February Bucket Fund: She looked fine this summer… but now CALLIE, a lead mare, IS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. Her Wild Horse mentors think it is her teeth. LET’S HELP THIS BEAUTIFUL WILD MARE get back on her feet so she can RETURN to her wild family to continue to guide them!

We can make a HUGE difference for this wild mare.

Sometimes it happens.  A fit, older, lead wild mare will be fine in the summer and then fail to thrive during winter.  Sometimes Mother Nature takes her course.  However, with Callie, the Virginia Range wild horse advocates, Least Resistance Training Concepts Wild Horse Mentors,  think it is her teeth, and a fixable issue.

Callie is very well-known, matriarchal and loved.  She has raised several foals (her last in 2017 – Marlene) and has survived for 20+ years in the wild, directing her herd and having a great impact on their survival.   Callie is such a vital member of her band, LRTC wants to do the very best for her.

But helping a wild horse isn’t simple or easy… LET’S HELP LRTC HELP CALLIE.

We can really make a difference for her! 

All donations are 100% tax deductible.   Any amount is greatly appreciated because it all adds up for Callie.  THANK YOU!

With your donations, LRTC will give Callie a thorough medical work over, a full dental, she will be blood tested and fed well.  Once she has gained weight, Callie will be re-released with her family band to continue her reign.

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Callie today. She was successfully loaded and brought to LRTC for immediate care.  She sees the vet on Friday. For now, Callie is receiving plenty of warm, soft foods.

Callie just needs help to get back on her feet to rejoin and help lead her wild herd.


From her caretakers:

“Callie was originally with the Gabe band, had a foal in 2017 named Marlene.  In the summer of 2017 her band was stolen by Merric.  They traveled between the Meadows near Reno up to VC Highlands.  In July of 2019 Merric became injured, probably by the stallion Homer who had been injured himself the previous summer and recovered.  Both injuries to their legs.  Homer stole his band and Merric was monitored and recovered slowly through the summer.  He never did steal back his band of mares.  In December of 2019 Callie was found alone or eventually with the bachelor Buster.  Buster always seems to get the old or sick mares. She appeared very under weight and had a smell about her.  With the help of the range manager she was treated with antibiotics and picked up by TLAR and brought to the Diffenbaughs for treatment and to hopefully gain weight.  They said she spit out her hay indicating her teeth were the issue…..”

“Callie is a Virginia Range mare that is believed to be in her 20s.  Several of these horses show a mix of appaloosa and roan characteristics as does Callie.  This past year, the volunteers of the Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association, the group that monitors the horses in the Virginia City Highlands, noticed that she was declining rapidly and had become disassociated with her historic family band.  A local resident who had domestic horses managed to get her into a corral and the volunteers were authorized to pick her up.

This was a photo taken on the actual day they were going to pick up Callie last week.

The Technical  Large Animal Rescue Team run by Least Resistance Training Concepts was rounding up wild horses that had wandered into the Fire Department Training Center in downtown Carson City when the request came in to pick up Callie.  She was transported to a Foster caregiver and stabilized.

Callie is scheduled for a complete dental examination by Dr. Sean Peck, a veterinarian experienced in working with wild horses.  She will have to be anesthetized so that any serious dental issues can be addressed.  Assuming that she starts to regain her weight, the volunteers will seek authorization to return her to the range.”

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Callie, an important older member of her herd, in June on the Range.  She was starting to show signs of teeth issues.



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