“Colonial Spanish Horses are of great historic importance in the new world. They
descend from horses introduced from Spain during the age of conquest of the new world.
They are the direct remnant of the horses of the Golden Age of Spain and that type
is mostly or wholly extinct now in Spain. Our Colonial Spanish horses are therefore
a treasure chest of genetic wealth from a time long gone.”- Dr Sponenberg, Geneticist
and founder of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy in NC
The Santa Cruz Horses have a remarkable ability to connect with humans especially
youth and are the means for children to cope with and perhaps even forget the difficulties
Sunshine Sanctuary for kids and horses needs help raising the money to help Rosie. Rosie had a malignant cancer that without immediate removal of the diseased tissues and ongoing treatment and biopsies, this cancer will aggressively spread throughout her body. At that point there is no treatment and no hope of survival. Rosie is critical member of the Santa Cruz Island Herd, now named the Heavenly Heritage Herd. With still less than 30 horses of this breed in the world, losing another member of this herd makes our dream of keeping them alive for generations to come just that much more out of reach.
*******Update******* Rosie had her baby! On June 18th Rosie gave birth to a healthy filly named Enshalla. She has been a great mother, and has been able to nurse her baby.
“Today a miracle happened. One we never really believed could. We have all been
praying so hard for Rosie, a beautiful cremella mare with a terrible cancer that
has been slowly draining first her sight then her life from her. Everyone at the
Sunshine Sanctuary has lost their hearts to Rosie. The head of the Sanctuary, Christina
Nooner, has sacrificed much for this brave mare. The toll emotionally as well as
financially has been great. Rosie has been carrying a foal which for the last 6 months
nobody thought could be born, much less have mother and filly both survive. There
in a shady pasture at the Sunshine Sanctuary for Kids and Horses is our miracle.
Rosie and Enshalla are alive and doing what mothers and daughters do. There is not
a dry eye anywhere near them, but everyone smiles. We have our miracle and everyone
smiles …for the moment that miracles last we are grateful and we smile.” Mary
Ann Himenes ~ Board Member/Director