Baby update - All seven of the "slaughter babies" have been placed. Although we normally do not place babies at this age, the circumstances dictate a change from the norm. All the babies are in carefully chosen homes who have the ability and time to give them the specialized care they need.
We began their halter training, and all of them were stabilized and doing well. The biggest and best news is that Thumbellina is doing well and seems to be thriving have a real mommy of her own. No matter how hard we try, we can never ever take the place of a real "horse mom".
Watching her with the mare was amazing. The near desperation on Lil T's part to nurse and bond with the mare made it very clear it was worth the drive. She was in love with her new mommy seconds after meeting her, and long before the mare started to accept her.
By the 3 a.m. feeding Kristen was holding the mare in halter on a lead and she was letting Lil T nurse like a champ. They are not quite ready to be in together alone yet, but this morning's update was that the mare was even more at ease when Thumbellina was nursing. The night before I had stood there, almost in awe, watching Lil T lick and nuzzle the mare's side like she had finally come home. There is simply no substitute for the real thing.
We placed the other 6 in their various homes and are so grateful all seems to be going extremely well for them. It is always so hard to let go, especially this soon, but we have to do what gives the other babies a chance at a safe and happy life.
It has been quite the trip, but all is going well and we are about an hour away from picking up two new ones. We were supposed to pick them up a few days ago, but due to the delay, we had time to drive Miss T to her new home.
It is sounding like there are going to be lots of babies and a very long season. We are so grateful to all of you who have made it possible to help the last seven and the two we are picking up today. Sometimes it is simply overwhelming and it all seems impossible.
However, I truly believe that when God puts an injured soul in front of you, whether it is 4 legged or 2 legged, He wants you to do your best to help to whatever way you can. So Matt and I will keep on doing everything we can to help save these lives.
We so appreciate everyone who is part of this amazing journey. Although there is tremendous heartbreak, being able to watch Thumbellina find a new mommy was absolutely heartwarming. Watching those little lips curl and seeing that tiny pink tongue caressing her new mommy over and over and over brought tears. Those moments are the ones that make all the tears and shattered hearts worthwhile. Those moments are the ones that remind us why we keep on fighting a fight it seems like we can't win, and why we go through this 24/7.
If you want to help You can go to You caring - https://www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-for-55-wild-horses-orphaned-foals-415297 to help us save these horses and you can donate there for the "orphaned foals" or
You can go to Paypal - Palominodancer@yahoo.com or go to our Donate & Support page if you would like to help these horses
You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088
530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses