Aww!
Wild horse can’t contain joy when he reunites with long-lost soulmate
Goliath was so happy to see Red Lady after six months apart. And she had some wonderful news to share with her mate.
Patricia Lynn
04.27.22

One October day, a 26-year-old wild horse named Goliath was out with his herd like usual. Suddenly, government helicopters descended on the herd.

Goliath charged at the helicopters to try to protect his herd.

But it didn’t work. The Bureau of Land Management corralled all the horses into holding pens. Then, they began the process of separating the herd.

Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook
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Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook

The Bureau of Land Management regularly rounds up wild horses who live in the American West. They do this to give cattle ranchers more space for their herds to graze. Typically, the wild horses will be auctioned off, and in the best-case scenario, they’ll spend their lives at sanctuaries. Sadly, though, horse families are often separated during this process.

That’s just what happened with Goliath. Goliath and his mate, Red Lady, were sent to separate locations during the corralling process.

Goliath went to a holding facility in Utah, and Red Lady went to live on a farm in Colorado. The couple didn’t know if they’d ever see each other again.

Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook
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Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook

Red Lady’s new owner tried to tame the mare, but she wasn’t having it.

She was desperate to get back to Goliath, and soon, her new owner realized why: Red Lady was pregnant, and she wanted to be with the father of her foal.

Even though Red Lady’s owner loved the horse, she knew she couldn’t keep her. She needed to be with her mate.

Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook
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Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook

Through the grapevine, the woman heard that Skydog Sanctuary in Oregon was trying to buy Goliath.

The 9,000-acre sanctuary would be the perfect place for Goliath — he would have tons of space to roam and graze. The sanctuary was busy fundraising, trying to raise enough money to buy the stallion.

During this time, Red Lady’s owner got in touch with Clare Staples, the founder of Skydog. She told Clare that she wanted to send Red Lady to her sanctuary:

“She wanted her to be reunited with Goliath so they could have their foal in peace and live forever together,” Staples told The Dodo. “We transported Red Lady and we waited for the adoption and we were terrified we wouldn’t win the bid.”

Thankfully, the sanctuary received the donations they needed, and they were able to adopt Goliath! The rescuers brought Goliath to the sanctuary, and he ran through the snow, so happy to be free.

Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook
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Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook

Then, Goliath’s rescuers surprised the stallion by bringing Red Lady into the field.

As soon as Goliath saw her, he ran right over to her, and they joyfully reunited:

“Goliath spotted her and ran half a mile to her side in the snow,” Staples said. “She trotted to him, tail high, floating through the snow, and he immediately put his nose to her belly as if he knew she was carrying his baby.”

SkyDog shared a video of the reunion on Facebook, and it quickly went viral. Everyone loved the touching moment Goliath put his head on Red Lady’s belly.

A few months after arriving at Skydog, Red Lady gave birth to a healthy foal. The horse is happy and well cared for by both of his parents.

After losing their home, these horse soulmates didn’t know if they’d ever see each other again. But thankfully, they’ve found a home where they’re safe and can raise their little one in peace.

Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook
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Skydog Sanctuary via Facebook

Red Lady and Goliath have now been at Skydog for a few years, and they’re doing wonderfully. The family loves being together, and they enjoy spending their days relaxing and grazing on the grass.

Goliath recently had his 30th birthday, and Skydog put out a video to celebrate. Check out that sweet video below!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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