We consider, with fires raging, drought persisting, and ominous smoke all around us, that it is a very good thing that the Salt River wild horses keep the dry vegetation down in the Salt River habitat.
However, for lack of rain, the ground has turned back to desert sand; and the horses are in a perilous situation again this year. The mesquite trees, while providing small leaves, are not yet bearing beans and the river eelgrass will take another month or so to reach the surface, so with zero forage, we have a period of time with very little resources available to the horses.
This brings us to the same dilemma as last year: to feed or not to feed. Should we let them decline, should we let them starve, is this what nature intended?
Young Ducey whom you see in this picture, was witnessed this week with colic symptoms and severe diarrhea; we are keeping a very close eye on him and luckily he cought up with his band again. But we are seeing the same symptoms in many others as well. Because of the lack of forage, their colon is becoming less healthy, which is the most sensitive part of a horses anatomy. The only way to combat this, is to supplement them with good healthy protein a couple of times per week.
We, as an organization and as citizens who want to see them remain, have taken responsibility for their humane management. In that capacity this is our official position:
Even while it will not be easy or cheap, we believe it is our responsibility to bridge the gap between natural resources in order to keep the Salt River wild horses healthy.
If we do nothing, the drought would most certainly reduce the population in a slow and cruel way. However, we mimic this phenominon, in a humane way, by reducing the population through the use of PZP fertility control. (delivered by dart).
This, in turn, affords us the luxury to keep wild horses like Ducey, (named after our Governor) alive and well. That is, ofcourse, IF we can find the resources. We do not get paid by the government and we receive no government Grants!
We believe that this is the only responsible way to manage wild horses. If you agree, please help!
One semiload of certified weedfree hay costs $7250 and it will feed all of the Salt river wild horses 3x per week, for approximately 6 weeks. Our goal is to raise this amount as fast as possible, so that we can start supplement feeding asap!
Currently almost 1% of people on this page and our website have donated, or are sponsoring a Salt river wild horse. Those people are sustaining the humane management of the Salt River wild horses. If we could increase this to 10% of people, even at just a few dollars per month, we would be able to afford to supplement feed whenever we need to, without a problem! But Facebook does not let us reach all of those people in order to ask! So we need your help!
We ask simply, genuinely and kindly, for your help to raise the $7250 in order to bridge the gap between resources. Not just to hive bit to help spread the message! Together, as the public, we can keep the Salt River wild horses healthy!
It does not take much per person as long as everyone does it. Please just give a few dollars or buy a bale at $15! Then please think of someone you know who might be able to help and ask them to do the same!