These gorgeous, big, fat, healthy, wild pregnant mares (and their families: weanlings, yearlings, nephews, nieces, Aunts, lead sire…) are in an extremely precarious position. There are no laws protecting wild horses gathered on State and private lands. These 19 horses, all family members, are headed to Canada or Mexico and I’m not making this up or being an alarmist.
Luckily, the State is willing to wait a few days for anyone to try to place these intact family bands. We have a week to negotiate their release.
Because this has been a dry year, some of the wild horses in the Virginia Range have come too close to the city. They had wandered onto State land because it provided good grazing. Some had wandered onto a nearby private ranch.
All 19 were gathered.
There are 4 pregnant mares in the group plus their weanlings, yearlings, the Stallions, Aunts and Nephews and Nieces.
19 in all. All families. Still together.
Roxanne, Sugarfoot and the other mares are due to foal in April or May.
Adoption is a very distant option for these wild horses in the dead of winter. Luckily, there are Mustang advocates who are racing around today, coming up with a housing plan.
HOW WE CAN HELP SAVE THEM!
The do-gooders on the ground took these wonderful photos and are begging local ranchers to let them temporarily lease ranchland for these horses. The idea is to let the mares foal which will give the do-gooders time to find permanent homes for these two family units.
Let’s ease the workload by greasing the wheels so the ranchland can be more easily procured and so that 6 months of feed can be purchased – enough time for these babies to be born and have a healthy start!
Saving 19 horses, fixing fences, leasing pastures and feeding them all for the next 6 months will cost approximately $6000.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET’S SAVE THESE UNBORN BABIES AND THEIR MAMAS (and their intact family herds!)
I cannot stand the idea of these vital, intelligent, fat and healthy horses going to someone’s dinner plate in Canada or Mexico.
From my heart, Mustangs mean so much… I greatly, greatly appreciate the help!
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