LIFESAVERS WILD HORSE RESCUE

We are dedicated to saving wild and domestic horses from abuse, neglect and slaughter.  We prepare our rescued horses for adoption to only the best homes.  Certain rescued horses are deemed unadoptable for a variety of reasons and those deserving horses live out their natural lives at our beautiful wilderness sanctuary called Wild Horse Canyon, located in Caliente, CA.

Our rescued horses have the opportunity to give back to those who supported their freedom from suffering by being involved in our Horse Inspired Growth and Healing programs such as Wild Horse Boot Camp – a wild horse gentling workshop, Women’s Wild Horse Empowerment Journey – a retreat for women that will find their inner strength and courage by learning to gentle wild horses, and Wild Horse Warriors Journey – for veterans with PTSD, TBI, Depression and other invisible and physical post-war injuries.  The Warriors find relief and coping skills when they make a heart connection with wild and domestic horses. Lifesavers knows that rescued wild horses and heart-broken humans can heal each other – we have living proof!

Your ongoing support helps us continue our lifesaving mission and programs.  Please enjoy our website.  Thank you.

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URGENT RESCUE! UPDATE 1/25/18

We are thrilled and proud to announce that our 1 day fund raising campaign to save two horses from slaughter was a complete success!

We had two days to get two horses out of a Texas kill pen to safety. Actually one horse and one mule.  So we reached out to our online friends and email list and asked for any little gift they could send to save two innocent lives.  The response was incredible and we were able to raise what is needed in just one day. And something else wonderful happened too.

As soon as we knew we were in the clear we sent funds to the kill pen to stop the shipping of a Belgian mare and a Molly mule.  But, there was a woman who had her heart set on saving the Belgian mare herself.  She reached out to Lifesavers and asked if we would mind letting her have the horse she was hoping for but had missed purchasing her by a minute, and if we would be able to choose a different horse to rescue in the Belgian’s place.  We talked for awhile and I was convinced that she was going to give the mare a great home.  And there were other horses on the schedule to be shipped to slaughter so we chose a beautiful paint gelding.

This rescue is not over, we have much to do before these two lucky souls get to come to their new home in California.  Today, Jan 25th, they will be picked up and transported away from the killpen to a quarantine facility. There they will hang out together, have vet work done, and wait for 5 weeks to pass. We quarantine horses from feedlots before bringing them home to make sure they didn’t pick up any illness from the dirty infected kill pens.  If they do break out with something – they will get treated at the quarantine facility until the vet gives them the thumbs up.  We have our favorite equine transporter ready to pick them up at the end of next month.

Rescuing horses is not cheap. And saving them from slaughter is just the beginning. After we get them to our ranch we will need to invest in training, feed, farrier, more vet care, and who knows what else and for how long. So we continue to accept donations toward this rescue and the other work that we do at Lifesavers.  We already have 400 horses under our care and  any amount is a blessing that helps us continue our mission.

 

LIFESAVERS WELCOMES 6 RESCUED WILD GELDINGS!

Late last year a major horse rescue undertaking took place in South Dakota.  A total of 810 horses were found neglected and dying.  The state authorities stepped in and confiscated most of the mustangs from the sanctuary known as ISPMB.  The horses were transferred to a collective group of rescue groups such as Fleet of Angels and Return to Freedom.  Those groups worked to get hundreds of wild horses placed with other sanctuaries and individuals so they would not be euthanized by the state of South Dakota authorities.

Admittedly, we stayed out of the rescue efforts, other than making an initial donation toward feed, because our fund reserves are critically low and it would have been risky to take on any additional expenses at this time.  We have over 400 previously rescued horses under our care, many of which are looking for their own adoptive homes.

Then in June 2017 we received a desperate call about a number of those ISPMB horses that made their way to California but still needed a temporary place to stay until they could find adopters.  Lifesavers agreed to take in 6 of them as a short term solution.  Then they arrived.  And one look at their sad faces, their neglected bodies, and understanding the difficulties they’ve already been through – we decided we would give them a forever more home at our sanctuary, Wild Horse Canyon, in Caliente, California. We have 250 horses living at our sanctuary already, so these recently gelded wild stallions will be in good company.

This is a leap of faith for us during a time when our donations are at a lull, but FAITH is not something Lifesavers lacks.  We have faith that our friends and supporters will help us with these new horses as well as the 400 we already have.  It takes a village, and costs a fortune, to maintain 400 horses.  Each horse costs $1200 a year in hay only.  Added expenses are vet and farrier care, training, special feed for some, housing, and all the other things that come with running horse ranches and sanctuaries.

Thank you for giving whatever you can to help us support our programs of Healing. Education. Adoption. Rescue. Training. Sanctuary. (H.E.A.R.T.S.)

Please enjoy this video featuring Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen, and his wife Lauren when they came out to our ranch to work with a wild horse!

 

Learn more about our Wild Horse Journey programs.