Last month’s Bucket Fund suffered a bit because we couldn’t get photos of the Bachelor Band of 8 and the lone Stallion when they were in prison.
The only photos I had were of the young boys when they were free and roaming Steamboat Valley.
But, today I have pics!
WHAT WAS THEIR FATE?
These Bachelor Boys of 8 were an everyday part of the lives of the citizens of Steamboat Valley. The townspeople had watched these horses grow from foals to weanlings and then watched as they were banished into their own little herd.
When the Dept of Ag got them, the town was heartbroken. They sprung into action, trying to find temporary housing, put up fences, gather money for bail and food, set up transportation… everything as fast as possible so that the horses could be saved.
Since The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, always does well by the wild ones and did indeed bail these boys! Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund transported/housed and will continue to feed and train them.
When called upon, I was thrilled to help. The Horse and Man Group donated $905 to feed them once sprung.
As promised, the AWHPC bailed the Band of 8 and the lone (ex)stallion. Yay!
The Band of 8 went to temporary holding while their new digs are being prepared. These 8 will learn some basic rules that will help them in their new environment (haltering, farrier…). Those that seem willing will be given further training and eventually adopted out to vetted townspeople who had come to their aid.
Cowboy, the lone stallion who was rounded up while he was running with cattle, was released into the very large and established herd protected and cared for by the American Wild Horse Preservation Fund.
In this large herd, Cowboy will be able to make friends. It would not have been safe for him to be released into the already established Band of 8 Bachelors. Besides… being in the large herd is more fun, I think, anyway…!
PHOTO JOURNAL OF THE BACHELOR 8 RESCUE AND RELEASE!
THIS IS COWBOY BEING RELEASED
THANK YOU EXPERIENCED HANDLERS!
Thanks to all the experienced handlers who arranged for the safe pickup, trailering and release of these healthy and thriving boys!