I heard the most wonderful story today! A mustang family reunited after a decade of separation after their roundup.
Well, this heartwarming story comes from SkyDog Ranch and its founder, Clare Staples. Her words are below. (All photos courtesy of SkyDog Ranch. All photo captions were written by Clare Staples.)
This is an amazingly special post for me to write. As many of you know I have been looking for my very first Mustang Buddy’s family, or the closest thing to his family, members of his herd from Little Humboldt, Elko District, Nevada, for many many years. After a lot of time and a lot of determination I finally found three mares from his herd who had been at Indian Lakes Holding facility since they were rounded up. Bringing them together has healed a wound in my heart for the loss that he suffered and I know one hundred percent that I have done everything I can do to get his family herd out of BLM holding and back together with him. I love Buddy so much. He feels like my soul mate and my best friend and he inspired me to save mustangs. For Buddy I will never stop fighting for these incredible horses, raising awareness, trying to educate people about the things they can do to help and to lobby for the SAFE Act to be passed so no more mustangs go to slaughter.
We brought Buddy back up to Oregon this weekend and as any horse person knows introducing horses to each other often involves a lot of squealing, kicking, posturing, chasing, ear pinning…..any of the above and more. But this was such a quiet and beautiful meeting. Buddy has two friends in Hunter and Little Girl and he didn’t want to leave them so I took a chance and followed my gut and turned them all out together. Below are the photographs of Buddy seeing his herd for the first time and approaching them. Silently and sweetly and with so much love and caring and interest. It was everything I ever hoped it would be. And best of all three beautiful mares went from living for years at Indian Lakes to living in the wide open spaces of Oregon with other wild horses the way they were supposed to be. It was magical to me – touching and beautiful and so rewarding. I fulfilled my promise to my Buddy, I found his family and am so happy that he gets to live out his days with them in an environment as close to wild as he can ever know….I am really grateful to Patti Wilson at the BLM holding in Burns for helping me get them to Oregon. We did right by Buddy and I hope he gets to live a long and happy life together forever with his wild family from Little Humboldt…..
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