Wild Horse Spirit Ltd.
and "Charlie Wild Horse"
Charlie (short for
Wild Horse) was born March 22, 1998 about
So What AboutMona, Sparky and Red?
What is their rescue Story?
(above and left) 11-30-96 Red, a hunky sorrel wild horse stallion, injured his left leg. He was temporarily trapped in order for the vet to exam him. He was treated with antibiotics and subsequently released. While he was trapped, a roan stallion attempted to win over Mona (left) and her baby, Sparky, who were free-roaming in the Hidden Valley community before a fence was built around the community to keep wild horses out. However, Mona was a free-thinking spirit. After Red was released, the threesome were together again.
|(right) On 1-1-97, the day of the big Truckee Meadows flood, Sparky, lying down, Mona, standing close to him, and Red were quietly weathering the rain in the park and the eventual flood.|
|(left) 1-8-97 Washoe County at urging by concerned citizens tried painting strips, simulating a cattle guard, to prevent wild horses from roaming from Hidden Valley onto new Mira Loma Road to the luscious grass in Mira Loma Park. This idea worked for the bachelor band of wild horses that included Billy, but Mona had no fear. She continued to walk across the painted stripes to the park with Sparky and Red following behind her.|
1-25-1997, Reno Animal Control (RAC) officers, unknown to us,
herded, Mona, Sparky and Red, across busy
4-lane McCarran Blvd. to Longley Lane and into large animal
control pens. The above photos were taken of Sparky, Mona,
and Red on the right. Their freedom lost.
Because of political issues at that time, the threesome was held
at RAC for several weeks, even though Wild Horse Spirit would have
taken them immediately. Both Mona and Sparky
lost weight. Mona's milk dried up. The brand
inspector thought Mona was an old mare because of her
condition, but it turned out she was only about 4 years old.
Finally, they were released to Wild Horse Spirit in May 1997 by
the Agri Department, but through Storey County's VRWPA which meant
they must be freeze branded with "SC". With lots
of groceries and TLC, the threesome gained weight and settled in
at Wild Horse Spirit. As you can see above, Mona is
one beautiful wild horse mare and is a love.
During a visit by a class of young handicapped students on 10-31-2001 to Wild Horse Spirit, one little girl who reportedly was "quiet" and "non-communicative" by her school, went up to Mona and began having a long conservation with her. Her teacher was elated. Mona, indeed, is one special spiritual being as was the little girl who immediately bonded with Mona and began to talk to her.
(above) 9-27-97 Red, now fat and a big teddy bear. Was gelded in May 97.
(right) 7-9-97 Steve is gentling
Sparky, whose mother, Mona, later
was noted to be pregnant with Red's foal, Charlie Wild
Horse during the period at RAC. See Charlie above.
More photos to come of Sparky, now grown, Red, Mona and Charlie. Charlie is a "clone" of Red with both Red's and Mona's sweet deposition. You won't believe how handsome Sparky is at his adoptive home in Gardnerville. And he has Mona's sweet deposition.