Sorry we haven't had a Honey Bandit update, but he was busy raising money for the five pregnant mares in Fallon that were headed to slaughter. We have to say it was absolutely a raging success. Honey Bandit's friends raised over $1500 for those mares. How can we say thank you? Everyone who sent money for those mares, spread the word, or said their prayers - YOU ROCK!
We have been on the phone constantly for the past two days, answering the constant flow of calls regarding these mares. Jennifer was fielding emails for me while I waited for the replacement computer. But so many people came through to save these mares. It makes you believe in the human race for a brief second. Actually, we have seen nothing but love for the horses from most of the people we know.
Wish we could raise money like that all the time. :) But I guess this was the perfect time, and the perfect reason. I did get several calls about other horses in trouble, and it is so frustrating that we can't save them all. But having a mare slaughtered and her baby tossed in a pile was too much for people to think about, and they didn't just "blog about it", they "got er done".
Just think if every single person that 'blogs' about or writes about the horses and how awful it is, actually physically did something about it. If every person sent $5 to a rescue, or went and volunteered, even one time, what a difference it would make. We see people (many elderly) on fixed incomes that will go without something they need to send that $5. It is amazing how people that have so little find so much to give. I am all for spreading the news, but we need to actually do something. The timing is crucial, and there are what, 40 thousand???? wild horses in captivity? How many people write about these horses every day? We could all band together and "git 'er done". I bet we could find enough people to take a couple horses, if several others would sponsor them and help support them. I truly believe we could do that. Many of the "mustang families" are small enough so people with some acreage could adopt the horses, keeping the family intact, and let them live out their lives together. All they would need would be sponsors. Just a thought from Honey Bandit.:)
Well the next step is to get to tell Honey Bandit's story at the BLM meeting in Phoenix in March. We are trying to recover from the financial ramifications of our trip to DC,and even though the cost was high, the success of the trip far outweighed any financial losses. But seeing with our own eyes, the reaction by congress to the brutal truth about the roundups and the cruelty involved, we know we have to keep getting the truth out. The naked surprise and shock on their faces after seeing Honey Bandit's story is proof enough that we need to get to this meeting. The time is now. We appreciate all your help to get us to this next crucial step. The more Honey Bandit's story gets out, the more people will realize how much we need to make a change. Honey Bandit is representing all of the fallen foals, and his suffering must not have been in vain.
Speaking of suffering, Honey Bandit is in his stall, covered in the warm halo of his heat lamp, munching away as we hunker down for the expected storm. It is brutally cold out for a horse with no winter coat. So the heater is going, his lamp is on, and he is knee deep in fresh straw so he can stay warm and "tozy". Guess you have to say his suffering is over.:) (But ours has just begun, as we go through much propane to keep him warm.) But he is a very happy guy.
God Bless and Thank You!
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088