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Local Woman Is One of Many Who Save Wild Horse Foals From An Uncertain Future

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SELAH, WA-- “It's a hard thing to see knowing what their fate is, so for me and the people that were with me it was just very emotional," said Kari Robie who rescues horses and gives them a second chance at life.

She’s always had a love for horses, and now that love has grown into a passion.

"The first time I really looked into a horses eyes that was weak and sick and just hopeless, it just broke my heart, I just had to do something," Robie said.

She was one of many people hoping to rescue hundreds of wild horses from a feedlot in Zillah where they were shipped from Yakama Nation tribal land.

Simone Netherlands is the founder of a wild horse rescue group called Respect For Horses.  She said saving them is not always that easy.

"A lot of organizations are coming together to try and negotiate with this tribe because they feel that they have a problem and they have an overpopulation."

Netherlands said other tribes with an overpopulation problem have been able to control the number of wild by using successful birth control techniques, and now the group is now trying to work with the Yakama Nation to do that as well.

National statistics from the Animal Welfare Institute show about 130,000 horses from the United States are sent to slaughter over the border in Mexico and Canada every year.

NBC Right Now tried reaching out to members of the Yakama Nation, but no one was able comment on the situation.

"There are people within that tribe that do not agree with this cruel way of doing things and the sad part is it's only a few people that are benefiting from this," Netherlands said.

In these situations, foals often get sick and become weak because they are torn away from the mares who are being sent to slaughter.

But that did not stop Robie.  She adopted three of them, adding to her herd of rescued horses.

"Once you kind of get them to let their wall back down again, it's really rewarding. It’s a wonderful feeling, it's amazing," Robie said.

Now thanks to people like Robie, so many of these foals can grow up to be part of a herd once again.