After a trip to the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area and experiencing the thrill of seeing horses in the wild, we realized there may be others who wish to observe unbound Mustangs. So armed with our cameras, binoculars, maps and 4WD we will venture into these wild and rugged places. Within these electronic pages we will share what is out there… Where The Wild Horses Are… living life naturally. Exploring also some of the places they come to be when removed from these management areas.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Home Again, Home Again...

Wild horses graze peacefully at DreamCatcher Sanctuary

If you have been following the story of the 29 Twin Peaks mustangs that were sold to a woman in Michigan and soon after were found starving, there are exciting new developments along with some disheartening news. 
First the great news…  the future for 8 of these mustangs, along with one mare’s new foal born while in MI, has taken a turn for the better! After difficult deliberations and many sleepless nights, with no help from the local authorities, these fortunate few will be making the trip back to California and DreamCatchers Sanctuary on September 9th.
Some of the horses returning home are...

# 1765 Appaloosa mare along with her appaloosa colt.
photo by Jodi Louth

# 1981 "Jewel" - the sorrel mare whose foal died at Michigan State University. (read their story here)
Shortly after arriving in MI.
The day MHWC found her starving and ready to foal.
photo by Jodi Louth

MHWC took her to a foster home.
photo by Jodi Louth
Her foal was born but she was to weak to care for him.
He died at the MSU despite the intensive care.
photo by Jodi Louth

Shortly after foaling.
photo by Jodi Louth

On the road to recovery...
photo by Jodi Louth

and ready to go home!
photo by Jodi Louth

# 1598 Dun gelding.
His story went like this...
Chased from his home and family by helicopter   photo by BLM
Day after capture at Litchfield corrals

Sorted to be gelded in preparation for sale
Suffering in Michigan
photo by Jodi Louth

At foster home waiting for his ride back to California
photo by Jodi Louth

# 1557 Black gelding, star and missing left ear tip.
photo by Jodi Louth
photo by Jodi Louth

# 1523 Black gelding with 4 white socks.

photo by Jodi Louth

This victory for the horses has come at quite a high price and now they need our help again! Financial support to help cover the expense of interstate vet checks and testing along with their safe, caring and comfortable ride home. These horses have been through so much trauma and hardship they need to be returned to a life of freedom... the only life they knew before they were stripped off their home range last summer along with over 1700 others from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area.
Donations are being accepted by DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary please visit their web site. If you feel the call to help these misplaced mustangs in Michigan get back home please know your donation is fully tax deductible, greatly appreciated and will be recognised! Watch for more information.

DreamCatcher is a 501c3 not for profit sanctuary.
Thank You!

A letter from Barbara at DreamCatcher

As for those still in Michigan we have not given up on their safe return home but for now most remain in the hands of the original purchaser. Some of the mares are still believed to be heading to Florida, to a "breeding farm" and an owner who has admitted to selling horses at auction. There are many illegal horse slaughter operations in FL and Sale Authority BLM mustangs are easy targets.
Updates and more photos to follow.