On June 15th 2012, Dutch Laura witnessed a neglected, exhaustend and starving mare from a group of 15 horses and filly’s with the same fate die in her arms. After this experience, Laura felt like just standing by was no longer an option. Los Caballos Luna was born.
Los Caballos Luna, which literaly means ‘Horse In Need Spain’, takes care of horses in Spain that are in need. Horses that have been abused, dumped in abandoned stables, released in villages or along the highway, starved and left for dead because their owner could no longer afford the maintenance. Often, these horses are in terrible condition the moment Los Caballos Luna gets in contact with them for the first time.
From the moment a report comes in, the foundation starts with all official bodies to receive the horses. This includes the permission of various authorities, the various permits to transport a horse from location to location, the vet to check the overall health, checking whether the horses are registered (chip and passport) and the transport itself to the foundation. Depending on how ‘quickly’ the authorities put all signatures under the required papers, the horses can be transported to Los Caballos Lunas location. Sometimes it takes a week, sometimes it can also take months.
In addition to all the paperwork and bureaucratic hassle, Los Caballos Luna will of course also look at how much the entire rescue operation will cost. Is it feasible, can the horses be saved? Fortunately, they have not yet had to leave even one single horse, thanks to the financial support of their donors, volunteers, sponsors, trainees, etc. Without these people, the foundation will cease to exist.