MWHR welcomed Molly to the farm last Wednesday. Molly came to us from our friends at Feathered Friends Cockatoo and Horse Sanctuary in AL. Back in December, Feathered Friends saved Molly from a kill pen in LA. We have no history on Molly prior to her arrival at the kill pen so she is spending some time getting acquainted with her new home and then will be evaluated for training. We are still amazed to learn that Molly and Smoochie were born on the same day and year (8/23/2004) in the same holding facility in New Mexico. Needless to say, they have become fast friends.
MWHR welcomed Smoochie to the farm this past Saturday. Smoochie is a 13 year old mustang gelding who was born in a New Mexico holding facility. Much of his history is unknown due to the fact that he is an untitled mustang who appears to have “slipped thru the cracks” of the system. About 2 years ago a lady in SC took him in because he was basically roaming the streets of her small town. She wanted a better life for Smoochie so she asked MWHR to take him so that he could be trained and go on to lead a more productive life. He’s quite small at around 13.3 hands but very well built. He’s smart and a quick learner so we are looking forward to spending lots of time training him.
Kichi is a chestnut mustang mare born in 1995 and captured in 1999 from the Salt Wells Creek HMA in WY. She was surrendered to our rescue in late spring 2015 by an owner who fell on hard times. She was emaciated, suffered hair loss in her mane and tail, and her hooves were in such terrible shape that she limped when she walked. In late summer 2015, we were approached by an experienced local horseman who was willing to take on the extra care that Kichi still required to complete her recovery. He was looking to provide an ideal job for this senior mare as a pasture companion to his aging quarter horse, Tuff. We recently visited Kichi in her home in Alpharetta, GA and are pleased to report that she is happy and healthy, her hair is still growing in, and her hooves look amazing. Her owner tells us that while small in stature she has the big personality of a lead mare and bosses great big Tuff around (even stealing his food if given a chance). She is loved dearly by her new adopters and is enjoying life.
We get asked all the time what breed are mustangs. Mustangs are actually a breed but they are genetically made up of many different breeds including Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, etc. Here’s a good article that explains a little more about their genetic influences which varies based on the HMA where they were rounded up.
WOW, what an amazing Work Day we had this past Sunday!! We had so many wonderful people come out to help with our pasture renovation, clean up and prep work for the new fence. Since we were so busy getting things done, we forgot to take any pics until after everyone had gone home. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone that came out in the dreary wet and cold to support our efforts 🙂
Ally, the newest member of the MWHR family, is a mustang mare that was surrendered to us by her owner over the weekend. We don’t know much about her but believe she is in her early 20’s and has been ridden in the past. She’s a sweet girl but definitely needs some weight and TLC. She will be getting a visit from the vet and farrier this week. We are so thankful to Ashley and Justin who operate Hope Reins Rescue in Lyons, GA for going to pick her up on such short notice and care for her until she can be moved to the MWHR farm.