Kennedy was rescued from a feedlot in Washington. They weren't sure he was a mustang so we had a vet visit there and check his brand and she confirmed that he was and told us he seemed around 18 years old and was guarded but friendly. We decided to rescue him and bailed him with the help of a private donor. Our ranch manager Jon drove the six hours up to the kill pen to haul him home and we all stayed up to welcome him here.
Kennedy was found to have strangles and influenza so he is still in quarantine but he receives regular vet attention as well as plenty of glove covered pets every day. He longs to get outside and is not enjoying the stall and confinement but we tell him every day that it is better to go through this than where he was heading. He is going to be one special boy when we are able to assess him.
We rescued Otis from a Kill Pen after he went through Eugene Auction - we really thought he would get bought at auction as he is a beautiful broke 18 year old ranch horse who just has the best manners and gorgeous gaits and has absolutely nothing going against him. But sadly it was a cold winter night and turnout was poor and the only person bidding was the kill buyer. We wanted to get him back quickly before he got sick so our trusty ranch manager Jon offered to go up there and we worked with another local rescue who wanted a mare who had also gone through auction - so together we got them both back.
He was a little skinny when he got here and very scared but now Otis has to be the sweetest, most patient, easy going, perfect horse here. And we haven't 100 percent decided if he will stay here as a riding ranch horse or if we will find him a wonderful home at some point. But for now he is living the life, hanging out with some good friends eating some good food and being loved on every day. Otis x
HAILEY AND CASEY
We got a Facebook message from a girl in Kansas who told us a kill buyer had two mustangs he was going to ship in the morning if we didn't save them. She had no photos or descriptions but said to call a man on a number to help them. We did and he said he needed cash before the morning or they would be on the truck. It was kind of miraculous that a group of women in Kansas all rallied to help and delivered him cash and picked up the wild horses and hauled them to us. They were not in good shape. They were both very overweight, which is pretty unusual and both had the worst feet we had seen. The grey mare Hailey was at least handleable and after a couple of weeks we had earned her trust enough to halter her and do her feet. Sadly it wasn't just the length, she had badly foundered and could barely walk. She was going to take months to grow new feet and it would take a lot of work and vet bills on our part to get her to where she is today. She truly is our skydog miracle.
Her friend Casey is the wildest and most reactive horse here and even after months of working with her she literally does things that would definitely hurt her or others unless she is just left alone. We have finally turned her out on a rockier pasture to wear her feet down a little but she will also be run through a chute to trim her feet and vaccinate her come spring. They no longer are together as Hailey was on stall rest for a long time and we felt it kinder to finally let Casey out to run free and be away from the pesky humans she dislikes to much. We love them both and are so happy for Hailey particularly who finally got to be out this week after six months of stall rest x
We first saw Daisy on a Facebook page where the lady who had her was very frustrated that Daisy was not responding to training and she was sending her back to the BLM. Something about her face, the look in her eye and that lead rope still attached to her halter that she had been dragging around for weeks broke our heart. With the help of another girl we adopted Daisy back out of the pens as the rest of her herd had shipped to long term holding without her. This was a horse that wanted to be wild and thank goodness we let her be that way. She has so much space, many friends and plenty of food. She is a big power house of a Utah mustang and we are honored and privileged to be her guardians.
Daisy before and after, she is such a joy to take care of and spend time around but never comes closer than two or three feet. She does love it when you throw her a treat x
T and Swift
One of the most important missions of our sanctuary is to promote adoptions of mustangs out of BLM holding pens. To show people how to go through that process and prepare them for their own mustang we decided to adopt this young mare and foal to film it for a video diary so that people can see exactly how the whole thing works from filling out the paper work to picking the horse up and bringing it home.
We found this photograph of a mare who had just given birth to her foal in a BLM corral in Burns Oregon and chose her to follow through the process of adopting them. The film is currently in production and will be available to view on our website and Facebook very soon.
We were contacted by a rescue who had taken in Sundance after he was found running down Klamath Falls Highway, starved and neglected he was not easy to catch. They asked us to take him as at 17 years old he just couldn't bond or connect with anyone they tried him with and was happiest out on a piece of land being left alone. He is a magnificent mustang. Over 17 hands and with four knee high white socks he looks like a show horse and is so beautiful running around free and wild. He likes to come eat out of our hands but does so with the most stretched neck possible so he keeps as much space as possible between us so he can get away. Nobody is going to catch you again beautiful boy. Stay free.
Sundance is from the Callaghan herd in Nevada....
Jazzy is with us because his owner loved him very much. That is usually not the case with a horse that we take in but his owner contacted us about him. She had rescued him as a foal and pretty much raised him but at two years old he had become a handful and was busting down fences and getting into all sorts of trouble. His owner was getting on in years and didn't feel as though she could handle a young wild mustang but also was devastated at the thought of him getting into the wrong hands and ending up in the slaughter pipeline.
We took him - in a way to remind older people to make provisions for their beloved animals. So many people don't and it is a huge cause of horses ending up at auctions when their families sell them off not realizing the fate that befalls them. We rescued one horse whose owner had raised him since a foal and was now in a hospice and horrified to find out his much loved horse had been sold off by his children and landed in a kill pen. That horse will also live out her life at Skydog. As for Jazzy - he is probably the most adorable, friendly, most human loving mustang we have here. He literally tries to take the muck rake and help out when you are in his pasture. He would live in the house if he could. We keep him right near the barn so he can interact with people as much as possible and we get to give him kisses every day x
Lady Jade is another mustang whom we adopted formally from the BLM to promote adoptions and show people the process of taking in a wild horse. She was 9 months old and amazingly was friendly and handleable from the beginning. She is a south steens filly and her mother was turned back out on the range after having her baby in holding. We hope that Lady Jade will show the beauty of these wild horses. It is our dream that one day every show barn, polo pony barn, hunter jumper barn, arabian barn - that people will see the amazing knowledge to be acquired from adopting a wild mustang and gentling one to learn more about horses in every way. The bond created is so beautiful. If you have the ability to adopt one or rescue one you will never ever regret doing so.
Lady Jade is a South Steens mustang and is now halter trained having had umbilical hernia surgery at Bend Equine and is shortly heading to her new life in California to be an ambassador for mustang adoptions x
Jalapeno was dumped at auction in California and we had no intention of taking another mustang. But we heard that he wasn't titled and wasn't going to be able to run through auction as it is illegal to sell an untitled mustang. Luckily we were in contact with the BLM and they let us take possession of him while we sorted out why he didn't have title. Usually they are immediately returned to the BLM but we were allowed to decide whether to keep him and have titled assigned to us or to return him to Ridgecrest BLM. He was super nervous and unsettled being in a new environment and is an older mustang so we decided to keep him and hopefully find a home for him later down the road when we have title.
Jalapeno has already won our hearts with his escape antics as he didn't realize that he had won the mustang lottery by landing with us in Malibu but he has now settled down into the best citizen and happy resident we have ever had. He is a charmer that's for sure and we have already taken him for a little test ride to check out his riding skill and he is a gorgeous riding horse. If we cannot find him a home then he will go to Oregon to ride fence with our ranch hands or take guests on rides around the ranch.
We first set eyes on Dani California in a video live from an auction in California. She was in an overcrowded trailer shaking uncontrollably with fear and had put her body horizontal across the trailer to keep her friends safe inside. Somehow from seeing a glimpse of that quaking matted mane I had a feeling that was a mustang and that they were coming to Skydog. When I heard she was a branded mustang I didn't hesitate I just wrote on the feed "We will take her". Something in my gut told me she was special and boy is she special. We realised when she got home to us that she was blind in one eye and going blind in the other. She was in quarantine for a month and we weren't sure how she would do when she got out but she has been incredible.
She is sensitive, curious, loving and the most incredible color. Some call her claret or burgundy or just plain purple but she is a truly unique color and is so alert to everyone and everything around her. She nickers more than any of the horses here, usually when she hears a voice or hears the hay shed open. She has the sweetest whinny that comes through her soft velvet nose and never fails to move me. I am so so happy I was watching the feed that day and that we rescued her as she brings the most amount of joy to everyone she meets. She is from Twin Peaks California so when somebody suggested Dani California after a Red Hot Chili Pepper song it was meant to be. She is a runner, a rebel and a stunner as it says in the song. And we love her for it.
All we could see of Chesney was a scared eye peering out of a horse trailer. We didn't know his age or his temperament or really his color or height but we started fundraising for him. He turned out to be the most incredibly well mannered gentleman of a horse I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He is 22 and beautiful. When we got him home we had the vet give him his shots and we wormed him and while she was there the vet looked at his feet. They were possibly the worst feet we have ever seen and she said that he must have been standing in piss and poop for months on end in a small space. His frogs peeled back to reveal huge holes and he had white line disease and the worst thrush. The smell from his feet was really terrible.
But even with the discomfort he must have been in he stood and let everybody work on his feet and never once complained or grumbled. He is a true angel. He really deserves to find a loving forever home and is one of only a very few horses that would be available for adoption to the perfect person. If we can't find that then he will just be ridden by us so that he stays in riding shape and retains his incredible ground manners. We hope that somebody will fall in love with him just like we have and that he can live a long and happy life with his own special person.
Little Marvyn is only three years old. We just cannot figure out why he was dumped early in the morning at a meat auction in California. He is handsome and sweet and somebody has obviously put a lot of time into him to train him and work with this boy. He is just a lover, an easy keeper and moves our beautifully and does everything asked of him as he is eager to please. He lives at Skydog Malibu in a paddock with Chesney and they love running the hills together. Of all the horses we have he deserves a forever home - when his quarantine is finished we shall look into finding him his person and if not he can stay with us and be loved on forever by our volunteers and visitors.
Usually these horses have cheap rope halters on but Marvyn arrived in a nice looking turquoise halter so it makes us feel he was loved at one time and taken good care of.
We were sent a Craig's List advertisement for a blind appaloosa and we were so touched and the photograph broke our hearts so initially we posted it to see if we could find Sierra Mist a good home. After chasing down several leads we were sure somebody would take her and there was a deadline looming so we took her to get her safe while we continued looking for a home for her When she got to us though we realised she was such a special horse that although she isn't a mustang she needed to stay here Sierra is completely blind but is smart as a button and manages to get around her paddock with the help of her new friend Sarge who helps her as her seeing eye horse.
Sarge loves his pasture by the barn and had never wanted anyone to share it with him even though we tried putting several different mares with him, he would push them off food and eventually chase them away. But when we put Sierra in with him he was a changed horse. He is tender, sweet and even shares his hay which is unheard of from the grumpy old boy. Somehow horses know and feel so deeply and Sarge rose to the occasion for Sierra like the champ we knew he was.
These are just a few of the Mustangs we have brought to the ranch, there are so many more that need a safe environment to live in.
Check back soon and meet other rescued horses and please donate to help us save more mustangs. Over 150,000 American horses are shipped to Mexico and Canada every year and killed in the most inhumane and brutal painful way imaginable - stop the slaughter by lobbying your congressmen to Pass The SAFE ACT......