Last month, we were able to raise $3000 for the 19 Wild Horses in 3 different family bands who had been gathered by the State – but were able to be kept together and relocated to freedom – again! Thank you to everyone who prayed, sent hopeful thoughts and who donated!
Four of the mares were pregnant. One gave birth the night she was returned to freedom!
In case you missed the previous post, Rojo’s band has an exciting new home:
Here is this weekend’s update on Rojo’s band.
The group has grown from nine to ten with the appearance of a new foal this past week. From the looks of the mares, there is still one foal on the way.
It looks like these horses will ultimately have a great permanent home. A family in Arkansas operates a country bed and breakfast that includes many acres of grassy, wooded hiking trails. In the past they have taken in Virginia Range family bands that included elderly horses that would have otherwise been difficult to place and for which separation from their family units would have been very stressful. The bed and breakfast and a few horse enthusiasts support this “sanctuary” and the horses attract bed and breakfast patrons, so it’s a symbiotic relationship.
The elder horses previously placed have since passed on due to natural causes and there will be room this spring for some new arrivals. They are willing to take Rojo’s band, keep the family together, and let them live out on the bed and breakfast’s “sanctuary.” Arrangements still have to be finalized but it looks like they will be relocated once the spring grass crop has matured.
We will still need to get Coggins and health certificates for interstate transportation and there will be some shipping costs, but this great outcome for these horses is slowly coming within reach. Thanks to the Johnstons for their interest in taking these horses and to the Drop in the Bucket Fund participants for making these efforts possible!
BOND AND RUSTY’S BAND…
Remember beautiful, Bond?
HERE is a quick note from the rescuers:
We released Bond’s and Rusty’s bands on Monday.
Attaching a couple of photos. They seemed to really like being back out in a natural environment! Kicks and Bucks all around!
The photos are not so great, but you can see that they are again, in fact, free and overlooking the city (They are fenced on a large parcel).
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
Here is our donation receipt!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT THE BUCKET FUND and the MARCH NURSEMARE FOALS!