I was trying to figure out how to layout this story… and I decided to do it with photos.
But first, here are links to the incredible SkyDog Sanctuary. Website. Facebook.
For those of you who may be just tuning in, I had the good fortune to be able to release my three mustangs, (The ‘Stang Gang – Remi, Rojo and Sam), onto SkyDog’s 9500 acres Wild Mustang sanctuary. Remi, Rojo and Sam had been with me for 8 years. They were all from different wild bands, but they became tight as glue at my Grass Valley ranch. When we moved to Paso Robles last year, our new property was not set up for horses – much less wild horses – and my mustangs were miserable. So, I pleaded with SkyDog to take my three wild ones, and much to my surprise, our wish was granted. Now they are free, again, and happy.
MY VISIT – 11 MONTHS LATER!
This visit was the (almost) year anniversary of Rojo, Remi and Sam’s release to SkyDog (linked here).
REMI AND ROJO!
Skydog had kept Remi, Rojo, Sam and their band in a 50 acre pasture, so that I would have a better chance of finding them during my visit – which was very nice of them… And, once I entered the designated (gorgeous) 50 acre pasture, I called and Remi came right over. It was as if no time had passed… just like old girlfriends. I was filled with emotion. I love her and miss her but was thrilled that she lives here and is free.
SLIGHT INTERMISSION… Sam.
At this point, I had an apple – so I ventured up into the trees to commune with Sam. She watched me arrive and just stood there.
Interestingly, Rojo and Remi came up too, but none of the others. Not even Foxy! And even more interestingly… I had an apple, yet Rojo and Remi didn’t harass me for it. They kept their distance. I couldn’t believe they gave us space!
I was able to sit on the ground and give Sam the time to come over and eat the entire apple, bit by bit, with me. She smelled my hair and rubbed her face on my cheek. I drunk her in.
There were no photos, but I will never forget those moments. So sweet.
SOME OF THE OTHERS! – and I’ll come back to the ‘Stang Gang…
I wanted to see some of the other horses up at Skydog – and I needed to get my phone that was charging in the barn – so we left these guys for the time being. Here are shots of others…
WONDER WRANGLER JON AND I LET THE ‘STANG GANG OUT onto the 9500 acres!
Jon asked if I wanted to watch my horses be let out onto the 9500 acres… SURE! So we raced back up to the 50 acre pasture where they were, and opened the gates! It took a bit of convincing, but once they realized that we were letting them back out, they took off!
I DOUBT THERE IS A HUMAN MORE GRATEFUL TO SKYDOG SANCTUARY THAN ME. HEART IN MY HANDS, CLARE, HEART IN MY HANDS.
I so admire what you have done with your Mustangs. It brought tears to my eyes and I seriously doubt if I
could have been as strong as you. They all looked so good and healthy. To one very strong little human.
I am probably more vulnerable since I recently lost my two German Shepherd house dogs. This is one big lonely house without them.
You did good!
Oh Dawn how I have waited for this post.
As tears fill my eyes, I am so happy to read this good news!
The pictures sure tell it all, when Remi smelled your hair was most touching.
Freedom yes freedom for all.
So happy for you and the stang gang!!!