In 2021, fate would find The Wild Beauty Foundation when we were contacted about a young, beautiful, but highly emaciated wild horse caught in the slaughter pipeline. Originally rounded up in Idaho, she was deeply mistreated, and found her way into the broken system.
WBF’s Ashley Avis stepped in at the last minute to rescue her, with help from our partners Hoofs & Souls in Texas who transported this very scared little filly in the middle of the night to quarantine, where we assessed her state of abuse and neglect. Despite starvation and other veterinary issues, this brave little horse seemed deeply kind, hopeful, and trusting.
As she recovered, we held a naming contest on social media to grace this horse with a title that fit her spirit. Serendipitously, the star of Disney’s Black Beauty and WBF Ambassador Mackenzie Foy weighed in with a friend, with the suggestion of “Whisper of the Wild”. It was the perfect name, and thus became the filly’s own.
Fate would find us again when Mackenzie ended up adopting Whisper, and we brought her to California. The arrival was emotional and full of tears as Whisper of the Wild stepped off the trailer, and into her forever home. The story of Black Beauty came to life that day, and it was just the beginning.
The bond Mackenzie and Whisper have forged, which Mackenzie details on her social media has been nothing short of spectacular. We are so touched, and proud, to follow their journey. Congratulations, Mackenzie and Whisper.