Welcome to Red Birds Trust

Local Advocates Preserving and Protecting the Onaqui Wild Horses of Utah




ed Birds Trust 501(c)(3) is a grass roots organization based in Tooele, Utah founded by wild horse advocates who live locally and who have immersed themselves in the daily lives of the Onaqui in Utah's west desert.  

It is our goal to help these wild horses live their best lives both on the range and after adoption.  Because all board positions are filled by volunteers donating their time and energy to the cause it then allows for 100% of all donations to go to the betterment of our wild and adopted Onaqui horses.  You can read more about each of the horses we've helped to rescue here.

Red Birds Trust worked in coordination with numerous sanctuaries across the United States and private individuals to ensure placement of 117 Onaqui wild horses from the 2021 roundup and has participated in the rescue and rehoming of 21 more from failed placementsi n 2022 alone.

A direct link to the BLM's 2021 informational page on the Onaqui Roundup which includes number of horses removed can be found on the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/whb/utah/2021-onaqui-wild-horse

Mission Statement

Onaqui Herd Management Area Clean-ups

The Onaqui HMA is located 40 miles southwest of Tooele and covers an impressive 240,153 acres of public and state lands accessed by the historic Pony Express Byway. There are two main bands of Onaqui horses, one in the north and one in the south. When traversing the range on foot it is all too common to come across old barbed wire fences, downed posts, litter and other human waste that can be very dangerous to the horses well-being.

Red Birds Trust has conducted nemerous range cleanups with the help of our local BLM field office and countless volunteers who have traveled to Utah from 13 different states and even several international destinations.  We've been able to remove 15+ miles of old, dangerous fencing to date and look forward to removing more.  Maintaining a volunteer database makes our clean-up efforts seamless and we are excited to have a strong team locally and beyond who are committed to offering their valuable time for the betterment of the wild horses.

Onaqui horses and HMA

Onaqui Education

This organization is passionate about providing accurate information, educational resources and updates of current events t as they relate to the Onaqui horses and HMA. We look forward to sharing information and garnering support for these special horses.

Care of Adopted Onaqui Wild Horses

Rescue & Care of Adopted Onaqui Wild Horses

All 303 Onaqui horses put up for adoption at the Delta Utah BLM facility in December 2021 were adopted into private homes, sanctuaries and/or by TIP trainers.  We are forever grateful for everyone who came through to make this happen by opening their hearts and homes, offering donations and advocating for the best placements for individual horses.

Caring for a horse is a huge commitment on many levels. One that takes time, patience, love and financial committment.  Donations received will be allocated for: providing safe transporation of Onaqui horses rescued from kill pens or at-risk situations, training resources, medical care and other unforseen emergency situations for adopted Onaqui horses including Onaqui adopted by members of this organization.

Red Birds Trust wants to offer a community based approach for care and resources for these special horses and be able to allocate donations to those in need of assistance with their Onaqui due to unforseen circumstances or financial hardship. By building a community who can help each other through the difficult times and celebrate the good we can only hope that it will also help keep them in their forever homes rather than ending up abandoned, in poor health or in kill pens.

A direct link to the BLM's 2021 informational page on the Onaqui Roundup which includes number of horses removed, application for adoption, and adoption requirements can be found at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/whb/utah/2021-onaqui-wild-horse

Please join us on our FaceBook page for a 6 month special project (July 2022 to November 2022) where equine photographers and sanctuaries came together to share their stories of Onaqui rounded up in 2021 that now call these sanctuaries home.  Each month a new sanctuary was be featured with stories and images of their mission, vision, background and current needs. Current images of our Onaqui in their new homes will depict their current lives and give suggestions for how you can help them succeed in the future.

Onaqui horses

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