This Sheldon foal is safe at the sanctuary.

His relatives in the wild are not. 

The Roundup of the Last Wild Horses of the Sheldon Refuge Has Begun . . . 

August 7, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has begun to roundup the remaining wild horses of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. These horses have free ranged on the refuge for generations . . . now their fate uncertain at best. Because Fish and Wildlife is not federally mandated to manage wild horses there is nothing we can do legally to stop this tragic roundup.

My heart aches for those horses about to lose their freedom and their families. I can only hope that the work we’ve done to weed out unscrupulous horse contractors will allow Fish and Wildlife to make better choices about where these horses end up.

In the midst of this sad day, I am thankful that the 50 Sheldon horses we rescued from a previous roundup are safe at the sanctuary, living the life they would have lived in the wild.

Evan Claire, the young foal pictured below, will never know the trauma of a roundup or of being torn from her mother. She will grow up along side her best friend Jack (the foal pictured above with his dam), and the two of them will spend their years playing, learning and growing up within their herd community.

Our sanctuary is small and our resources thin. We cannot house all of the horses that are removed from the wild. But, with your help, we provide a safe haven to some 400 wild horses and burros every day and our sanctuary promotes solutions for “in the wild” management. These solutions are being looked at by Members of Congress, the BLM, National Academy of Sciences and they WILL be the way forward!

Thank you for supporting our work and making it possible for horses like Jack and Evan Claire to live out their days in peace and happiness. Until the helicopters are grounded, and all wild horses are safe, we will continue to be their voice.

Photo credits to: Roy Bozarth