Transport the Gila Herd to California

by Return to Freedom Inc. , (DBA) American Wild Horse Sanctuary Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California
Transport the Gila Herd to California

Summary

Return to Freedom has stepped up to take 112-strong Gila herd. They are part of about 900 horses that the State of South Dakota found neglected and impounded on a property in Lantry, S.D. They have survived blizzards and freezing temperatures that covered their winter coats with ice for weeks, even months on end. After traveling more than 1,200 miles from South Dakota to a temporary staging area in Nevada, they are receiving health assessment and care before continuing another 219 miles to CA.

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Challenge

112 wild horses, descendants of the Gila herd, are part of about 900 horses that the State of South Dakota found neglected and impounded on a property in Lantry. They have survived blizzards and freezing temperatures that covered their winter coats with ice for weeks, even months on end. After traveling more than 1,200 miles from South Dakota to a temporary staging area in Nevada, some arrived wild-eyed, with the shadows of their ribs showing through their fur and hooves grown long and curled.

Solution

RTF is taking on responsibility for the Gila herd. It numbers 112 horses -- including pregnant mares ready to give birth in the coming weeks. They have been loaded into trailers and trucked more than 1,200 miles from South Dakota to a temporary staging area in Nevada where they could be wormed and vetted before continuing on to pastures in California. As soon as the horses are ready, they will be moved again: 219 more miles, over the Sierra Mountains to pastures in Northern California.

Long-Term Impact

Providing for the lifelong care of wild horses is an arduous undertaking. We've secured a location in Northern California, where 1,800 acres of green grass and a lake await them. It is a beautiful place, and we're excited for the horses to see it after all they've experienced. To give the gift of life to these special animals, RTF will be assessing the Gila herd's viability for a conservation program and identify the bonded horses and harem bands eligible for adoption to forever homes.

Resources

http:/​/​returntofreedom.org
Return to Freedom's website about the Rescue

Organization Information

Return to Freedom Inc. , (DBA) American Wild Horse Sanctuary

Location: Lompoc, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​returntofreedom.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ReturnToFreedom
Project Leader:
Andrea Wogsland
Lompoc, CA United States
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