Sunday, January 26, 2014

Once broken bodies and shattered lives - come through the fire against all odds

Rescue Update: Mariachi, Coco and Sky -- This is a heartwarming story of once broken bodies and shattered lives that have come through the fire against all odds. These three companion horses were starved, neglected and on the verge losing their lives.

Rescue team members at Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) Lifetime Equine Refuge (LER) received an emergency call requesting urgent aid for three young starving horses. Upon arrival, WFLF’s urgent response team discovered that all three were severely emaciated and neglected.

The horses were discovered by WFLF after the owner's mother called for help. Her son had not been able to provide for them after being in an accident. Coco, a Chestnut Arabian mare, and Mariachi QH/ mix Paint stud were evacuated to safety, but Sky, the White and Grey Dapple Arabian mare had belonged to the owner's sister, who had recently passed away - and the distraught children and family members just couldn't part with Sky (just yet). 
Coco and Mariachi came into WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge and
immediately began receiving round-the-clock special care in effort to restore them to good physical health. "When we first rescued Mariachi he was too weak to even step into the trailer, Coco was a mere quivering skeleton with fur.  These two once treasured companion horses had lost everything – even their hope," said Katia Louise, President, the Wild For Life Foundation. It was anticipated that Coco and Mariachi’s extended recovery could take up to a full year. 

Individual equestrian community members opened their hearts from within and around the greater Los Angeles area and through kind and generous donations from people like you, Mariachi and Coco were soon on their way to a full recovery.  WFLF documented their inspirational progress and milestones along the way.

"As we began the journey of nurturing and renewing Coco and Mariachi's trust in humans, we also continued to monitor and provide for Sky through WFLF-LER’s Lifetime Legacy," added Ms Louise.  "The Lifetime Legacy program provides emergency in-home-rescue assistance and ongoing stewardship to assist dedicated but financially challenged horse owners with lifesaving feed for their equines so they don’t have to choose between feeding themselves or their dearly loved horses."

Rocky was eventually gelded and after his recovery he was reunited with Coco so they could transition into training together.  Thanks to a very kind and generous sponsor they have also just completed 6 months training. Coco has been learning the foundations of dressage, doing ground work and has just begun training under saddle.  Rocky has been working with a rider under saddle in dressage and trail riding.
WFLF is pleased to announce that in December, 2013, after 9 long months, Sky was released to WFLF’s sanctuary program where she has been receiving lots of tender loving care. Sky, Mariachi and Coco were reunited just in time for the holidays at WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge in CA.

Watch the video of Sky's reunion with Mariachi and Coco, "Against All Odds" on YouTube at

Mariachi, Coco and Sky’s kind and generous sponsor has since retired and new sponsors are now needed to help carry their torch forward. If you have room in your heart and would like to help mariachi, Coco and Sky’s sponsorship torch keep going so that they can continue receiving the care and training they need, or if you know someone else that might like to take part, please contact us directly at WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge:

Those interested in helping are invited to support this rescue mission with a tax deductible donation to Wild for Life Foundation.  Experienced equine care providers interested in helping to foster or adopt a horse in need are invited to join WFLF's Safe Haven Network. With your compassionate help, these horses and others like them will receive that second chance at life and the assurance of forever safe harbor.  Donations to the Sky-Angela Fund will help assure Mariachi, Coco and Sky will continue to receive the care and training they need, and also assure that these horses and others like them will always be provided forever safe harbor. Visit Sky-Angela Memorial Page.

WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge rescues abused, neglected, slaughter bound and other at risk equines of all breeds and provides them with needed vet care, feed, shelter and forever safe haven. Lifetime Equine Refuge is the sister program to WFLF’s Saving America’s Horses Initiative, an international consortium of equine professionals and educators working to break the cycle of animal cruelty for wild and domestic equines and raise awareness about practices that cause enormous suffering. 

Wild for Life Foundation is a 501c3 all volunteer nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, sanctuary and education. Donations to WFLF are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Wild for Life Foundation
Lifetime Equine Refuge
Sacred Heart Equine Sanctuary, CA
January 25, 2014