A supporter posted this picture of the harvest moon last night and it is poignant to us. The harvest moon carried the horse Moon home last night (who would have ever guessed that when we named him so long ago?) However, he was not the only Salt River wild horse that joined the big herd last night. Needless to say it was not a good day for us and we are terribly sorry to report more terrible news!
A foal named “Leaf”, as well as his brother named “Bud”, (theme-named for their dam named Daisy), were hit by a car just past the 3-way stop at Coon Bluff last night.
Both the 3-way stop and our road patrol have done an amazing job all year preventing such tragedy, but this is the month of October, the single most deadliest month for horse hits on Bush Hwy.
After humanely euthanizing the horse Moon, we worked under this full moon to move the grieving mom Daisy and the rest of the band back behind fencing, as they were not going to leave the foal and we wanted to give them time to process and grieve.
With help of MCSO deputies we moved the foals body twice with the second time behind the fencing. The yearling “Bud” who was also hit, is alive, he does not have any broken bones, and moved with his band, so we will need to monitor him closely. His eye is messed up, but horses can live with just one eye, so we will monitor for infection and help us hope he will heal.
We want to thank once again a supporter who called this in, (a lady we had serendipitously just met the day before!), and we want to thank MCSO for their gracious help and excellent handling of situations like this.
We also want to express that there are a lot of warnings on Bush Hwy now, that indicate horses crossing, and more preventive measures are coming from MCDOT plus we are lobbying for an overpass at Coon Bluff that we need your support for.
We do want our supporters to understand that no one ever wants to hit a horse, it is a terrible experience, so please let’s not have angry comments about speed, we have no evidence of that.
Instead what you can do is please support our group in our continuous battle for what is best for the horses. You’ll see lots of people having this logo right now in order to support us. We will keep that going through the difficult month of October, just so that we can get through it. People with this logo are not just our volunteers, but everyone everywhere, who supports and prays for the horses! Please feel free to make this logo your profile picture to show solidarity for the Salt River Wild Horses! Thank you so very much. We promise the next post will be wonderful news! (Good news in the making)
What a very very sad harvest moon it was.
Run forever free “Moon” and “Leaf”.