chief and hawk
We were contacted by the BLM corrals about a young horse who was going to have to be euthanized. He had a severe leg injury and was not getting any better from it. We drove up to take a look and see if there was anything we could do to help him. He had been put in a small pen with another injured horse who did seem to be doing better. They were both young, only 2 and 3 years old, and were rounded up last October from Warm Springs. The two were so bonded however and never left each other for one second. With all the noise and commotion of a working corral with over 800 horses in it they were both very spooky and moved constantly due to the stresses.
One of the hardest things to do is to spend time with a horse, look into their eyes and then walk away knowing their immediate fate. We wanted to take these lost boys and help them, gentle them so we could treat their injuries and do whatever we could to get them well.
We have seen incredible cases of stallions in the wild with serious breaks and fractures managing to heal and live long and happy lives, albeit with a mangled leg. Compared to that this boys injury was not that bad. He was not ready to go to heaven and we believed we could help him. And we wouldn’t dream of taking him without the friend he was so dependent on. So we brought both of them home to Oregon.
The roan we named Hawk and the appaloosa is Chief. We had the vet out and Hawk had x-rays, luckily there was no fracture. He had had a wound that got infected in the corrals, and sadly it went into the joint and fused the bone. He will never be able to walk perfectly but we and our wonderful vet are hopeful that he can live a pain-free life and manage his injury. He has such fight for life and a will to live and we are continuing to give him every chance to do that. His friend Chief was gloriously happy and ran around bucking and jumping for joy - which to be honest is his reaction to most things in life xx
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......