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Saving a Legacy - Orphaned Navajo Foals

Orphaned Navajo Foals - Ambassadors Raising Awareness for Ecology and Horses

Even from their small ‘cradles’ these baby horse Ambassadors have inspired an awakening in the fulfillment of loving animal care. The heartwarming story of the foals’ rescue and survival is helping to restore hope across multiple cultures for the horses and our lands.

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The first group of 21 orphaned Navajo foals were rescued in late 2013 by Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) under the Navajo Horses Rescue and Recovery Mission. The foals ranging in ages from 1 - 6 months were orphaned during the roundups and had been discovered in life threatening situations after losing their mothers to slaughter.

WFLF has since rescued over 200 imperiled and slaughter bound Navajo and Spanish wild horses out of New Mexico, including dozens of orphan foals and pregnant mares. Volunteer rescue team members from the Wild for Life Foundation continue to place their lives on hold to rescue, recover, evacuate and provide needed ongoing care for survivors.

"This is just the beginning for the orphaned foals," says Katia Louise. "It takes many months for these little ones to heal, and overcome the physical and emotional injuries they sustain during these brutal roundups." Orphaned foals need to remain under special care for several months. Their full recovery can take upwards to a year or more. Deprived of their Mother's milk to nourish and protect them, it takes many months to restore their delicate systems with special milk-replacer feeds and immune building supplements to help them be able to grow and thrive.

You can help these and other orphan foals in need by making a meaningful donation today. Your support will enable us to save more lives.




Conservationists in several parts of the world have been studying the re-introduction of wild equines to the rangelands as a way to restore the natural environment and wildlife. For example, the Konik horses (tarpan wild horses) have been successfully returned to the landscapes in both Britain and the Oostvaardersplassen of the Netherlands. Wild horses are being recognized for bringing light grazing and natural fertilization benefits to the lands where they roam. Their restoration to the rangelands has truly helped to boost biodiversity, and has also encouraged the return of a wider variety of plants and invertebrates.

Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist, WFLF Board Member, and author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” points out that wild horses are a big benefit to the ecosystem. They help to create that very important soil substance known as Humus...which makes the soils more nutrient-rich, adhesive and more retentive to water. This aids greatly in increasing the moisture of soils and elevating the water tables. The manure of wild horses builds the soils and disperses the intact seeds of many species to a much greater degree than cattle and sheep. Wild free-roaming horses also greatly reduce the possibility of catastrophic fires which can sterilize the soils and destroy its seed banks.

In fact, arguments made by proponets of slaughter and in favor of the removal wild horses from open range-lands as a necessity for cattle grazing can no longer be accepted. Recent findings through Princeton University have shown how combining wild equine grazing together with cattle may actually create beneficial effects for cattle. According to the Princeton University's Morgan Kelly, “Two recently published papers — including one in the journal Science — offer the first experimental evidence that allowing cattle to graze on the same land as wild horses can result in healthier bovines by enhancing the cows' diet”. Experiments like these have not yet been carried out on US soil, but the findings indicate that more dialogue and research is called for. "Clearly, blanket statements that wild equids invariably compete with livestock can no longer be accepted” states Michael Coughenour, a senior research scientist at the Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

We are honored and grateful to be blessed by these very special orphaned Navajo foals whose lives are a testiment to their ability to heal our hearts and our lands. Through these foals' survival, rescue and recovery they are now bringing this powerful conservation and preservation ethic to the world; a message that illuminates how letting go of the old can lead to paths of environmental replenishment, healing and harmonious coexistence.

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