Operation Badlands Mustang Rescue
Legacy Mustang Preservation is proud to announce a recently formed relationship with an outstanding organization known as North Dakota Badlands Horse. In September of this year, more than 100 North Dakota Badlands Mustangs will be gathered and offered for public auction. Legacy has been asked to receive as many as 25 of these horses, giving the East Coast enthusiast a rare opportunity to view, learn from, appreciate, or adopt and own a Mustang from one of the most well documented herds left in America. The horses are slated for removal by the National Park Service for reasons of herd management. We are very proud to have been entrusted with these precious creatures. We at Legacy Mustang Preservation invite you to undertake this with us. What follows is a description of the horses and North Dakota Badlands Horse provided by the organization itself:
The wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park have run in the rugged breaks of the North Dakota Badlands for more than 150 years. They carry the blood of Native American horses, Cavalry remounts, pioneer farmers’ and ranchers’ horses, as well as wild horses never touched by human hands. Through drought, scorching heat, and blizzards with gigantic snow drifts and temperatures with wind chill factors of 40 below zero, they have survived. Since only the strong endure long enough to reproduce, they have become a hearty herd, with strong spirit, body, mind, and feet. Since the construction of the park fence in 1957, the horses have roamed freely in the 44,000 acre park, but have not always been welcome. Some called them an invasive species, advocating their removal. Because President Theodore Roosevelt spoke of them when he lived in the area, they were allowed to exist as a small demonstration herd under the control of the National Park Service. In order to manage the population, the National Park Service periodically removes horses from the range, offering them at public auction locally. In September 2013, more than 100 will be removed and offered to the highest bidder.
In 2009, a small but enthusiastic group, North Dakota Badlands Horse, was established for the purpose of registration and tracking of the horses that have been removed and sold. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, the organization provides a network of support for the new wild horse owners. More than 30 horses are currently registered, with registrants receiving a full color certificate with a five generation pedigree. The organization’s Facebook page, North Dakota Badlands Horse, has become a busy center for the exchange of information, stories, and photos of the horses and their new owners. The group has joined with other wild horse lovers and advocacy groups to launch a campaign to educate potential buyers as to the facilities and skills needed to handle a wild horse and to see that all of them are saved from slaughter. North Dakota Badlands Horse sincerely thanks all of the wonderful people who are assisting them in this effort.
We fully understand that our cause is a just and noble one. We are truly humbled every time the phone rings with an opportunity such as this. We provide the sanctuary and the expertise to make this possible, but it can only happen with your help. We are currently accepting donations earmarked for the Badlands herd. Funds raised will go to the purchase at auction, transportation, gelding, vetting, and care of these horses as they enter. Several of the horses will be stallions but as yet we do not know how many. All funds will go DIRECTLY to the care and security of the horses. We take this charge very seriously and invite the public to view the horses upon arrival and at any time thereafter. We will post more as we know more, but we ask that you please consider supporting the arrival of and care for the North Dakota Badlands Mustangs entrusted to our care!
Legacy Mustang Preservation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.