Rare historic El Rito Spanish Mustangs find a new home in California Temecula, CA,
November 3, 2014 - Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) welcomes the last family bands of the iconic and rare historic wild horses to its Temecula facility. These Mustangs once roamed freely across America's public range-lands, but had sadly become in grave danger of going to slaughter.
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 government helicopters and ATV's - the trauma and physical suffering caused by these brutal roundups is virtually unspeakable. These survivors were provided sanctuary under the charter of the Monero Mustangs, a federally registered 501c3 charity founded for the purpose of preserving their unique blood lines and heritage.
The last members of this majestic herd are now safely reunited with their family members in California, including the last group of six mares and their 3-4 month old foals that most recently arrived after a three-month stop over at Equine Voices in Arizona. These mares and foals needed additional time to build strength before completing their full journey to California (CA) under WFLF's wild horse sanctuary program.
These Monero Spanish Mustangs have been placed into WFLF's equestrian ranch in Temecula, CA which features large multi-acre open space natural habitat and rehab facilities. It's a transitional facility for incoming Mustangs under Wild For Life Foundation's Wild Horse sanctuary expansion project.
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. Monero Mustang founders, Sandi Claypool and anthropologist, Ila Broomberg became key speakers in this passionate and compelling documentary film. 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." The herd of Monero Mustangs had lived peacefully for years on a 5,000 acre ranch in New Mexico where many people visited to experience their majesty through eco-tourism and conservation programs.
There were approximately 150 Mustangs that had recently lost their freedom and their homes on the open range-lands in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter, for the second time in their lives. These wild horses are 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.
The Wild For Life Foundation has saved the lives of these majestic horses, and is assuring that the Monero Mustang legacy lives on. Wild horse expert and the founder of Monero Mustangs of New Mexico has now also arrived to CA where she has joined WFLF's Equine Program as the new on site Wild Horse Manager. Through Monero Mustangs, Sandi's worked to help keep the genetic pool of the original Spanish El Rito Mustang alive. As an educator, she will be able to bring a wealth of knowledge to WFLF's wild horse educational program, about the treasure of this regal and adaptive band of vanishing 'El Rito' Spanish that helped build the west.
The Monero Mustangs had sadly lost their safe sanctuary 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 would take on."
And that's how the WFLF-Monero Mustang Rescue Mission was born. It was a matter of life and death urgency and an effort to prevent the most egregious cruelty inflicted upon animals by mankind. "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. We couldn't do it without you."
"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 the entire herd of majestic wild horses, including provision of their needed hay, veterinary care, housing and transport,” says Katia. "It has taken several months to save and restore these majestic herd members to new safe haven natural habitat homes, including pregnant mares and new born foals, the last of which have just recently arrived to our California sanctuary facilities."
The renowned Monero horses have been known as 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 forever safe and natural habitat where they will never be at risk of roundup or slaughter again. "WFLF resources have been stretched to the limits by the many emergency rescue costs including blood tests for Coggins, Health certificates and travel permits which were required to get them safely out of Mew Mexico," said Ms Louise. Water and hay had to be trucked in daily to keep them fed and healthy during while funds were raised to save them. "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 inclement weather and these factors have all played into this major rescue mission."
WFLF extends their gratitude to the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Landsberg Foundation for their generous support in helping to make this monumental mission a success.
Continued support is crucial in order to assure the forever safe harbor of these historic equines. At WFLF rescue is just the beginning of a long, dedicated endeavor to provide the best quality of life for these vulnerable and displaced victims. Partnerships are crucial to helping the Wild For Life Foundation serve community enrichment through its multi-layered mission of preserving wildlife, preventing animal cruelty, nature and educational initiatives, and therapeutic animal-human healing. WFLF saves the lives of homeless, mistreated and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people. Since fall of 2013, WFLF has rescued and placed approx 180 wild Mustangs, including approximately 140 Monero Mustangs, 40 Navajo Mustangs, and 21 orphaned foals (ages 1-6 months old), and several pregnant mares who all had lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico. The baby horses had been orphaned as a result of the roundups and slaughter, which the vast majority of American people oppose.
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.
"With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise. "Wild horses are scientifically recognized for restoring range-lands, boosting biodiversity and helping the return of a wider variety of plants and invertebrates to the lands where they roam. Scientists and conservationists have indeed found that the re-introduction of wild equines to open lands provides a meaningful way to restore and sustain the natural environment and wildlife."
"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a U.S, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education. WFLF relies 100% on tax deductible donations to do this lifesaving work. Federal ID No. 26-3052458
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