Herd Dispersal in VA- Very Time Sensitive

Friends2We are seeking the assistance of good rescues and qualified homes to provide immediate assistance in the rehoming of a large group of needy horses. This herd consists of approximately 40 horses of varying age, most between 2 and 10 years old, containing stallions, mares (many in foal), geldings and colts. They are primarily Appaloosas and we have been asked to provide assistance in rehoming them. They are a semi-feral herd who have been around people but are timid and have not been taught to halter, lead,  or pick up feet.  Some are in need of immediate veterinary care. Many are beautiful animals that will make wonderful companions with just a little TLC. The horses in the picture are not a part of this herd, but they will look just like this with a little care.

The condition of some of these horses is extremely fragile.  This is especially true of some of the mares in foal, and we are seeking immediate assistance from experienced rehabilitators, both as fosters and adopters. We also look forward to hearing from individuals with training backgrounds who can assist these horses in their journey to becoming good equine citizens.

Potential homes should be aware of the time and space requirements needed to work with these horses. You will need a small paddock to work in until you are able to comfortably catch them, and we recommend daily interaction until they are well-socialized. We will be looking for homes that meet our normal standards for adopters and this will include a good veterinary reference, safe shelter and fencing and a source of clean, fresh water. Given the uniqueness of this situation, we are willing to be flexible in some instances.

If you have space in your rescue, farm or heart, please fill out the adoption questionnaire at: http://www.whitebirdapps.com/adopt-a-horse-in-need/ and tell us about yourself and the kind of family your new friend or friends will have.

 

 

 

22 comments to Herd Dispersal in VA- Very Time Sensitive

  • Susan

    We live in Fort Valley, VA. We have 20 acres with three separate paddocks. Our four horses are on a paddock paradise track system. We could take one or two horses IF they have, at a minimum, a negative Coggins test. I can give vet and farrier references if required. No stallions.

    Susan

  • Hi Susan,
    Thank you so much for your response. Just the situation we are looking for. Could you please go to our “Adopt a Horse” page and click on the adoption questionnaire link. Send the completed form to us and we will then provide you with access to the description and photos of horses to be placed. At present we are concentrating on those in greatest need – pregnant mares, foals, and also gelding the stallions. A local vet is on hand and all potential adoptees will have a current coggins. Depending on body condition they may also be vaccinated.
    Thank you again for responding, looking forward to working with you on this project.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Mayfield V-P White Bird

  • Gina

    I would take on a young foal or perhaps foal out a mare if they are up to date with coggins and shots I would not be able to keep the mare permanently tho as I do not have alot of open land. We live on five acres, mostly wooded. I have rehabbed a under yr old colt before (unhandled other then petting and starved, coat matted to the skin and horrible feet) and placed him in a good home. However I live on the Eastern Shore. References are available if desired. Have foaling experience and orphan foal experience as well. no stallions. I have my hand raised gelding, his daughter and a miniature horse.

  • Do you have some pictures posted here of the 40?
    Are the boys all stud horses or are any of them gelded?
    If gelded, how many do you have and what are their age ranges.

    Thank you,
    Cindy in Washington
    tassha2000@yahoo.com

  • Maybe we can help. Send me dome pics. My little rescued donks are getting ready to leave. So much fun to rehab and socialize.
    Lorelei

  • Matthew

    We live in upstate,ny with 15 acres of pasture and a 5 stall horse barn. We are willing to take 4 of the horses if they can be transported to upstate,ny. We currently have 6 horses right know(live in runins) so i have barn space. I just cant take any stallions as i have 4 mares. I have vet and farrier references if needed.

  • Lynn L

    Are all the Mares in foal not use to being handled?
    Thank you
    Lynn

  • Julie Martin

    Can the forms be emailed?? I am hoping to help out. Thanks

  • Kathy jonas

    I can take one if needed. 9 acre farm. 3 horses and a geriatric pony on the farm. I have foaled out mares before and raised babies. Only problem is I am in ohio between Dayton and Cincinnati.

  • Dear Kathy,
    Thank you for your response, we appreciate all the offers of help and are working through all the applications. Go to the Sparky Project page on FB for updated information after our visit to the site yesterday. You can access the Sparky Project Data page on our web site (I think, as it was giving me trouble) by the password 1Sparky! (case sensitive) although it may be accessible directly. Let me know and if you can’t I will send you the files directly.

    We have started the slow process of getting emergency cases out (mainly the pregnant mares and very skinny youngsters) and the stallions and colts gelded. This initial stage is in cooperation with other rescues and is underway. In the meantime we will put your name and address on file. The determining factor for you more long distance applicants will be whether we can cover hauling costs, so in the immediate period we are concentrating on moving horses through our rescue network and with volunteer haulers.

    If you wish to start the application process that will be fine. Our adoption process is comprehensive, and is based on the premise that this will be the final home for the rescued horse. There will be an adoption fee to help cover the expenses of this operation, and it will not be less than the equivalent meat price. We are determined to keep all of these horses out of the slaughter trade route.

    Thank you so much for caring and for your support. Please bear with us as we work through the logistics of this operation.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Mayfield
    V-P White Bird

  • Hi Lynn,

    Thank you for responding. They are not used to being handled, but although shy they can be approached and it would take only a small amount of handling to bring them round.

  • Hi Julie,
    Thank you for responding, as you can imagine we are dealing with a large number of inquiries so apologies for any delay in answering. Please contact us on whitebirdapps@gmail.com but see if you can download the form off the web site from the page on Adopt a Horse. Thank you.

  • Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for your response, we are replying as quickly as we can, but lost Saturday as we were looking over the horses at the site. We appreciate your desire to help out and all such applications are reviewed and processed. Download the application and we will put you in our pending file with other long distance hauls. Once we have the initial horses at risk in safe hands (through sister rescues) we will be looking at individual requests and going through the acceptance process. Sincerely,

  • Hi Lorelei,

    Thank you for responding to this urgent situation, we appreciate your willingness to help. Bear with us as we work through these responses. If you can download the Adoption Questionnaire and send to us that would be great. There will be an adoption fee associate with the horses, and you can see them by going to our Sparky Project data page and typing in !Sparky! as the password.

  • All the boys going for rescue are stallions/colts and all will be gelded at site, or through other rescues, before adoption. The age ranges are bachelor groups of yearlings and 2-3 y.o., plus some older herd stallions. Thank you for your interest.

  • Hi Gina,

    Thank you for caring and for your offer. Go to the Sparky Project page on FB for updated information after our visit to the site yesterday. You can access the Sparky Project Data page on our web site (I think, as it was giving me trouble) by the password 1Sparky! (case sensitive) although it may be accessible directly. Let me know and if you can’t I will send you the files directly. If you are interested in Fostering please contact us on whitebirdapps@gmail.com and we will send you that application form.
    We have started the slow process of getting emergency cases out (mainly the pregnant mares and very skinny youngsters) and the stallions and colts gelded. This initial stage is in cooperation with other rescues and is underway. Hauling at the moment is being handled by the rescues and volunteers but will need to be funded for the bulk of the horses.
    Thank you.

  • I am a trainer in Louisville, Ky that is very experienced with wild or feral horses. If you guys are interested please let me know. Regards and good luck!

  • Hi Rebecca,
    Once the initial group of fragile horses is taken (we are working with other rescues for these) and the stallions and colts are gelded we will be able to take stock and start looking at inquiries from individuals and out of state. Thank you for your interest and kind words it is going to be a long process but we have a lot of support.

  • Robin

    We have 30 acres and have a large barn… 28 total stalls… 12 horses. Lots of room.
    Can take babies. Been looking to adopt so we can take 2 babies.

  • Hi Malena Brisbois here,
    I am an LVT owning a rehab facility in Nokesville. I drive by this herd multiple times a week and always wonder about their situation! I am happy to help move them and maybe foal out mares but I cannot afford any vet / feed bills for them:( but I am happy to donate my expertise and facilities if that helps ? Let me know.
    Kind Regards,
    Malena Brisbois
    Always There Horse Care, LLC
    703/915-6255 cell

  • Hi Robin,

    Thank you so much for contacting us. So sorry for tardy response, I thought we had replied to you. We have had an enormous response to the post. Could you let me know where you are and also go to the adopt a horse page and fill in an application. You can email us on whitebirdapps@gmail.com. The pregnant mares and any foals are going direct to rescue facilities as they are ones in most danger. Once we have completed that exercise we will be looking for homes for a lot of youngsters in the yearling to 5 year age bracket. Sincerely.

  • Hi Malena, I had sent a comment but from our email address so I am not sure you got it. Anyway, thank you for your interest, we have places for the pregnant mares to go at this point, and we are gelding the stallions and colts. We will be working over the next couple of months to rehome the latter and the remaining mares. All of them are now getting feed and veterinary care, but they will need homes, and a large proportion of them are youngsters.

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