Last summer WHOAS had to rescue a whole herd of horses that were on private land and faced the threat of being sold to meat buyers. Two of the mares at that time had foals at their side and to assure their safety we turned the mares out with our resident wild herd. Here, along with their foals, they were accepted by the herd stallion “Porterro” and the other mares.
We have now had to wean the foals from their mares in order to make sure of the health of both the mares and the foals. We have started to work with the two foals to begin their journey toward finding a new and loving forever home. One is a filly, “Diamond” and the other is a colt, “Dave“.
We are looking for potential adopters who would be willing to come out to volunteer to work with them, in order to get know and understand them fully. We are also looking for individuals who would like to volunteer and help out with the wild horses we may have to rescue throughout the year.
It will still be 4 – 8 weeks before either of these two adorable little ones will be ready to go to a new home. Their gentling process has started and we hope to expand their trust in us humans.
Here is Diamond who will be a red roan after she loses her winter coat.
Here is Dave.
We want to point out that WHOAS gentles the horses that so that they can be safely handled by their new owners as they then begin their new lives. This means these horses have been gentled to touch and be haltered. They are taught to lead and go into our barn stalls to be fed and groomed. They are taught to step forward in the stall and lift their feet to allow cleaning under and behind them. They are also taught to step forward in the stall and to stand until they are untied and the butt rope is removed. Only then are they asked to back up quietly.
Those that stay longer may have work done on their feet if necessary and possibly desensitized to a saddle pad. We do not train the horses further as the adopters may have a purpose and a method of training suited to their goals. This gentling program we have devised has worked very well even with the older wild horses we have rescued. WHOAS has a registered brand, W over H, right hip, and all horses are freeze-branded.Our adoption process involves submitting an adoption application, which you can download from the home page. We ask a $500 adoption fee which helps us with veterinary costs, feed and other costs to run our rescue facility.
We encourage you to arrange a visit to our facility to meet the horses and our handlers and find out about our Alberta wild horses. Contact us via our email: