The vast open range of Nevada was where the Shoshone Indian Horses called home for over two hundred years, they survived the elements mother nature sent their way, living the life they were meant to live until the cruel hand of man intervened. Not only were they transported from the only home they knew to an unfamiliar land, they were transported to a place of suffering and death.
The boundless pastures they once grazed had become a barren wasteland. The only nourishment provided to them came from the urine and manure soaked stall bedding from a ranch nearby.
When they became too weak from starvation to stand, these horses who were once the definition of strength, laid down to die.
There is no sadness like that of a mother not able to provide milk for her young; that baby at it's mother's side as she dies from hunger, then left to die, hungry and alone.
The creek's edge where they had once gathered for a drink of clear, fresh, life providing water had become a filthy puddle; all this suffering at the hand of Man.
The freedom and law of nature that had once ruled this noble, proud herd had been replaced with greed and ego. Their days once filled with life, were filled with suffering and the agony of starvation.
This inexcusable act found an end when individuals from all walks of life came together to create Wild Horses In Need ~ WIN. They transported the surviving horses; mares with their foals, many mares who were carrying foals and the stallions, back to a place of safety, a place of life, a place were freedom can once again rule this herd.
The WIN Horses no longer have the worry of when or where their next meal will come from. They are protected by an umbrella which is held over them by the care and generosity of the supporters of Wild Horses In Need.
WIN is more than a Horse rescue it is a place in the heart, an opportunity to do the right thing. To right a wrong. A sin of grand proportion was created by amember of humanity against innocent inhabitants of this world we all share and call home; WIN has responded and created a formula to make abuse and neglect forever in their past. Accountability + Compassion = WIN.
WIN has made it their Mission of Promise to ensure that these horses remain protected, healthy, and Free. WIN provides freedom. Freedom to run, freedom to graze, freedom to be; More importantly freedom from abuse and neglect, hunger and thirst. 100% of each dollar donated is used to safeguard the health, protection and well being of this Shoshone Indian horse herd.
Accountability is a core element of Wild Horses In Need, defining its very mission and promise: that holding ourselves accountable, choosing the Right in our own lives, choosing to be more than just another witness and standing up against injustice, we can turn a tragic, grave situation such as the mass starvation of horses into an outcome of life and freedom. The WIN Horses possess bloodlines carrying the strength, beauty, kindness and intelligence of their ancestors who lived during a time long ago, a time of discovery and promise. They were the invaluable horses who accompanied the explorers of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Ancestor's whose hooves touched earth no other had, whose eyes saw sights no others had, they stood by man every inch of the way on his journey of new.
The decedents of these loyal companions two hundred years later, forced to suffer the atrocity of deathly starvation. We as members of the human race owe it to protect the surviving horses of this herd. To give them the Freedom they deserve, the freedom that they own.
Together with the help of supporters WIN can continue to stand by them; Ensure their protection; Stand up and be the voice for these dignified, noble and simply beautiful Wild Horses In Need;
They need US; They need YOU; To Triumph; To WIN.