This sweet young foal was found alone and abandoned and coming up to people for help. She is in Heber in the black mesa ranger district in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. In the video you can see that no other horses are around, which means that she was either abandoned or her mother died.
Ofcourse we offered to rescue her and tried very hard today to receive permission from the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, but we have not received it. The reason given was because there is not a long term management plan for the Heber wild horses yet. So the people who took this video had to leave her, which absolutely broke their hearts. This is the same Forest Service who is planning on removing all of the historic Alpine wild horses, which we also strongly condemn.
Foals under 3 months old cannot live without milk protein and die a cruel and slow starving death without it. Nature can be that cruel, but people don’t have to be. In addition she is vulnerable to other horses not related to her that could harm or kill her.
We do not care at all who rescues her, it does not need to be us, but this foal should not be left to die out here. She is very hungry and tries her best to eat what she can, but she needs milk. Leaving her to die would be just as much animal cruelty as if someone would let a foal starve in their own backyard.
Please let us rescue the foal, Apache Sitgreaves Forest Service. It’s the right thing to do.