July 24, 2013
After one long day to make the trip west, a day of rest, and one long night to return, our crew pulled up to the ranch at 5:30 this morning with five more horses from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Big Bend State Park Division. These horses, two mares with their babies and a gelding, arrived in perfect shape and after the normal intake exam, shots and microchipping, will be available for adoption.
Habitat for Horses is proud to join hands with the TPWD to insure that any horses in their system that needs rehoming will be handled through our organization. Last year, after thoroughly investigating our program, TPWD signed an agreement with Habitat for Horses that any excess equine be released to us rather than being placed on the “market.” These horses, as previous horses, were used mainly by park personnel for patrols, security and to go in areas where vehicles could not travel. At times, visitors to the Big Bend National Park also used these horses for brief periods.
While the trip is long (15 hours each way), insuring the future of these horses makes it worthwhile. We want to once again thank the TPWD officials for their efforts.
This is our second group of horses from TPWD. Last September, we released the following:
“The park wishes to ensure that these horses continue to serve the public purpose, of possible,” said a TPWD spokesperson, “and that they are properly cared for.” After a brief investigation, it was determined that Habitat for Horses would be the best place for these horses.