft of the new middle fenceline, I’m going to create a double fence, 8′ apart, so that I can plant trees inside the paddock. The twine is indicating between which posts we’ll create the tree area. Annie is helping me with this task. Anyway, this will divide Annie/Norma and Dodger so that I can tend to the little ones without Annie acting pouty nearby. Both new paddocks will have a gate that leads to the big 5 acres pasture.

I went to Lowe’s and purchased two trees and a few other plants. I walked around today, trying to make the best placement decisions according to rain, wind, shade and sun.

Here I have two different types of jasmine in my cart. I love fragrant flowers!  Behind them, I have a sage plant that I purchased for Hubby to put in his herb garden.

Scoutypants, the Barn Manager and Floppy kitty were helping.  (Behind the card, right where the big pile of bark exists currently, is where we will plant the Raywood Ash.  It will signify the beginning of the long aisle.  A place to sit in the shade and watch the horses in the lower fields.

I cannot move these big tubs of dirt… so I figured I’d plant them.  They are right in front of the guest bathroom which looks out to the neighbor’s house and a shelter (not pretty). So, I bought these metal sculptures that are meant for climbing plants. I positioned them so that (hopefully) the climbing plants will fill the area and block the view of the shelter and neighbor’s house.

This Raywood Ash is finally about to be planted. I was having a difficult time deciding where, but Hubby and I made a decision today! It will go at the head of the aisle between the two paddocks. We will put a bench under it so guests can sit there and watch the horses (referred to in earlier pic.).

The tiny jasmine tree I planted looks so puny in this big trough… I hope it grows and grows! It was fun untangling the fronds and putting them on this trellis. I put the other jasmine on the trellis next door.

Well, they look kinda puny but it will be nice when they fill in.

And a very exciting project is this area! 335ft of fenceline on the far side behind the big shelter and against the neighbor’s house… I will be planting 29 trees! There is a 12′ width here. The goal is to plant trees and eventually continue this aisleway so that I can work the horses somewhere!  I’m creating a loop system around a few of the paddocks. I cannot wait for the shade trees to arrive!!  (Thank you, MT)

Lastly, here is the shelter on the ground (Thank you, MT) that will be erected for grooming, farrier and whatever else might come up. So excited! it took a few weeks but I’ve decided upon a location for this much needed shelter to tether and tend to horses safely. On the left is Missy Miss Eden, then Wrigley and then MO, watching on the right.


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