Today was one of the most incredible days we have ever had since I started following the horses in 2015.
One of the Broadfoot foals has been missing since early September, around Labor Day weekend.
As we continued to track and follow the herd, the foal was nowhere to be found.
About a week or so ago, I talked to a trail rider, and he shared that he could hear a little foal whinnying for its mom back in the woods where he was riding.
I told him about the missing foal from the Broadfoot herd, and he was eager to share what he knew.
I took good notes, and then we started to search the area to see if we could find the foal.
The little foal has been presumed dead, along with the other foal that is confirmed dead for a few weeks now.
It was such a joy to see the 4 new foals at Broadfoot earlier this year, but I knew based on experience that all 4 probably would not survive, making every time I got to see them more precious and enjoyable.
Over the last week, we have made attempts every day to try and find the foal. This is not an easy task because we are searching deep in the backcountry, which is very rugged and remote. The expense of looking for the missing horses is also a concern. I am always willing to donate my time; however, like most people, I have limited funds, and I live on a budget.
Very few people even attempt to go into the backcountry because of the difficulty level and likelihood of getting your vehicle stuck. You can only go so far, even with a lifted 4WD truck, and then the rest of the time, you are on foot hiking. This often means crossing streams or rivers, hiking in grass and weeds chest-high, etc.
Today was a magical day, and all of the hard work paid off because we put all the clues together over the course of the last 10 days, and we found the missing foal and mare from Broadfoot!
They were over 20 miles back in the rugged backcountry. I am honestly amazed that we found them.
The story isn't over yet because we have not found the main herd in a couple of weeks, and the missing foal and mare have not joined back up with them. I am hopeful the mare will find the main herd and the entire group can be reunited and together again.
I will keep you posted as we know more and the story continues to unfold. At least for now, we know the missing foal is safe with her mom, and they have a fighting chance to get back to safety with the rest of the herd.
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WE FOUND THE MISSING FOAL!!
As you can see in the video clip above, the missing foal and mare ran right in front of us. We could barely believe our eyes.
In the clip below, you will notice how the little foal is glued to the mare's side, and with any movement mom makes, the foal is like velcro with her.