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.
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.
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.
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