MHBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that offers sanctuary to equines at risk of slaughter, BLM is rounding up and warehousing thousands of wild horses and burros every year. But, there are limited homes available for them. Wild horses have many fears to overcome in order to live in a domestic environment. Their reactions to fear are often misunderstood and taken for aggression. This results in stronger and more dominating methods to "train" them. Often, they wind up at auctions and slaughter plants. Horse slaughter is even more brutal than cattle slaughter because when the stun gun is shot at their faces intending to knock them unconscious, horses typically move their head and are not rendered unconscious. Often, they suffer facial bone fractures. And, they are conscious through the slaughter process.
MHBS started with a homeless, older burro, Rosie who had minimal handling. Shortly afterward, MHBS purchased two "three strike" mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (Traveler and Red Cloud). Three strike mustangs are considered unadoptable or have been passed over for adoption at three events. Sometimes, they have been adopted out and returned.
In later 2018 and early 2019, MHBS fostered a young horse and then a burro for another equine sanctuary. MHBS provided basic groundwork skills and colt starting for the foster horse and some basic handling for the burro.
All equines at our sanctuary are available for adoption.
Red Cloud is a handsome five year old sorrel gelding, about 14.3 hands. Initially, he was extremely fearful and hard to handle. Thus, his training took a long time. Now, his ground manners are good and he has completed colt starting. However, he is still fearful of certain men that he has never seen before. Nevertheless, his handlers, a farrier, and a veterinarian can handle him. When funds are available, he will be started under saddle with a rider.
Traveler is a handsome bay about 13.5 hands high. He has Spanish mustang bloodlines. He is willing, learns quickly and enjoys interacting with handlers and learning new things. He was started in training as a riding horse but he bucks a little and needs more work.. Generally, he gets used to new people rather quickly.
Rosie is a jenny about 12 - 15 years old and about 11 hands high. She has a calming influence on the horses and Carlita and clearly enjoys their company. She loves to be groomed and have her neck scratched. She stands still for the farrier. Rosie has a metabolic disorder but does not require medications, only a reduced sugar diet..
The paint horse is a two year old. He was seized by local authorities from a neglectful situation. He is too young to ridebut has completed colt starting training. If interested in adopting him, email us for more information about adoption.
The pinto burro 15+ years old, (probably over 20). While her health is good and she is easy going and likes attention, she has laminitis/founder. Founder is not curable. It is the result of the coffin bone moving out of place. But she is happy here and enjoys her daily carrot treats and her close companion Rosie..
Our wish list includes funds for additional training under saddle; a used horse trailer; and funds to expand the run in sheds. In addition, we are always restocking the feed and hay stockpiles.
MHBS has the potential to expand and help more equines but needs funding.
Please donate to our organization to help these equines and to help more in the future.
And, huge THANK YOU for our monthly donors who we count on to the provide the basics.
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Your support and contributions to our training costs and operational costs will be greatly appreciated.