We get so many pleas for help for horses in need but this boy’s story just broke all of our hearts. An incredible lady contacted us trying to get this horse to a new safe and beautiful life after all he had been through. Here’s what she wrote:
“River was adopted from the BLM and ended up in the hands of a Mexican family who used him as a tripping horse. From there he ended up owned by a family whose father would get belligerently drunk and beat the crap out of River. The teenage son walked River to a neighbor’s house and begged an old lady to take him to save him from his dad. The horse has a history of mishandling and severe abuse. Several trainers have tried to get him saddle broke but he is just terrified. After going through yet another home it has been determined River would have a much happier and better life just being left alone. Looking for pasture homes is a scary prospect and at only 14 years old and sound, I fear someone will continue trying to train him with potentially less than gentle methods, as humans get frustrated. River is a sweet boy, and completely gentle and non-aggressive, but he is extremely flighty and can even be impossible to catch for some people. I believe River deserves to be left alone to just be a horse, but finding that home is looking impossible and the owner is getting ready to send him to auction.”
We knew we had to get River so he could start his new life with us in Oregon. He needed sanctuary and a new life full of love, kindness and no demands. After all he has endured to still be kind and gentle is astonishing. This is the type of mustang we started Skydog to save!
We are so grateful to people like the woman who wrote us about River, and to all those who write letters and call rescues and try to help these horses and get their stories out into the world. And especially to the young boy who rescued him from his abusive father to get him to safety — I wish I could hug you. River is safe now. He will never again know anger or abuse. He will live out his days in freedom enjoying nothing but love and kindness and roaming the hills. Welcome home River 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......