On August 23rd 2014 Return to Freedom welcomed 18 kids, ages 5-12, and their parents, grandparents, and guardians for Kids Day at the Ranch. This is the day kid’s and their families come to spend time learning about wild horses, both living at the sanctuary and out on the range.
There was a fun filled interactive role playing game where kids and their parents got to take turns, being a lead mare, stallion, predator and the rest of the herd, to learn about how the complex social system, in place in the herd, is imperative for their survival. The families also got to help with the daily ranch chores like feeding, grooming tame horses and burros, and the ever popular mucking (or picking up poop)! A highlight of the day was meeting our newest arrivals, two 4-month old orphan wild foals.
The day was capped off with a hike to see two wild herds at the sanctuary and of course popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to cool off after the hike for both parents and kids.
Fun was had by all of course, but also hopefully a new appreciation was instilled for the beauty and the importance of preserving the wild horses on the range. These kids, and many more like them as the next generation of advocates, will hold the wild horses future in their hands and hearts.