The condition of the Salt River wild horses was only getting worse by the day - that's when the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group stepped in. Together with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, they started up an emergency protocol. "We have 12 feed stations all around the river and in secluded locations so they can eat in peace and not in the way of the public," says Simone Netherlands, president of the advocacy group. Along with feeding, there is a birth control program included so horses will not overpopulate. Netherlands says there are over 100 volunteers committed to saving the
Tonto National Forest, Mesa, Ariz. (May 28th, 2018) — The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) announces today that it has been awarded a contract with the State of Arizona to officially manage the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest. The group was notified that the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) had chosen the group’s management proposal, which was submitted as part of a competitive bid process managed by the State Procurement Office. Our goal is and always has been freedom, protection and humane management of this treasured historic and recreational resource. The group will hold a press
Making the rumble strips, they will give drivers an audible warning in addition to the visible warnings in advance of the 8 horse crossings. THANK YOU MCDOT!
Its been an absolutely wild and crazy night rescuing 2 drowning Salt River wild horses from the canal! Even while they are good swimmers, they were drowning from exhaustion in 11 ft deep water. We have now transported both shaking horses to our nearby property to recuperate after their horrible ordeal. They have many cuts and scrapes and the younger one hurt her front fetlock, but they are alive! The Firefighters from station 206 were amazing! They handpulled them up the 15 ft high cement edges of the canal. After identifying these two as Salt River wild horses that came
Five fatalities of horses being hit by cars since April along Bush Highway, three of them within the past week, have prompted new safety measures to warn drivers. Several message boards were placed along the highway, cautioning drivers to “slow down” and to “watch for horses," according to Tracy Ruth, communications-division manager for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. Other commitments include working with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to enforce speed limits and painting "watch for horses" signs on the asphalt. Simone Netherlands, president of Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a non-profit organization that protects the wild horses, said the Transportation Department committed
Phon D Sutton, Mesa, Az, April 29th, 2 am. Two days ago we rescued Little Old Lady (Lolly) with a broken left Phalanx. Her mother, Old Lady, is one of the most elusive and oldest mares on the river, but needed rescue as well. Under the full moon, after two days of patiently feeding Old Lady, we successfully and calmly bait-trapped her, trained her on the spot, by pressure and release and loaded her into our trailer. We will share more pictures of the rescue as soon as possible. It took patience, a large team of determined volunteers, as well
Lolly was a Salt River wild horse born during harsh natural circumstances with a mother who had nothing left to give. (Physically) We rescued her and tried to fix her broken left phalanx. She was under expert care at our veteranarian, but her break did not heal the way we had hoped. We had to let her go. Thank you all so much for your support. On the road again, Gratefully, the SRWHMG. UPDATE! Sometimes its the littlest things that make it all worthwhile! With just one day of good nutrition (Ultra24) Lolly is brighter and curious. Her casts are
After one week, all of the current feed stations but one, have been discovered by very needy mares and babies. It is good to see them get their bellies full. Because we want to keep wild horses wild, both the locations and our approach are very important to the success of the program. We would like for the horses to think that they just coincidentily ran into a great patch of green. We do not want them to associate food with people in order not to habituate (tame) them. Our volunteers will not make the drop if horses are around.
PLEASE BUY ONE BALE OF HAY FOR THE SALT RIVER WILD HORSES Arizona has had a one of the driest winters in history and we are in a record breaking drought with no relief in sight. While it is normal for wild horses to have a skinny season and a fat season, this drought has caused extreme conditions and extreme hardship on the Salt River wild horses, which we have been monitoring closely. The lack of ground cover cannot be blamed on the horses themselves; it has very little to do with horses and everything to do with the lack
An aging, domesticated brown and white Paint horse was found abandoned by a volunteer for the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. Author: Pete Scholz Published: 4:53 PM PST April 2, 2018 Updated: 6:42 PM PST April 2, 2018 TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz - Lester Walker put the call out around 8:30 Monday morning. "We need to get somebody out here. There's a horse out here that's not one of the Salt River's," he said. Walker volunteers with Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, which ooks after the health and welfare of a herd of wild horses that roam near