Story by Lisa LeBlanc ~ Charter Member of WHFF Advisory Board
Captive Wild Horses Make Trek Across Nation, Again
DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in Termo, California, brought home 9 Twin Peaks mares, geldings and a foal born to a captive mother that were acquired under Sale Authority and transported to Michigan in February of this year and released them as a herd on September 11, 2011. These animals are from a group of 29 shipped to the Michigan buyer that were discovered in extremely poor condition and malnourished, some a mere ‘1’ on the Henneke Scale, yet the local prosecuter has failed to press charges and 14 horses still remain in the abusive buyers custody, two have already died. DreamCatcher is willing to home these horses, also.
While the details of their captivity in Michigan are appalling, the focus here is on the victory – that, through the efforts of rescue organizations in Michigan and open communications through a network of dedicated groups and individuals, these 9 animals were granted an opportunity to come home. DreamCatcher Wild Horse Sanctuary is about 60 miles, as the crow flies, from the Twin Peaks HMA where these horses were born and lived until their removal in August, 2010.
First brought to the attention of Michigan authorities by the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition much of their plight had also been followed by Elyse Gardner on her ‘Humane Observer‘ site. Many of these specific animals have been chronicled on the ‘Where the Wild Horses Are‘ blog before, during and after their removal, and subsequent existence in Michigan; their beauty in the wild has been captured in photographs that belie the anonymity forced on them through entrance into the BLM pipeline.
DreamCatcher Wild Horse Sanctuary is now providing these horses a forever home and a free-range life close to what they had known in Twin Peaks.
These once proud and free wild horses have experienced the single worst year of their lives – from round up to holding to transport halfway across the country, powerless subjection to an utter lack of care, and then back again. We have chosen the role of self-appointed representatives or guardians for Wild and Captive Wild Equines; we owe these animals the best we can do for them whenever the opportunity presents itself. Please, join us in thanking Barbara Clarke and DreamCatcher Wild Horse Sanctuary for making this past year nothing more than a bad memory for these horses. Please help if you can.
- BLM Mismanagement Reason for Wild Horse Death, Abuse and Neglect (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Is the BLM Perpetrating Wild Horse Fraud? (rtfitch.wordpress.com)