140 Rescued Mustangs — Now well fed
Imagine seeing a herd of mustangs, expecting to see strong, muscular physiques, shining coats and boundless,
frolicking energy, only to find a set of horses that were more bone than muscle, with thickly matted winter coats
still hanging on, even though the summer heat was over 100 degrees. This is exactly what Carol Bennett
encountered when she was summoned to help with 140 mustangs rescued from the brink of death.
“A mare and her foal could barely stand, their ribs were thinly covered by their thin skin and the mare was unable
to produce milk,” says Bennett. “It was just too much to bear. I knew that these horses needed a high level of
nutrition, immediately.” Calling the endeavor the “Mustang Project,” Bennett worked with a group of veterinarians
to rescue the horses from otherwise certain death due to starvation and malnutrition.
An extensive and exhaustive routine of treatment included supporting the overall health of the animals with
probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. “While many of the horses needed specific medical treatment,” says
Bennett, “The 22 that received an additional element, blue green algae, which contains a broad spectrum of
bioavailable micronutrients, recovered the most quickly and completely.” This blue green algae is
Aphanizomenon-flos aquae, a wild, natural algae harvested from Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon by our company.
“These horses’ ribs became completely covered more readily than the others, their coats regained their natural
sheen, their eyes became bright and clear, and they regained their energy and vigor quite quickly,” says
Bennett. “My only regret for the whole project is that all 140 horses didn’t get to eat blue green algae for the
three months of their rehabilitation.”
Budgetary constraints did not allow for the inclusion of blue green algae for all of the horses, however all of them
received intensive natural and medical treatments and all 140 have fully recovered. Bennett reported from the
field in December 2000, “All of the horses have been placed in new homes – 134 of them went to a 1,000 acre
private range in Montana and the other six were placed in permanent foster care.”