Of all the many, many horses in the herd, only 19 remain. All the rest were killed in the bombing of Baghdad, when the National Herd facility was struck with a Tomahawk missile.
The US 1st Cavalry Soldiers are trying desperately to care for the remaining horses and construct a new facility, understanding the importance of this herd, but the military is not giving them the funds for it. They have shoddy, second-rate tack, poor equipment, and what they /do/ have they've bought out-of-pocket.
As such, there's an effort underway to purchase and send over high quality equipment for the effort. The 'Tack for Iraq' effort is at http://www.soquilicenter.org/arab.htm -- they have an itemized list of the latest needs, pictures of the surviving horses (some of which made me want to weep), and so on there.
It seems a worthwhile outreach effort -- both as a symbol of peace /and/ to try and help some horses who desperately need it. So I figured I'd toss this up here, in case others wanted to make contributions or pass it around, or just generally check it out.