Even though Goliath might never see his mate again, Staples was determined to give him a good life.
"We decided to give Goliath the best home he could have," Staples said. "We fundraised to be able to bid on him on the BLM's internet adoption. So many hundreds of people donated ... So many people wanted him to come to Skydog."
But Staples was still haunted by the idea that Red Lady and Goliath would never see each other again — especially since she had tried so hard to find the family of the first horse she ever rescued, but she never could. "When I first started Skydog, I was so determined to find this mustang's family," she said. "And I never could in the end."
As word got out about Skydog's attempt to save Goliath, news reached Red Lady's adopter in Colorado, and she got in touch with Staples. She, too, wanted to send Red Lady to the 9,000-acre sanctuary in Oregon so that, if Staples won the bid for Goliath, the pair could be reunited.
"She wanted her to be reunited with Goliath so they could have their foal in peace and live forever together," Staples said. Everything was coming together — but they still weren't sure if they'd get Goliath. "We transported Red Lady and we waited for the adoption and we were terrified we wouldn't win the bid."
But the little donations added up — and soon Staples realized that they'd won the bid for Goliath's freedom. He arrived at the sanctuary just last week.