Wow, Who does this stuff happen to? Sometimes I cannot believe the crazy adventures we h ave. It is 11:53 a.m. and I am sitting on my "emergency foal rescue tool box" about 8 feed away from a trailer with a wild horse in it. Not just any wild horse, Oshunnah, the beautiful medicine hat mare that Cat Kindsfather saved. We are, no let me say we were on our way home to California where she will go live at the sanctuary in Shingletown. However, this is our story, and it isn't finished yet......
I had a strange feeling about this journey and asked everyone for their prayers.
8:00 a.m., Willis Lamm, Betty Retzer, my hubby and I are loading up Oshunnah. Thanks to very calm people with some very serious horse skills, the loading went smoothly and after a short time she was loaded. (Don't get me wrong, she didn't just walk right in like Honey Bandit, but for a wild horse there was really no drama considering, and no horse or people were injured. So to me that is a smooth loading.) She wasn't sweaty or breathing heavily, just a little nervous and no doubt wondering what these crazy people were doing to her now. She has a very "intelligent" eye, and you can tell she thinks about everything.
There is a little twist to the story however, our trailer lights decided not to work this a.m., and of course they worked just fine last night when we dropped the trailer. So since there was a time element involved, an alternate trailer was offered and we accepted. But the time factor was pressing as we had to complete the loading in time for our movie star Willis to do an interview about our beloved wild horses. So it was offered to take the rig as it sat. So we loaded her up and away we went.
About an hour into the drive, we smelled the smell you never want to smell when driving a vehicle. Burning oil. So long story short, we had to make an emergency stop on the side of the freeway. Even longer story short, we ended up in the parking lot in Raleys while Cat and Matt (wow - that rhymes )went to get our truck.
So that is why I am sitting out here freezing with the horse typing away on my computer. I went and sat in the truck and the whole thing started moving. She doesn't want to sit out here alone. So I am out here freezing, (everything was frozen when we woke up this a.m.), so I can talk to her so she stays calm. It should only be about 3 hours - ha ha (I need the wahmbulance again :)
It's Sunday, and we arrived at the sanctuary yesterday afternoon safe and sound. But wow, not what you want to happen. When you have a wild horse, who is still truly wild, and you are stuck on the side of the freeway, it can be very stressful and dangerous. But I have to say, Oshunnah was the most calm out of all of us. She never broke a sweat, started freaking out, or did any of the other crazy things that a wild horse could do when semi trucks are flying past at high rates of speed.
So thank ya'll for your prayers. We were so lucky that we didn't break down in the middle of nowhere, without cell service. If something bad was going to happen, we surely had everything else go right.
So Cat came over and got to meet Honey Bandit. You will be seeing some very fabulous pix in the near future. We had lots of fun, but everyone is exhausted. :) (but in a good way) We let Honey Bandit and the little guys out and they ran around and got to hang out. They had such fun and it was so awesome to see HB running and playing like a real horse.
We will be at Kool April Nights in an informational booth, (although we will have t-shirts and some pix available) It will be a good opportunity to let people know what is happening with our beloved wild horses and all that tax money that is being spent on the horses in holding pens. So if you are in the area, come out and say hi. HB won't be there in person, but the rest of us will and we would love to meet ya'll in person.
Again, thanks for all your support. One more wild horse has a home. Only 40,000 more to go!
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang www.chillypepper.weebly.com
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088