The majority of horses who live at Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary have been rescued from public lands or abusive situations. We’re delighted to share with you some of their stories. We hope you will join us in continuing to provide for these special animals by sponsoring a rescued horse today.
In April 2007, a federal court closed the doors on horse slaughter in the U.S. Despite efforts by equine welfare organizations to take over care of the slaughter-bound horses, most of them were re-routed to plants in Canada or Mexico.
In July 2009, in the high ridges and sagebrush basin that formed the Challis Wild Horse Herd Management Area just outside of Sun Valley, Idaho, a helicopter would appear on the horizon, move towards a herd of wild horses, and change their world forever.
The Calico Herd
In the winter of 2009, the BLM launched one of the largest (and deadliest) wild horse gathers in recent years and removed some 1922 wild horses from their home in the Calico Mountains Complex in Northwestern Nevada.