Wild Family Band at the Sanctuary
The wild herd family band of Steadfast Steeds are truly “sanctuaried” horses. They live in unbridled freedom together. Some have been traumatized, some choose not to partner with humans, some are easy-going, all are mustangs with diverse personalities.
They are fed and watered, with mostly natural weather shelter. They behave and relate with one another very similarly to family bands in the wild.
When you join with others to sponsor the wild family band,
you’re helping to preserve natural wild horse relationships and behaviors. Even
their living area simulates the landscape they grew up on. The sanctuary depends on sponsorships to
provide enough hay and free-choice minerals to feed the family – especially in
the cold winter months when they need more food to stay warm.
Ina, the lead mare, is a friendly mature bay. She bravely carried her foal through being captured, held in a facility, and then transported to the sanctuary. A few months later, she gave birth to Rowdy, light buckskin. Ina has earned the trust of the family band.
Wanbli is a handsome red roan gelding from the mountain deserts of Colorado. He’s the quiet type who doesn’t draw attention, yet is rightly established as the lead guy.
JJ, the handsome dappled buckskin, is athletic. He loves running behind the four-wheeler to be the first at breakfast. He’s even flashy on the slow-motion videos! His large warm brown eyes are framed by long eyelashes and deepened by his wisdom.
Ignis is a sorrel with a wide white blaze. She’s endured neglect and a dramatic rescue.
Involving 18 hrs. of wintery weather - crossing South Dakota, Wyoming, and then the Colorado Rockies! Her hooves were unhealthily long, causing other problems. And though she was untamed and untrusting, she proved herself a great auntie to a newborn foal. Ignis recovered her healthy hooves in relatively short time while living in the wild horse area, traversing the sandstone rock aka “the dinner plate”. That’s where the herd gets fed, so that they maintain good hoof health naturally.
Mojave aka "Split" (for his unique left ear), is a bay gelding who was gathered from the historic Virginia Range in Nevada. He's a robust and resilient mustang who appreciates humans... from a distance; A bit shy, yet he's not a loner. In fact, he had a partner in the wild. Fortunately, in 2014, Steadfast Steeds was able to rescue Mojave AND his cute red roan mare - who's sanctuary name is "Rosy". And they both still live in unbridled freedom within a family band.
Mojave's favorite fun game is Pegasus - see video clip https://youtu.be/6kjG8gPMp_Q. He's the only horse in the herd who particularly loves the exhilaration of thundering downward through the dry pond - ramping up speed toward the big leap like a 4-legged Evil Knievel!