Satanta (Sa-tan-ta) comes from the Kiowa word for white bear. Satanta is one of three young mustangs rounded up in 2021 where all ended up in the slaughter pipeline in July 2023. Front Range Equine Rescue is sponsoring the cost of initial rescue/rehab and other evaluation as the horses recover and receive all caretaking with the Wild Horse Rescue Center (WHRC) in Webster, FL. WHRC provides excellent training and placement of formerly wild mustangs (and other equines) or sanctuary for those who cannot be adopted.
Satanta was not in good condition upon arrival from TX to WHRC in Florida. Allegedly he and the others had been in a quarantine situation for several weeks prior to being cleared to transport. Upon arrival at WHRC, Satanta was provided veterinary evaluation and care and has made slow, but steady progress in his first few weeks of recovery. These horses have suffered a substantial amount of neglect as noted by their body conditions and from results of medical evaluation.
Satanta and his 2 friends (Ahote and Kahana) are mustangs who had received gentling and training before ending up in the slaughter pipeline. It is unknown how ‘humane” this training might have been. Further investigation will likely reveal that either an owner(s) or a “trainer(s)” received funds to take the horses and planned to dispose of them via auction to end up with a kill buyer. Updates to come as information is (hopefully) obtained.
By the 3rd week of their recovery, Satanta and his fellow rescues felt well enough to enjoy turn out in a large arena where they could run, groom each other and eat grass. To see their spirits become uplifted is beyond heartwarming.
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