I waited and waited...thinking Joy was going to return Chip’s challenging glare this afternoon in the Oceanside Campground. But he just grazed. So no fight pics....but also no additional damage to Joy, who once again seemed to be limping more than usual on his right front leg. Still, an interesting display of a stallion communicating the boundary of his turf. Stared at Joy HARD for about 20 minutes, let out a long whinny and plodded back to his mares, Susi and The Princess.
Well this lil ‘Pocket Rocket’ would be one proud daddy right about now. His first and only mare has foaled a beautiful little colt!! I cannot wait to get down to the mountains to see my favourite mob and their new special bundle of joy soon🐴🐴
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The snorklers. I love how the wild horses along the Salt River put their faces, all the way up to their eyes, underwater; think they're feeding on the eelgrass along the bottom of the river. Also, there is a very protective stallion, just outside of the frame of this shot, standing watch over these two. The other horses in the band don't let the little ones wander very far away from the group.
In the Buddhist texts, some of them say, when you die, basically that wild horse gets cut loose, and the mind is incredibly powerful and expansive, omniscient and can go anywhere and see anything, but - and this is the catch - it's colored by the habits of thought we made in life.
This stallion, even though not considered “flashy” to most, was my favorite in the herds at the #SouthSteensHMA . Funny how you can become attached to the memory of a good horse in your past...mine was a dark bay, a lot like Phoenix.
**Update on Mori**
Mori is eating and drinking on her own and able to get up and down. She is showing a little improvement every day, which gives us good reason to keep giving her supportive care and pain management.
However, we still do not want to give ourselves or our supporters assurances or false hope. Her xrays of today showed that some of the broken bone is dying and there are a few pieces of floating bone...Her eyes themselves are not damaged, but her optic nerve and the connections to the brain are, which could be temporary blindness because of the swelling, or it could be permanent.
As long as there is hope for a full recovery where she can have a good quality life, we do not want to give up on her as we strongly believe that wild horses have better healing capabilities than domestic horses.
However, bills do pile up every day and Mori REALLY needs your support. Everyone who is donating to the Jade Legacy fund, or a general donation (which right now is going to Mori) we will make a keychain for you with Mori's image on it.
We need to prove that the public will manage the Salt River wild horses and we need your help for that. Every little bit helps a LOT.
We do not know for sure how Mori got her injuries but her band was crossing the road daily right at the granite Reef corner, which is a very dangerous part of the road. If anyone has any information or saw something on Monday the 13th between 9 am and 12 noon, in the Granite Reef area, please send us a message, we will keep that confidential.
BREAKING: Rescue Report **Donations sought and needed**www.SRWHMG.org
The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group with its 100 volunteers, monitors the Salt River Wild Horses daily and operates a hotline for any emergent situations involving a wild horse;
Monday Nov 13th, 12.15 pm a call came in about a lone small horse on top of a hill. (Thank you caller Jennifer) We dispatched our field manager on duty, to check out the situation.
1.30pm The filly was identified as stallion Lancelot's youngest filly Morgause (Mori). She was extremely far out of reach, and we could have figured she would eventually climb down to reunite with her band, but something felt off and the decision was made to try and reunite her with her band.
2pm SRWHMG volunteers gather very quickly, after which one half dispersed to locate her band and the other half of the team went to take on the dangerous climb to Mori.
3.30pm volunteers had reached the confused filly and reported that she was not just lost or scared, something looked to be very wrong.
3.45pm Reunite mission turned into Rescue mission.
4.30pm We called in our horseback team and the authorities were notified.
4.40pm human circle was made around her, which became smaller and smaller until we were able to guide her down the hill. She accepted the help very quickly and willingly.
5pm our horse back team reaches the ground team up on the hill. Mori then gladly followed the horse hooves and quickly more progress was made down the hill.
6pm on Bush highway, MCSO deputies came to assist, but our team was still only halfway down the hill and all there was to do was wait.
8pm our team arrives in the dark on Bush hwy with Mori willingly walking in the middle.
8.30 pm we leave for the veterinarian hospital
9.20 pm X-rays quickly show a fractured skull and further tests show neurological problems and blindness.
Update to follow