Monday, September 15, 2014

New Beginnings for America's most Historic Imperiled Wild Horses



Temecula, CA, September 15, 2014 – Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) welcomes new rare and historic horses to its sanctuary program. It’s a new beginning and a fresh lease on life for over 100 imperiled Mustangs.  

Approximately 150 Mustangs recently lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter, for the second time in their lives.  This special herd of wild horses had come to be known as the Monero Mustangs, direct descendants of America’s most historic Mustangs; Spanish horses, Indian ponies and early Calvary mounts that once roamed the western region of the U.S. in great numbers, but are now under extreme threat of extinction.

It’s been a long hard road for this herd of imperiled Mustangs that had already been through so much. Many of them first lost their freedom and their families when they were chased down by BLM helicopters and ATV’s – the trauma and physical suffering caused by these brutal roundups is virtually unspeakable.  The survivors were provided sanctuary under the  Monero Mustangs, a New Mexico 501c3 charity founded by Sandi Claypool and her late mother Ila Bromberg for the purpose of preserving their unique blood lines and heritage.

This rare herd had resided on a large private ranch in New Mexico where many people visited to experience their majesty through eco-tourism.  Many of the herd members appeared in WFLF’s award winning movie, Saving America’s Horses which was partially filmed on location at the Monero Mustangs sanctuary in 2009. Filmmaker, Katia Louise recalls. “It was an honor to witness and film these magnificent living legends thriving in harmony with nature, complimenting the environment and gracing our world with their beauty.”  

Just recently the Monero Mustangs had sadly lost their grazing lease and within a few months the entire herd was in grave danger of going to slaughter.  Monero Mustang founder, Sandi Claypool says, “We hit rock bottom and there was no hope in site. If it wasn’t for Katia and the Wild for Life Foundation, our entire herd would have been brutally butchered alive for their meat.”

Katia is an expert on both the issue of horse slaughter and the plight of America’s wild horses. “When I heard that the Monero Mustangs lives were at stake, and knowing the untold horrors of their would-be fate, I knew we had to take immediate action,” Ms Louise said.  Being a grassroots charity emerged in equine rescue and preservation, Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) works around the clock in the trenches to meet these kinds of challenges on an everyday basis.  “Going in, I knew this would be one of the biggest most challenging rescue missions WFLF could take on.”  This was a matter of life and death urgency and an effort to prevent the most egregious cruelty inflicted upon animals by mankind.  And, on that day, the WFLF-MoneroMustang Rescue Mission was born.  “It’s a leap of faith for humanity and the future of the world we share together with these animals,” Katia added. “Thank heavens for our supporters and their steadfast dedication in support of our work.”

“Thanks to the many kind and generous donations from caring horse lovers who have come together in support of this mission, we have been able to provide emergency rescue services in effort to save this herd of majestic wild horses, including provision of their needed hay, veterinary care, housing and transport. The ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society generously contributed in support of this important WFLF mission.  “But this rescue mission is not yet complete,” says Katia.  “It has taken several months to save and restore the first 125 of these majestic herd members to new safe haven natural habitat homes, including over a few dozen rare Spanish Mustangs and several new born foals which are continuing to arrive at our California sanctuary facilities.”  

10 rare and historic Spanish Mustangs are welcomed to WFLF, CA

These incoming wild horses are the last of the renowned Monero Mustangs. They are the rare breed, direct and undiluted descendants of the El Rito Spanish horses brought to the Americas by Juan de Onate in and around 1598.  With your continued support, WFLF will be able provide them with the security of a new safe and natural habitat and help assure that they will never be at risk of roundup or slaughter again.


“Our resources have been stretched to the limits by the necessary emergency rescue costs including blood tests for Coggins, Health certificates and travel permits just to get them safely out of Mew Mexico,” said Ms Louise. “Transporting large numbers of horses across state lines is complicated and costly. Stops must be made so the horses can rest, be watered and fed. Safely transporting horses across the country is limited during the hot summer months and these factors have all played into this major rescue mission.” Water and hay had to be trucked in daily to keep them fed and healthy while funds were raised to save them. 
As the remaining number of Wild Horses in the U.S. nears extinction, education and appreciation through the protection and observation of Wild Horses in sanctuary becomes tantamount to their survival as a species. America’s Wild Horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

WFLF relies 100% on tax deductible donations to do this lifesaving work. “Time of the essence. We’re down to the very last family bands of this majestic herd who will soon be united with their family members in California. Plus six mares and their 3-4 month old foals are now awaiting transport from Equine Voices in Arizona where they had been allowed to build strength for the rest of their journey to their new home under WFLF’s wild horse sanctuary program.” 

WFLF Back to the Wild - Horse Sanctuary, Calif.



To support the completion of this monumental rescue mission give directly to the Wild for Life Foundation charity: www.wildforlifefoundation.org/wflfmonero.html


Media Contacts:

Wild For Life Foundation
Phone: 310.439.9817
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a federally registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting and preserving America’s equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. Federal ID Number: 26-3052458