Golconda, NV
Organizer: Palomino Armstrong (Lauri Elizabeth Armstrong)
of $40,000 goal
47% Complete
Raised by 259 donors

The Story

Please help us raise enough funds to finish the "blind pen" for our wild mustangs we rescued.  Shadow (our blind baby) has found a wonderful home, but the blind horses rescued from the ISPMB rescue in South Dakota still need a safe "blind playpen".   They are special needs and deserve a wonderful place to land where they can run and play and be a horse.

We also need funds to finish the nurseries for the orphan foals and set up more shelters for the incoming horses saved from slaughter, as well as fence the donated 6 acres adjacent to our stallion area.


PHASE 2:  Not only does Shadow still need her new pen, (although a shelter is on the way PTL!!), due to the situation at ISPMB in South Dakota we will be welcoming at least two new blind horses to live with Shadow.  We have incurred thousands and thousands of dollars expense in helping to take some of the excess horses with special needs from the rescue in South Dakota.  As we specialize in critical care, we deliberately chose the ones who needed extra help, and although it is costly, we have gotten them whatever care they needed.

We have to drive over 1100 miles each time we go, and to date my husband is on trip number 5 and I am on trip number 4 as I actually stayed on site for several months.  We are heading back up as I write this and may be staying 4-6 weeks, depending on the outcome of the Court Hearing on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Either way, most likely more horses will need to be rounded up and sorted so I will be staying to do that and Matt will be hauling horses.  This is a very expensive maneuver and we desperately need your help.   To date all of us together have helped place 270 horses.  There are still 540 horses whose fate is uncertain.  But we know for sure that Matt has to make at least 3 more trips minimum to get the horses.

So due to the special needs horses we are adding to the mix, there will be even more shelters and pens needed.  So please help if you can.

PHASE I :  SHADOW is a blind, wild, orphaned foal.  Not only was her whole family ripped away from her and sent to slaughter, she had a horrific accident and head injury.  Life is a bit scary for her, as not only is she blind, but still quite wild.  So everything is harder right now.  She and the other orphans need your help!

During the "sorting", while her family was loaded on to the slaughter truck, and her mama was screaming for her as she was ripped away, Shadow panicked and ran into a panel, smashing her head so hard it ruptured her eye and severely damaged her other eye. 

She needed surgery to remove her eye and she is now blind for all intents and purposes. 

We need to build her a large, SAFE pen and put up a shelter for her.  We need shelter for all the orphans but need to make a special and safe shelter and pen for Shadow and her "buddies".

It is getting cold here and she needs to be able to exercise and play and have a shelter she can easily get in and out of.  She needs a separate area just for her so she can "know her space" and run and play like a normal baby. 

She is doing extremely well but she will need a larger place asap.  We also need to provide more shelter for the other orphans and rescued horses before winter.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 3, 2017


Posted on August 3, 2017

In the last two months we have been able to pull a total of 107 wild mustangs from Yakama WA and another couple orphans from Nevada.  Unfortunately, this has been quite the drain on our budget, and it makes fencing the property and building more shelters an urgent matter.  We now have 13 orphaned foals, several who have rather severe injuries.  The milk alone costs a fortune, so we really appreciate anyone who can help.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of saving all these horses.  These kids would have shipped directly with not even a chance at auction.  We are grateful to everyone who is making this possible!

Posted on May 15, 2017


Posted on May 15, 2017

At this point we have Midnight Onyx, a huge black (recently gelded) stallion who came from ISPMB.  He is completely blind and spent 24 hours a day fighting when he was in South Dakota.  He is settling in well, but needs more space, and it needs to be a space that is completely safe for a huge, panicked horse if something scares him.  He has already knocked down a huge part of the barn when he was panicked by the free range cattle.  We also have another blind mare, as well as 3 orphaned foals, (with one on the way) and more horses coming in next week.  We have 7 who are special needs at this time or who have emotional or physical issues.   We have an additional 6 heading to a new home if we can raise the money for transport.  Please help if you can!

Posted on February 9, 2017


Posted on February 9, 2017

We are back in "below freezing" South Dakota once again.  Unfortunately this time we cannot stay on site so that adds more expenses to the project.  We are working in -18 below wind chill temps and it is not fun. 

However, we are making progress.  We have had to purchase thousands of dollars of panels, and unfortunately many of them are being used to secure unsafe areas where the horses are at risk of being injured from loose barbed wire and jagged hog fencing.  The areas where we work the horses and put pressure on them to round them up, sort and load have to be safe.

We need about $1100 +/- each day for hay at ISPMB, and although there are several folks all working together to fund raise for this effort, we are still short of the funds needed to ensure this mission is a success.  Meanwhile, back at the rescue in NV, we are having to pay a "ranch hand" to care for the members of our rescue, which include 6 babies from ISPMB as well as the blind ISPMB filly and of course the other horses.  We have spent close to $3000 in milk products for the 6 and they are starting to do much better.

Please help us save the rest of the nearly 500 horses so we can go home and take care of our own rescue.  Thank You! 

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