On Christmas Eve, I posted about the “Miracle For the Holidays”. This was when Jill Starr from Lifesavers and Madeleine Pickens saved 235 of the Pyramid Lake horses who were destined to ship out the very next day. Wonderful! Here is a link to that story… Lifesavers also saved 48 momma and baby pairs.
What I didn’t tell you about were the ORPHAN FOALS from those auctions.
There were orphan foals. Orphan foals had their mothers ripped from them.
Below is the unspeakable fact that is rarely admitted…
Mares that have babies old enough to be humanely weaned (3 months +) are stripped of their babies and driven through the Auction.
The remaining shocked and upset ‘orphan foals’ are then put into a holding pen where they are either bought by kill buyers to fatten up and slaughter in a few months… or someone saves them.
Ugly, awful and true.
SOMEONE SAVED THEM!
There is an Equine Angel out there who was informed of the orphan babies at the auction. OMG. There were 22 newly torn from their now forever gone Mamas who were standing in an open pen, shivering with fear, in very inclement weather.
The Equine Angel went crazy working on raising funds to pay the auction house for the babies. She had 48 hours and she did it!
But, those babies were given only 24 hours to be moved out of the auction yard. Once again, the Equine Angel moved in and had the babies secured in a temporary holding facility a short distance from the auction house.
REALLY BAD WEATHER
As you may have heard on the news — or perhaps you lived it like we did – the weather on the West Coast during that period (Dec 21-27) was terrible and record breaking. The winds, rain and snow were at epic levels.
No matter the weather, those babies had to be moved. They had to be moved out of the temporary holding facility and over the Sierra Nevada mountain range into California. Yikes. This was next to impossible. No one in their right minds would trek over those mountains during blizzard conditions.
But, it had to be done.
A WHOLE TROOP OF ANGELS
In a feat blessed by the Gods of Horses, somehow, enough wonderful people got together and got it done! If you can imagine, the ONLY break in the weather happened on Christmas night…
Here is a quote from the Equine Angel:
There were many “angels” involved in the rescue of this precious cargo (babies) – people who gave up holiday time with their families, who volunteered their time/talent, who braved wintery conditions, endured long drives, etc. All they asked was that their costs be covered. They willingly provided their services in order to get the foals to safety, going on blind faith that they would be taken care of in the end.
EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE
In case you haven’t heard of Emergency Animal Rescue, here is their link. These wonderful people help out in emergencies, just like they say they will. And, if you can believe this, the Director of EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE drove 1200 miles, on Christmas, to save these babies and move them out of Nevada, over the mountains to California.
WHERE DID THE FOALS END UP?
Of course, the Equine Angel had to find several rescues to take on that many babies at once. Luckily, her good relationships allowed her to secure 7 Rescues who were willing to help on short notice and during the holidays… Here is a quote:
The foals went from the auction house to a layover (private, rented
corrals) in Fallon. When the weather cleared for a day, 6 were delivered
to Hooves & Angels (rescue #1). During a subsequent clearing in the
weather, 16 were transported (in 2 loads) to a lay over in Sacramento
Sunday, Pregnant Mare Rescue (rescue #2) picked up 4 foals at Shiloh. Monday, 12 foals
were transported to 4 rescues (High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary, Under the Angels Wings Rescue, Serenity Center for Change & Villa Chardonnay – Horses with Wings).
LET’S HELP THOSE THAT HELPED THESE BABIES!
So, our Bucket Fund for January goes to these orphan foals. I would like the HORSE AND MAN GROUP to help repay the angels for their selfless commitment to help these babies. And, I’d like to help feed these babies. I’d like to support the rescues who participated in housing these babies and who are also dedicated to teaching them manners and horsey etiquette so that they may later be successfully adopted into forever homes.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE BABIES AND THOSE THAT SAVED THEM
Click here to donate to our January Bucket Fund, the PLR orphan foals! They deserve a great, full and healthy do-over after such a horrifying beginning.