10-18-14

We would like to introduce you to the 14 wild horses that came from the prison.  They are all settling in and getting used to the routine at the shelter.  Again we would like to thank everyone who donated to make rescuing these precious lives possible, saving them from being sold at a slaughter auction.

This beautiful boy is Comet, a 6 year old gelding.

Pisces is a 4 year old mare.

This handsome guy is named Avatar, and he is a 7 year old gelding.

Sienna is a beautiful 3 year old mare.

Savannah is a very cute 3 year old mare.

Ranger is a good looking 7 year old gelding.

Autumn is a 4 year old mare.  We couldn’t help but notice that when we took the photos that Autumn had something around her right rear leg.  We found it odd as she was a wild horse rounded up by Nevada.

When we were worming the horses, we sedated her and laid her down in the specially padded squeeze chute.  We found the round ring to be some odd heavy rubber ring around her hind leg.

After cutting it off it was found to be a 2 1/2″ rubber gasket.  Who knows how long it’s been on her leg!  Just as it’s important to keep our oceans clean for the sea life, it’s so important to keep our wilderness and range lands clean for the wild animals there.  She is very lucky it wasn’t smaller or it would have caused her a lot of damage as she grew.  Most likely she stepped into it when she was a youngster, and it got stuck above her hoof.

This cute girl is named Prairie and she is 3 years old.

Dawn is a 4 year old mare.  Dawn had a weird clump of yucky looking stuff in her forelock.  She also seemed to have some nasty stuff on her skin hiding behind her forelock.

When she was in our padded chute we found out what it was: nasty clumps of dried blood.

We began cleaning it up and found that she had a nasty injury to her head that probably happened during the roundup or at the prison.

As we began cleaning it up, we found giant puss pockets in her forehead.  Putting a little pressure on her forehead, puss began oozing out.

Thanks to our padded chute we were able to get her all cleaned up and medicated.  There is no way we could have treated her without our chute.

Ruby is a beautiful 4 year old mare.

Forest is a great looking 4 year old gelding.  He was a lot more relaxed seeming than the other horses and didn’t seem to have much fear in his eyes.

After a little bit he allowed Kirsty and Tawnee to approach him and scratch his neck and head.  He has definitely had human contact before.

Dalia is 3 year old mare, she isn’t the most photogenic horse around, but she is cute in person.

Dakota 3 year old mare who is a beautiful strawberry roan.

Rain is a pretty 3 year old mare.

Nevada Wilds – Wild Horse Photography posted up about these horses.  We are thankful that they are safe and that they didn’t go to the Fallon slaughter auction.  They are only safe from that horrible fate because you donated to make it happen!  You can see their post by clicking here.

 

   Thank you all for your support!

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10-14-14

Tuesday morning the trailers were hooked up and ready for a big adventure that would take all day.

The rescue rigs were driving to Nevada to rescue 14 horses who were in prison on death row.

These horses were rounded by up the state of Nevada, not by the BLM.  They were then brought to a prison that has a horse facility.  If we didn’t rescue them, they would have been sent to death row, aka slaughter auction.  These horses were not in any BLM training program, and were not in the BLM program at all.  They were owned by the state of Nevada.

The prison does not allow any media or photos being taken on prison property, but after the horses were loaded and taken off the prison property we photographed them in the trailers.  They were wide eyed, confused and frightened.  Each one of them have a recent freeze brand, N, on their rumps.

Some of the horses had a look of hope and curiosity instead of fear.  We tried to tell them everything was going to be OK, it was just going to be a bit of a drive before they could get out of the trailer again.

The rescue rigs finally arrived at the California Agriculture Inspection station near the border.  We really wish the borders were patrolled this closely going out of California, it would really prevent a lot of horses getting slaughtered.

All our paperwork was in order: brand inspection, health certificates and coggins.

Inside the office each paper had to be stamped, then the rescue rigs headed on to the shelter.

Back at the shelter, Sugar was getting ready to get thorough documentation of her hooves and her first therapy trim.  Poor little Sugar, it is so difficult for her to move with her extremely overgrown hooves.

They are so long and so uncomfortable for her.

Our farrier got to work trimming them and getting them better.  Sugar was so good and stood so calmly for the farrier.  She was probably thinking “Someone is finally caring for my poor sore hooves and legs!”  We were somewhat surprised on how good Sugar was being for the farrier.  We were told by her previous owner that the reason her hooves were so long is she is horrible for the farrier.  Obviously, that was not reality.

Sugar even let our farrier use the grinder and stood there like a little saint.

At the end of her first therapy trim her eyes were soft and a look of hope had taken over her face, she realized she was finally going to get the care she so desperately needs.

The rescue rigs arrived safely at the shelter.  The horses no doubt were curious about their new surroundings, and all the horse sounds and smells.

One by one they came out of the trailers.

They then headed into their quarantine holding pen where they will be able to calm down and relax for a few days, getting used to the humans at the shelter.

Russ checked on the horses after dark and they were all doing well.  You can see their eyes glowing in the background.

We would like to thank everyone who donated to help rescue these 14 horses from death row in prison!  We can’t possibly thank you enough.  If you haven’t donated and would like to help, we could definitely still use some more help for the precious horses.

Please help!
Credit Card: www.horsehumane.org
PayPal Email: donate@horsehumane.org
PayPal Link: http://bit.ly/1obncrM

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