Bear the Alpine Gelding
Bear the Alpine Gelding
Bear the Alpine Gelding
Bear the Alpine Gelding
Bear the Alpine Gelding

Bear the Alpine Gelding

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Bear the Alpine Gelding's Story:

Bear has one of the most heart wrenching stories of ALL the Alpine Wild Horses! Bear has lost his family band not once, not twice, but THREE times.

When the round ups were announced & began in October 2022, there was a shooting where 48 Alpine Wild Horses were brutally massacred, and Bear lost most of his family. Of course he gathered a new family, by joining up several of the members of other bands who lost many of their family members, but again tradgedy struck and his whole new family was caught in the trap. Bear jumped out, regaining his freedom, but losing his family for the second time. Bear once again gathered a new family from remnants of those Alpine Wild Horses lucky enough to evade the trapsite, but then again they were all caught. This time Bear stayed with hi family, but was ultimately separated from them and each member was individually put through the infamous Rail Lazy H Auction.

Many Alpine Wild Horse Advocates contacted us along this journey to see if we could pull him from the auction, but absolutely NO ONE in our group of rescues, advocates, or outside individuals were approved to bid in the Rail Lazy H auction due to one heinous reason or another. We watched painfully as the auction ended with no bids, and every single horse went back to Rail Lazy H owner, Jackie Hughes. It was decided that the horses from this auction would be used for a training competition followed by an auction. A mere month later, his spirit being broken and his body ridden, he was showcased by his trainer at Camp Verde.

No auction followed the competition as promised, even though multiple Alpine Wild Horse Advocates were present and ready to purchase Bear following the show. He was lost once again, and his future seemed to be the most grim....

In December 2023 we were able to save one of Bear's original mares, Swan, and his last foal, Birdie, from another one of Rail Lazy H's auction's! After the auction, we learned that we actually already had Swan & Bear's yearling, Flamingo, at our sanctuary from a previous group of various Alpine Wild Horses that were rejected last minute by the sanctuary they were supposed to go to. Immediately, we were motivated to find Bear and reunite this portion of their family!

Through our partner Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and a lucky spotting of an online sale ad, Bear was FOUND! We were able to pull off a Christmas Miracle for this family that has been torn apart, separated, and subjected to the madness of contractor Rail Lazy H and various trainers, for MONTHS.

They are all three now reunited at Nirvana! Bear is the most gentle father and he is never more than a few feet from his little girl Birdie! Their affection is incredible to see.

Bear is healing from his trauma of being "trained" and is very curious about humans. When I sit with them he comes over, hands his head and droops his lip, taking a peaceful nap in my presence. This is the first step to realizing no human will ever again harm him or touch him in a way he does not want!

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The beloved Alpine Wild Horses of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona are under attack. After the Forest Service announced a complete removal of the entire herd of 400 horses from the hundred thousand acre forest area in 2022 there have been multiple shooters running rampant around the forest and shooting any horse they can find. In the latest shooting in October 2022, 40 horses were  found dead and an additional 15 horses were missing and presumed dead. There were also multiple horses injured with gunshots and still alive, wondering why they fell victim to such a madman in their typically peaceful forest home.

So far over 200 Alpine Wild Horses have been rounded up. In the latest round ups in the summer of 2023, members of the Alpine Wild Horse Herd have been found with broken legs, dumped off the sides of the road near the "trapsite" that the contractor Rail Lazy H is using the round up this historic herd. The contractor dumped their bodies after stressing them so much inside of the trap they break their legs by crashing into the panels trying to escape. Once injured, the horses are then shot. In one case, a mare with a broken leg was shot in the lungs and left to die an agonizing death hours later at a site where her body was found far from where she was shot.

The Alpine Wild Horses have called the high altitude forests of Alpine, Arizona home for  many years. The Arizona state historian even verified that these majestic horses are remnants of Spanish horses left behind from Fransisco Vasquez de Coronado's expedition through the area in the 1540's! They are quite literally living history, and deserve to be honored and preserved as such! Unfortunately, the interests and sway of the local welfare ranchers who pay under $2 per month to graze one cow on public land far outweigh the locals admiration of the Alpine Wild Horses and ultimately the horses will be removed to allow more grass for the ranchers cattle.

By sponsoring an Alpine Wild Horse, you ensure that the legacy of these graceful animals will live on, even when there are zero Alpine Wild Horses left in the wild. Nirvana Mustang Sanctuary is permanently home to 50 Alpine Wild Horses!

Sponsorship Tiers:

Bronze Sponsorship: $15/mo

For the Horse: Some Monthly Hay Cost Covered

For the Sponsor: Mustang's Full Known History, Mailed Photos of Your Mustang (one time), and a Monthly Mustang Update

Silver Sponsorship: $30/mo

For the Horse: Some Monthly Hay Cost Covered

For the Sponsor: Mustang's Full Known History, Mailed Photos of Your Mustang (one time), and a Monthly Mustang Update

Gold Sponsorship: $75/mo

For the Horse: Half of the Monthly Hay Cost Covered

For the Sponsor: Official Certificate of Sponsorship, Mustang's Full Known History, Mailed Photos of Your Mustang (one time), a Monthly Mustang Update, a t-shirt (one time), Invites to Sponsor Only Events at the sanctuary to meet your mustang!

Platinum Sponsorship: $125/mo

For the Horse: Partial Monthly Hay Cost Covered

For the Sponsor: Official Certificate of Sponsorship, Mustang's Full Known History, Mailed Photos of Your Mustang (one time), a Monthly Mustang Update, a t-shirt (one time), a Mug with your Mustang on it (one time), invites to Sponsor Only Events at the sanctuary to meet your mustang!

Diamond Sponsorship: $200/mo

For the Horse: FULL Monthly Hay Cost Covered, Deworming, any Hoof Trims or Dental Work Needed

For the Sponsor: Official Certificate of Sponsorship, Mustang's Full Known History, Mailed Photos of Your Mustang (one time), a Monthly Mustang Update, a t-shirt (one time), a Mug with your Mustang on it (one time), Wall Canvas featuring your Mustang, Invites to Sponsor Only Events at the sanctuary to meet your mustang!