This is a story about family -- a small family of horses and the community that embraced these horses and stood up for them. The Deer Run herd, as they are known, is a small band of wild horses that lived outside Carson City, Nevada. They are the poster family for all wild horses who are subjected to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) reckless and inhumane management policy. The BLM arrogantly lied to the media and local community about the reasons for removing this family from their home on the range.
Over tremendous community opposition, the BLM proceeded with the trapping of the horses, refusing to take simple steps to leave this family on the range where they have lived for decades. Read the story of the Deer Run wild horses and their cold-hearted capture by the BLM: The Last Roundup at Deer Run, by Annie Jantzen.
Photo by Cat Kindsfather
Although heartbroken that the BLM rejected its pleas to work with the community to keep the Deer Run horses on the range, locals once again pulled together to support a plan to keep the family together by sending them to a sanctuary where they could remain free and wild for the rest of their lives.While the BLM failed these horses horribly, the local community rallied and showed that wild horses truly "enrich the lives of the American people."
Left photo by Karen Sue Hopple, right photo by Cat Kindsfather.
The BLM captured 11 adult horses from the Deer Run family in February 2013. Four of those horses (all fillies) are going to Colorado where they will live with their father (the original stallion of the band) and brother. The remaining 7 members of the family (plus 2 newborn foals) will live at the private California sanctuary. Five horses were transferred to this California sanctuary on Monday March 25.The two mares, who gave birth in BLM's holding pens, arrived with their foals at the sanctuary on Friday, April 26.
AWHPC is proud to have played a role in making certain that this small band will forever be kept together and live as wild horses at a private 2,000-acre sanctuary in northern California.
On Friday, April 26, 2013, two mares and foals of the Deer Run family (Coco and Fairlight) arrived at the private sanctuary with their two foals (both girls). Fairlight's little four-week-old foal is Hummingbird because the star on her forehead looks like a little hummingbird. Coco's foal's name is to be confirmed soon. Mothers and babies are doing well. They will be kept in the observation pen until they are reunited with their family next weekend.
Video above courtesy of Ellen Holcomb.
More photos of the reunion and family at the ranch here.
All members of the family are doing well. Luna/Whitelight continues to be the thoughtful and watchful leader of her family. I noticed that Rio, the gelded stallion, takes more of a leadership role than I saw in the past -- although he is very respectful of the matriarch Luna/Whitelight; he keeps a watchful eye on all members of the family. Rio seems especially watchful over Diva and Jezebel.More updated photos and information here.
New baby was born yesterday to Jezebel, part of the Deer Run wild horse family who were rescued with assistance from AWHPC after being captured by the BLM. Jezebel, her new baby and the others are happy at the northern California ranch of AWHPC supporter Ellie Phipps Price.
Another new baby -- a filly named Elf, was born on October 8th, 2013 to the matriarch of the family, Luna.
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