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Horses of the Caves: Meeting the Gila Herd

(Pronounced hee-luh)

These horses carry a history believed to stretch from wooden ships and Jesuit missionary Padre Eusebio Kino’s 17th century arrival in Arizona through a wild herd that: lived in relative isolation in Arizona, was captured by the government after conflicts with ranchers, was taken to a sanctuary in South Dakota that later fell on troubled times.

These are the horses of the Gila herd.

In shades of earth and charcoal, striped legs and dorsal stripes, they look as though they’ve walked out of a cave painting, draped in the mystery of the ancient past.

Join us for the next chapter in their story.

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Join our #watchoverme #jointhegilaherd campaign started to launch into the care fundraising campaign stage of our project. By watching over a Gila horse, foal, or family band, you join the Gila herd to ensure that the Gila herd thrives.

The Griffin-Soffel Equine Rescue Fund has been the catalyst and is energizing our campaign. Patricia Griffin-Soffel has joined the Gila herd and we invite you to step forward and join us too.

The Griffin-Soffel Equine Rescue Fund has pledged to match donations dollar for dollar up to $150,000.  While the scope of the first phase of this project is estimated to take 2 years and $300,000 and may seem like an overwhelming task, we’ve got off to a healthy start* from individuals just like you thanks to the matching pledge. (*Veterinary costs for the initial phase of this project were covered by the ASPCA and the Unwanted Horse Coalition).

With your help we can raise $120,000!  This ensures that the Gila herd’s Northern California pastures are paid for through March 2019!


We wish to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the following individuals and organizations who have made this project possible: Griffin-Soffel Equine Rescue Fund, ASPCA, Unwanted Horse Coalition, Lee Heller, Mike Holmes, Steve Paige, Celeste Carlisle, MJ Ranch, Dr. Sponenberg, Dr. Gus Cothran, Red Horse Nation, Palomino Armstrong