The last minute Bucket Fund horses for July are the almost extinct Greek Skyros horses who are in peril right now due to the Greek economic crisis. (You can read their story here.)
The Skyrian horses are an ancient working breed whose DNA doesn’t match any other breed in the world. For thousands of years, the wild horses would come down into the townships during harvest season, meet up with farmers and exchange work for food. After the farmers had finished their work, they let the now plump wild horses loose to go back into the mountains.
Symbiotic for thousands of years.
After automation came to Skyros in 1950, there was no longer a use for the Skyros horse and their numbers dwindled. In 1970, a few humans took note and started to protect the few horses that were left.
It is astounding and heartbreaking to know that after more than 40 years of serious breeding, there are still only 120 Skyrian horses on the island of Skyros.
On Corfu, there are another 30. There is a satellite herd in Scotland of 30.
And now they are in a huge fight to survive during the economic crisis in Greece.
We have figured out a secure way to get their caretakers hay and supplies (their bank accounts are frozen) to make sure this priority herd survives and no genes are lost due to human money matters.
If you have ANY Starbucks money or car seat change, please please send it to these wonderful and mighty horses who once carried Achilles into battle!
The whole goal of the Drop in the Bucket Fund is to collect any amount and put it into one bucket and watch it grow! We have only a couple of days left! Thank you in advance!
CAN WE IMPORT A VERY SPECIAL HERD TO THE US – AND HELP THE NUMBERS GROW?
It has been suggested that a satellite herd in the USA would be a boon for the breed. As it stands, if there was an equine blight in Europe, it could wipe out the entire stock of Skyros horses.
There is a woman in Australia who is trying to raise the funds to import a small herd…
But why not in the USA?
If any Greek Ex-patriot, or anyone … really… who would love to help save a dying breed of very rare and ancient genetics, please email me. I know how to do it (export/travel/import/quarantine/medical attention/housing/breeding/maintenance) and our Foundation would make any donations a 100% tax deduction. If there was a single donor, we’d honor that huge gesture. Please forward!
These horses are ‘sharp as whips’, have an affinity for humans, love to train kids how to ride and are study and very hearty. Win-Win…
Horsefly Films has donated 10 of their beautifully shot, informative and Award winning Rare Equine Trust film, ‘OF GODS AND KINGS, THE SKYROS HORSE’ for this Bucket Fund!
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