This kind of thing just makes my blood boil.
There was a wild horse roundup in New Mexico on Navajo land – that the majority of the Navajo people opposed.
But, it happened anyway (sound familiar?).
Mares and babies were run until they broke or gave up.
The mares were stripped from their exhausted foals and immediately shipped to their unthinkable fate in Mexico.
Left behind were the devastated and terrified babies. Some still sucklings.
20 in all.
3 succumbed before they could be rescued.
5 were lucky enough to be sent to forever sanctuaries upon rescue.
12 remain – too weak to be placed or moved very far. Exhausted, injured, devastated and malnourished. Many of them too young to drink from a bucket or eat solid food.
They need help.
HERE IS THE STORY.
(The full story of the Navajo Rescue and Recovery can be found on the Wild For Life Foundation website here. The unfolding story of the foal rescue can be found on the Lifetime Equine Refuge website linked here.)
OK, well… all I can say is that these poor babies had a little horsegod angel trying to fight against what was happening to them and their mothers.
You see, If there was any luck, it happened the night they were rounded up and separated from their mothers… A passerby saw them, alone in the feedlot pen. This passerby secretly alerted exactly the right people…
Here is the story directly from WFLF:
The Navajo Nation is comprised of over 27,000 miles which spans NM, AZ, CO and UT. The foals were captured along with their mothers during the Navajo roundups in NM. They were immediately separated by roundup rangers.. their mothers were shipped that day for slaughter, the foals were sold as salvage to a local livestock yard. Many of them were just sucklings- too young to even know how to drink water from a bucket. They were severely dehydrated and had sustained many injuries through the course of the ordeal. Three died of complications caused by these injuries within the 1st 24 hours of getting them to the local shelter.
Having been involved behind the scenes in NM, and providing aid for the horses impacted by the Navajo roundups, we got the tip about the orphaned foals by an anonymous party the night they were discovered. I was then requested to get them out of there and get them placed. The foals were discovered at a local livestock pen by a passerby. An anonymous rescue team member fronted the cost to purchase them and they were brought to a local shelter where they were housed and fed while arrangements were made for their transport and rescue out of NM. We have taken precautionary steps to protect the people in the area due to heightened tensions in the area.
WE CAN HELP! – IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE TAKING CARE OF 12 ‘AT RISK/MILK FED’ BABIES…
The babies are safe but not out of the woods.
They need lots of care … and we all know how dehydrated babies tend to crash very, very easily.
Medical care and milk replacer for 12 is a tall order. (Milk replacer is ridiculously expensive.)
So, since we cannot be on the ground fighting the good fight, let’s help those who are helping these babies! The goal is $500 per baby for milk/food and medical attention. Goal: $6000
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