The Horse Shelter
Rescuing Abused, Abandoned and Neglected Horses Throughout New Mexico
Five Navajo Foals Arrived At The Horse Shelter
If you have been following the news lately, you have probably heard about the many unwanted horses on the Navajo Nation. They estimate having up to 70,000 feral horses which they call UEH (Unwanted Excess Horses). Nobody so far can verify the exact amount of horses, but one thing is clear there are way too many. Navajo Nation rounds up hundreds/thousands of horses at a time and sells them to kill buyers for $15-25/head to be taken to slaughter. The foals get separated from their mothers in these roundups and as they don't weigh enough for slaughter (700 lb requirement) they are sold to Livestock Barns to be disposed of in other manners. Maybe you remember the weanlings Josephine, Napoleon and Figaro that we took in beginning of the year, they came from the same area and situation. In the last roundup almost 30 foals ranging from 3-6 months old got left behind. A known animal advocate in McKinley County rescued them from the sales barn and then was left with the daunting task of finding them homes. Several did not survive due to sickness, age and malnourishment. The others were mostly taken in by equine rescue organizations. The Horse Shelter took five of these babies and is getting them the medical attention and feed they require to hopefully recover from their ordeal. These ponies will be with us for many years until they will be adoptable. Please consider sponsoring one of our babies.
Thankfully the Navajo Nation just recently reversed their position on horse slaughter and in their latest press release has now stated that they oppose slaughter and are going to stop these round ups. This is good news for the horses and we hope this will be a step forward in the quest to find different solutions for the many unwanted/feral horses in NM.The Horse Shelter is actively participating in several groups determined to find solutions and to change public awareness of these issues.
Again, with so many young horses - we have now 23 youngsters at THS that are 4 years or younger - that will require a lot of love, attention and training before they are adopted.
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