Help Feed the WY14 saved from slaughter


Dear Friends of wild horses and burros,

After a stealth Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup, paid for with tax dollars, 37 wild horses were sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse.

These wild horses from the Bighorn Basin and Pryor Mountain area were found 1 mile from a former protected Heard Area, zeroed out in 1987, known as Dry Creek/Foster Gulch. The heritage herd had been on the range for generations but the State of Wyoming didn’t want them roaming free on public land anymore so they called in the BLM to round them up.

In March the herd was chased by helicopters and rounded up at taxpayer expense, handed over to the Wyoming Livestock Board and sold at auction to a Canadian slaughterhouse for $40 a piece. 23 herd members over the age of 2 were slaughtered to be eaten abroad before we got involved.

I’m grateful actor Mark Boone Junior and I were able to secure all 14 youngsters ages 8 months to 2-years-old and get them out before they were slaughtered too. We call them the WY14. Sadly all their mamas and papas were butchered at the Canadian slaughterhouse shortly after the clandestine roundup.

On Memorial Day weekend we transported the WY14 out of the Montana feedlot to a ranch, in California near Reno where they will stay temporarily until they move down to their home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While at the ranch , Protect Mustangs pays for all their hay and these youngsters need to eat a lot. Right now the orphans eat about 3 bales a day. We need your help to feed the 14 survivors. We have started a fundraiser here: Please share it with your friends and family so we can raise the money for hay to help the survivors of the roundup.

Grass hay locally is $17.50 for a 100 pound bale, if we buy it in 2 ton loads–otherwise it is $20 a bale at the feed store plus the gas to pick it up. We would like to buy grass hay by the ton to stretch dollars. Once the WY14 move to the Greater Bay Area, the heritage herd will need hay until we can find irrigated pasture for them.  Please make a donation today to help feed the young wild horses who have lost their freedom and their families but have survived the horrors:

For more information about the plight of the WY14 visit We are a California nonprofit. While we are applying for our 501c3, donations are retroactive, but even so, for this Hay Drive we are under The Wild Horse & Burro Fund which is part of the Andean Tapir Fund–an established 501c3 so your donations are tax-deductible right now. All donations go directly toward buying hay minus the fund-raising widget fee (4.5%).

Please help by making a donation for hay right here:  These 14 little orphans are skinny and need good quality hay to grow strong. Every dollar goes to nurture and feed them so they can heal from the trauma of the roundup and the loss of their families.

The WY14 know people care about them. They felt everyone’s prayers to find them before it was too late. Now they are counting on us all to come together and buy hay so they can grow strong and have the best chance at a new life. Please share this post with your friends and family because it takes a village. . .

In gratitude,



Anne Novak

Executive Director

Protect Mustangs





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Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who educates, protects and preserves native and wild horses.

5 thoughts on “Help Feed the WY14 saved from slaughter

  1. Thanks, Anne, for spending so much of your time and resources to rescue the WY14! It seemed an impossible task but you–and some wonderful supporters–did it! I’ve donated and hope it helps give the WY14 food, vets and a long happy life.

  2. Thanks Anne for this wonderful fight you’re doing… and for always be there for this marvelous horses…. even when some others tried to take advantage of the situations only to make a name or money … wish I could be there helping you… and as a photographer to report about all the GREAT work you’re doing…

  3. Just visited these rescued horses yesterday and they are progressing but need our continued support. They have been through hell on earth but are picking up where they left off thanks to the TLC of Protect Mustangs and the folks at Wynema Ranch. But continued support is needed.

  4. It would be preferrable to have left these beautiful mustangs on the open range where they belong, but since slaughter was their only other option in this case, it’s now incumbent on us all to help care for the endangered equines. Please dig deep and send what you can today so that Protect Mustangs can buy a large truckload of hay for them, vs. paying much more for a few bales at a time.

  5. These are all youngsters. They need feed and a new home. Help Protect Mustangs raise funds to care for them. They need your care and respect.

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