From most adorable foal of 2018, to most troublemaking bachelor, his name is Ash, son of Scarlett and Houston.
As most of you know, SRWHMG keeps track of every Salt River wild horse from birth to death and we also make notes in their files on their habits, behavior, their favorite places to hang out and also if they get hurt or in trouble. Ash gets in trouble a lot.
We received a call recently of a horse that was running around on the Beeline Hwy (87), a most dangerous situation for horses and drivers. It was Ash.
We dispatched our volunteers and they were there within 5 minutes. In these situations what we do is try to keep the horse calm by not going after him. Instead, we get in front of where the horse is going, and we let him see that we are cutting the fence for him and creating an opening. We then go through it ourselves, so the horse understands that it is open, but we get out of the way so that he is not frightened to go through it. Ash was eager to get back inside of his boundaries.
He was seen safely back at the river sparring with some other bachelors today. Of course we fixed the fence afterwards and looked for any possible weaknesses in the fencing but did not find any. We are suspecting a left open gate.
Gas is expensive but we need it desperately for our road patrol team and our field team. We made this into a fundraiser for those purposes and we are grateful no matter what the amount.
We want to thank DPS for calling us and working with us to get this loved Salt River horse safe!
We want to thank the public for using our hotline if you ever see a horse in trouble or injured or in the wrong place. Please save this number in your phone: SRWHMG hotline: (480) 868-9301
We love you Ash, please behave. SRWHMG.
Pictures by SRWHMG GP Walsh Photography and SRWHMG Destini Rhone.