Happy ending for foals from Dry Creek roundup

Dry Creek Foals. Image/The Cloud Foundation.
Dry Creek Foals. Image/The Cloud Foundation.

Cross-posted from the GreyBull Standard

Four foals, dubbed by wild horse advocates as the “Dry Creek quartet,” are now out of harm’s way and under the care of experienced veterinarian Dr. Lisa Jacobson in Northern Colorado.

The foals—individually named by horse advocates as Maestro, Allegro, Cornet and Piccolo– were separated from their mothers, during a helicopter roundup by BLM and State officials near Sheep Mountain in early March. The Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy group, spearheaded the rescue after a kindhearted stockyard owner spotted the baby horses among the adult horses that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Jacobson, an experienced horse vet and advocate against horse slaughter, estimated that some of the foals were very young at the time they were separated from their lactating mothers.

“It was really staggering that they survived,” said Jacobson. “Some couldn’t have been more than days old at the time of the roundup. Even the oldest was no more than a few months old.”

In spite of their ordeal, Jacobson said the foals were in good health when she received them and they are continuing to thrive.

“If they were sick, we’d be seeing it by now, especially after all the stress they went through,” said Jacobson. “We’re not seeing any coughing or snotty noses. They are eating well and really thriving. At times they are even running, bucking and playing.”

Stacy Newby, co-owner of the Worland Livestock Auction, noticed the foals in the mix with the adults that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Though she had never seen it personally, she said it is common knowledge that foals, not wanted by slaughterhouses, either die during transport or are killed upon arrival.

“I’ve never seen it myself, but I’ve heard that is what happens and my heart just wouldn’t let that happen,” said Newby. “I knew I could save them and I wanted to give them an opportunity to thrive.”

As the colts were being sorted out, Newby said she wanted them.

“I didn’t really ask, it was more like I just said I was taking them,” she said. “My intent was to raise them, tame them, halter break them and then find them homes. We have the setup to do it and so that was my plan.”

Newby convinced those in charge that she wasn’t taking “no” for an answer, and got the brand inspector to process the proper ownership documents, making her the legal owner.

Kim Michaels of Red Lodge, the Cloud Foundation’s Montana representative, contacted Newby, along with other members from the organization.

“I could tell these gals from the Cloud Foundation really wanted these colts,” said Newby. “They seemed very sincere so I let them take them.”

Ownership was then transferred to Michaels and the foals were transported to Colorado, where they will remain for many months until they are deemed adoptable.

“Lisa (Dr. Jacobson) might have them for up to a year,” said Michaels, who is now the legal owner of the foals.

Ginger Kathrens, founder of the Cloud Foundation, said she was happy the organization was able to assist with the rescue of the foals but at the same time heartbroken that the organization was not given the opportunity to adopt the 40 horses that were sold to slaughter.

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What a Veteran: Korean war horse Sgt. Reckless

Korean War Veteran, Sgt Reckless.

This is our second post about the Korean War veteran Sgt. Reckless who happens to be a horse.

We at Tuesday’s Horse first discovered the Sgt. Reckless story in June, 2011. It has gone viral many times over since then, but for those who have yet to hear about her, you are in for a remarkable read.

Here is a bit about Sgt. Reckless from her website:

    “The story of Reckless is not only remarkable – it is unusual. And once you learn about her, you will see why the Marine Corps not only fell in love with her – but honored her and promoted her every chance they got. And it wasn’t just the Marines that served with her in the trenches that honored her – her last promotion to Staff Sergeant was by Gen. Randolph McC Pate – the Commandant of the entire Marine Corps. You can’t get higher than that in the Marines.

    “Reckless joined the Marines to carry ammunition to the front lines for the 75mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines – and she quickly earned the love and respect of all of the Marines that served with her. Lt. Eric Pedersen paid $250 of his own money to a young Korean boy, Kim Huk Moon, for her. The only reason Kim sold his beloved horse was so he could buy an artificial leg for his older sister, Chung Soon, who lost her leg in a land mine accident.

    “Kim’s loss was the Marines’ gain.

    “One of Reckless’ finest hours came during the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March of 1953. At the time of this battle it was written that, “The savagery of the battle for the so-called Nevada Complex has never been equaled in Marine Corps history.” This particular battle “was to bring a cannonading and bombing seldom experienced in warfare … twenty-eight tons of bombs and hundreds of the largest shells turned the crest of Vegas into a smoking, death-pocked rubble.” And Reckless was in the middle of all of it.

    “Enemy soldiers could see her as she made her way across the deadly “no man’s land” rice paddies and up the steep 45-degree mountain trails that led to the firing sites. “It’s difficult to describe the elation and the boost in morale that little white-faced mare gave Marines as she outfoxed the enemy bringing vitally needed ammunition up the mountain,” Sgt. Maj. James E. Bobbitt recalled.

    “During this five-day battle, on one day alone she made 51 trips from the Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites, 95% of the time by herself. She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost FIVE TONS! — of ammunition), walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute. And as she so often did, she would carry wounded soldiers down the mountain to safety, unload them, get reloaded with ammo, and off she would go back up to the guns. She also provided a shield for several Marines who were trapped trying to make their way up to the front line. Wounded twice, she didn’t let that stop or slow her down.

    “Her Military Decorations include two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with star, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, all of which she wore proudly on her red and gold blanket, along with a French Fourragere that the 5th Marines earned in WW1.”

Sgt. Reckless retired in 1960 at Camp Pendleton with the rank of Staff Sargeant. She passed on May 13, 1968 and was buried with full military honors.

Since we first posted about Sgt. Reckless, we are happy to learn that a commemorative 10-foot bronze statue created by Jocelyn Russell was dedicated and unveiled in a special ceremony on July 26, 2013, at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia.

After the war, Reckless, who was praised by The Saturday Evening Post while still in Korea, made several television appearances, including the “Art Linkletter Show.” A film was planned, but ultimately did not materialize and the horse fell from the national conversation, Robin Hutton told Fox News.

Hutton is writing a book and completing a screenplay about Sgt. Reckless she is hoping to have made into a movie. Thank you Robin Hutton for your dedication to this brave equine soldier.


Visit Sgt. Reckless’ website >>

Sgt. Reckless horse by Breyer.
Sgt. Reckless horse by Breyer.

For Our Members! We will hold a prize drawing for a Breyer Sgt. Reckless horse on Monday, November 25, 2013.

What a wonderful gift idea!

Learn more about Int’l Fund for Horses Membership here.

Animals in War Memorial, London, England. Photo by Rob Lovesey.
Animals in War Memorial, London, England.

Yesterday, November 10th, was Animal Remembrance Day, honoring all animals lost in conflicts worldwide. A special ceremony was held in London. It is not too late, wherever you are, to offer a prayer of gratitude for all of our brave war Veterans.

Sgt. Reckless: A Great American Hero

Real life war horse Sgt Reckless was made SSgt twice by the Marines.

Here is a video about a warrior you may never have heard about.

Sgt. Reckless was a Korean War veteran of a different kind. She was a Marine with the 5th Marines Recoilless Rifle Co. SSgt. Reckless was wounded twice in action and went through some of the toughest campaigns of that war.

Reckless was an American icon at the time of the Korean War, but is, sadly, unknown today. There will never be another story like this one.


By Dan Doyle, from the Veterans website >>

Sgt. Reckless has her own website too >>

Amazing rescues: Horse stranded in wash rescued after 5 days (AZ)

Chopper Helps Horse Fly From Sandbar

Colorado, an 8-year-old quarter horse, is airlifted from a sandbar in the middle of the Gila River to the river bank after spending nearly five days trapped.

Cross-posted from The Arizona Republic at AZCentral.com


A horse who was stranded for five days on a Gila River sandbar was rescued Tuesday morning by helicopter and is in good condition.

The 8-year-old horse, named Colorado, was sedated and blindfolded before being strapped to a special harness used for livestock. Around 8:15 a.m., he was lifted off the sandbar in west Buckeye by a helicopter and within minutes was reunited with owner Mark Eshenbaugh.

Colorado had no injuries and was able to stand on his own.

The rescue was paid for by an anonymous donor.

“This went as good as it could have gone,” said Eshenbaugh, who was on the verge of tears as he spoke to reporters. “We were prepared to put him down if he broke his leg. It never came to that.” Read full story >>

Lisa Kemp, The Equine Chronicle, got the backstory on this amazing rescue. Kemp interviewed the heroes involved and filed a behind-the-scenes report.

Here is an excerpt:

Cross-posted from The Equine Chronicle

By LISA KEMP | March 17, 2010

Once the riders realized the danger, it was too late; they were swept several miles downstream. Dolce indicated that one horse and rider were able to escape and call 911. The other riders were then safely rescued, as were the dogs and another of the horses. One horse came up onto the bank downriver, but had a broken leg and had to be euthanized. And then there was Colorado.

Dolce pointed out that once he reached the sandbar in the river, he calmly settled in. “He’s got Bar N breeding, from the Navajo reservation here. These horses are a Mustang/Quarter Horse cross, and they’re renowned for their sensibility,” said Dolce.

The rescue team’s first action was a call to SRP, to be sure there were no further water releases planned for the week. “They weren’t planning any more, but the next few days were going to be really warm, so there was going to be more melt run-off,” said Dolce. That meant they couldn’t wait for the river wash to empty, a frequent tactic in Arizona where flash floods are common this time of year, but water levels just as quickly diminish.

The next step was organizing an airlift, a complicated matter for a horse rescue. “When you lift a horse with a helicopter, they pick up a static charge, which is a concern because it discharges when you touch them,” said Dolce. She indicated the team tried to locate an ‘Anderson sling’ for the rescue, since it eliminates the static concern and is anti-spin, making it more stable for equine rescues. But, it wasn’t happening quickly enough, so they moved on to Plan B.

“A local equine hospital, Southwest Equine Medical and Surgical, brought over their sling. Since it wasn’t rated for a helicopter and we wanted to be sure he didn’t slip out during the flight, we also used what’s called a vertical lift tie,” reported Dolce.

With a firehose wrapped around Colorado much like a bow on a Christmas package, the dual-sling approach allowed the rescuers to feel they’d done all they could to make the process both safe and comfortable for the horse. “We used the sling as the primary harness, since it was more comfortable as a primary lift point, and we used the vertical lift tie as a secondary lift point. We knew if one failed, the other would be there as a back-up,” said Dolce. Read full story >>

Watch Rescue of Colorado Horse >>
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