Thursday, August 12, 2010
Hope Springs Eternal
Working for a small nonprofit is not something that anyone does if they want to become financially secure. The pay is low, the hours are long, and the frustration can often outweigh the satisfaction. Thankfully, it seems that just when you need it the most, something happens to remind you why you do what you do. Esperanza (Spanish for Hope) is reminding us of that every day that she grows bigger and stronger. Although we know that growing up wild and free is what would be best for her and what we would want - that is no longer possible for her. Our attempts to capture her mother were not successful and after three hours in extreme heat, snake infested habitat, and an extremely aggressive stallion, we knew that she was now our responsibility for the months to come. Without intervention, she would have died.
Through Esperanza, our spirits are rejuvenated and our resolve to always do what is best for the welfare of the wild horses is rewarded. We don’t do it for the money or for recognition. We do it solely in hopes that our efforts will ultimately result in a safe and healthy existence for the Colonial Spanish Mustangs that we are committed to protect. There is no glory in what we do – but thankfully - there is always Hope.