Brynna

 

UPDATE: Brynna, now named Kat, is living the life every wild horse dreams of at Skydog Sanctuary. After months of discussion, Skydog agreed to give life long sanctuary to this very special mare. She is thriving, and even has a boyfriend!

After a year of trying, and working with several trainers, we realized that she was never going to accept fully being domesticated.  Can’t say that we blame her. Not having the land necessary for a wild horse to live out its life on, with the primary concern being able to keep their hooves at a healthy length, we’re very grateful to Skydog for giving her a chance. After being captured at 8 months old, kept in a metal pen for FIVE YEARS, she is now doing what she should have been allowed to do the whole time…..being a horse.

When she arrived: Brynna is a BLM Mustang. She was captured when she was under a year old and is now 6. She has been living in a government holding facility this entire time. Brynna is very wary of humans, and has been the most challenging Mustang so far. We are hopeful that we can work successfully with her and help to create a rewarding life for her. Brynna is not available for adoption at this time.

The Yakima Four

     

On the Yakima Indian Reservation, as on all Reservations, the US Government has little or no sway on tribal decisions. This is good, but bad at the same time. For the horses anyway….

Once rounded up off of a Reservation, Mustangs are not protected. They can and are shipped directly to Canada for slaughter in many cases. No notice, no auction – just shipped. We are very fortunate that we have several “watchdog” groups who are concerned and are actively negotiating with tribes for the purchase and saving of these Mustangs. The members of these Watchdog Groups vary and are committed as a whole to work diligently to preserve these Mustangs. Many of the most hard working members are tribal members and living on the Reservations.

Of the 51 Mustangs captured on this day, we were only able to take four.  Hence,  “The Yakima Four”.  Driving away from there that day with only four in my trailer was one of the saddest and most shameful moment of my life.  Why couldn’t I take all 51? Why leave 47 behind ?….to a fate I can only toss and turn about for too many nights to mention. I guess I could pull on the Starfish Fable,  “Well, for those Four we made all the difference….” Somehow it’s just not good enough. But it’s what I am left to hold on to.

So, for these Four, I will go beyond due diligence. I will pull into emotional and financial reserves yet untapped, and will do everything I can for you……because I could not do it for the 47 left behind.           – Anna Clay

Faith In

After a lifetime of abuse and repeated starvation, FaithIn resided at AAM for many years. We had a lot of issues to work through. Though malnourished and prone to ulcers and colic, this beautiful leopard appaloosa’s physical health was much easier to address than his mental and spiritual health.  Shortly before AAM was contacted about him, he had been in 5 homes in 2 months. The last home had traded him for a lawn mower. He was named FaithIn because of all the horses we’d taken in, this horse truly needed to have Faith In something…  Intelligent, gentle and very sensitive, FaithIn is a horse that does not like his surroundings to change. Though he was secure here at AAM, he was often distressed by other horses coming in to the Rescue and then being adopted. He didn’t understand that this was a good thing, he only knew that his new friend had been led away and never seen again. We realized that he need to be in a home where all the animals lived there permanently, so he wouldn’t have to worry so much. He is now living on a large property with several other horses and miniature donkeys. He has gained weight and is keeping it on. We visit him at his new home every month. He is happy, secure and stress-free.

Dakota & Denali

This mother and son pair arrived at AAM never having been handled by humans. They were underweight and loaded with parasites. The colt, Dakota, accepted human contact within a couple of weeks.  His mother Denali who is approximately 15, was more wary.  After focusing on their nutrition, and gelding Dakota, they were haltered and taught to lead.  Denali was offered for adoption as a companion animal, and the pair were adopted by “V” in northern Oregon. “V” was not an experienced horse woman, but she’d dreamed of adopting a wild mustang and adding that experience to her life’s goals.  After much communication, we decided that “V” was the right human for this pair. Her generous spirit and enthusiasm was exactly what they needed.  This new family is doing very well, and learning from each other daily.  We always look forward to updates, which “V” generously supplies for us.

Romeo

Romeo earned his name in the first week he arrived at AAM.  We estimated his aged to be nearing 2 years old. He’d never been touched by a human, and when he finally was he absolutely loved it! Romeo was adopted by Patty, and now lives in the Portland, OR area. The pair bonded instantly, truly a case of love at firt sight.

Promise

Promise is an 18 year old Sheldon Mustang who arrived at AAM undernourished, loaded with parasites and extremely pregnant. She’d never been handled by humans, so her hooves were also in very bad shape, making walking difficult for her.  “J.J.” from northern Oregon saw a photo of her and fell in love. After Promise’s health issues were addressed and she was familiar with humans, she travelled to her new home. A huge thanks to Kate Beardsly from Mustangs To The Rescue, who braved the treacherous winter to transport Promise safely before her foal was born.  Promise gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Earth Day,  and will now live out her life with J.J. as a companion animal.