“Why is there a foal on a fanboat?”
Rosy’s rescue one year ago was a great example of how, here on the Salt River, authorities and our non-profit work together to make humane wild horse management a success.
This is the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) and the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) rescuing Rosy, and all of it had to be approved by the Forest Service also.
Rosy was severely starved and dehydrated because she lost her mother, who died of old age. Had we not known these wild horses so well and noticed that Rosa, (her mother) was missing, Rosy would have died a pretty sad death. The problem we had was, Rosy was on the other side of the river.
After this adventurous and wild rescue took place, Rosy needed plasma, hydration and later on surgery for her hernia. This was paid for by fundraising; individuals giving 10 to 20 dollars, and that’s how the public comes into the picture of helping to take care of a resource that they love.
Of course, she also needed 24 hour loving care provided by our hardworking volunteers, without whom her happily ever after would not be possible.
Our certified volunteers, in the mean time also dart mares to control the birthrate, so that fewer foals are born, which will eventually take off the pressure for removals of any Salt River wild horses.
Without any of these components, the preservation and protection of the Salt River Wild Horses would not work.
- The authorities and government cooperating and helping
- The public willing to put their money where their heart is
- The hard work of a non profit. (SRWHMG) willing to do it at no cost to the government.
We are grateful for this successful formula every day. We love and cherish each and every Salt River wild horse.
Managing wild horses for the public and by the public, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG)
To learn more and to support humane wild horse management, peruse our website.
The rescues also have their own Facebook page: SRWHMG – Wild Rescues.