Give a Wild Horse or Wild Burro a Forever Home...
Since adoptions do not always provide a lifetime of security and protection for animals, Return to Freedom has specific adoption criteria to ensure that the horse(s) and/or burro(s) are placed in suitable environments.
Due to limited resources and the constant need for displaced horses and burros to find sanctuary, we may occasionally place horses from the sanctuary and most often work with other individuals, groups, state, and federal agencies to find homes for wild horses and burros in need remotely.
Some of the younger horses who volunteer a natural desire to socialize with humans, are available to be placed in approved homes. For the welfare of the horses, we have an extensive application process for their lifelong protection. The horses and/or burros may not be sold, slaughtered, abused, or live without other equine companions.
We typically place horses in bonded pairs or groups; however, each situation is different. Under no circumstances will we place a horse in an environment where it will be stalled for most of the time or be alone.
Please review our Terms and Conditions. If they are acceptable to you, fill out an Application and send it to us, along with the signed Terms and Conditions. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.
Available for Adoption
“Grey Mare” is something special, and so is her daughter. Heather has been well started under saddle, and will walk / trot / canter in both directions. Her gaits are smooth and energetic, a forward mare with good lateral movement. She is ridden in either a bosal or bitless bridle. She will sidle up to the mounting block for you and is sensible enough to allow someone to stand on her back and do rope tricks.
She is sensitive and responsive, and requires a tactful, experienced rider to bring out the best in her. An ideal candidate for Cowboy Dressage! She would like to go home with her band mate Chloe!
Chloe has lovely gaits, and is well balanced. She has been trail ridden, had horses ponied off of her, and is very comfortable to sit at all three gaits. She will make somebody a very solid and enjoyable trail horse, and she will continue to blossom with a quiet, experienced rider. We have put novice riders on her, and she has done well with them, but in order to develop her to her fullest potential, we feel a more experienced rider would be the best match for her.
If you are prepared to guide this lovely girl on her way to becoming your favorite trail partner, inquire about her soon; she will not last long! She hopes for a home with her sister, Heather!
Choco has spent several months with our professional trainer to make sure he has received a good start under saddle. He has been ridden in the arena (walk / trot / canter both directions) and on trail, both with a bitless bridal and bosal, has had horses ponied off of him, and has learned good ground / barn manners as well. He is still somewhat green, but has the temperament to make a pretty bomb-proof riding horse as he gains experience. He is solid! If you’re looking for a quiet, wonderful long term companion, don’t pass this cutie up.
Willamina is a well mannered bay filly. She was born in a herd of wild Calico mares. She was found alone and abandoned shortly after birth. She may have been rejected by her mother or stolen by another mare and rejected shortly after birth. For her survival she was bottle fed at Miracle Mustang for 4 months until arriving at Return to Freedom. Her feisty spirit has made her a survivor and she loves to be around people. She is halter broke, stands for the farrier and loves to be groomed. She is well mannered and is looking for a home where she has room to run and play while she grows into the beautiful mare she promises to be. Willamina’s best friend is fellow orphan Little Blue and it would be very hard to split them up. Because RTF respects the emotional well being of these social animals, Willamina and Blue need to remain together!
Blue is a small, well mannered blue roan gelding. As an orphan foal, Little Blue was underweight, weak and exhausted. Miracle Mustang took him in; however due to his lack of strength, he spent most of his first few weeks lying down. Eventually, a 2 inch deep infected puncture wound on his chest was discovered as the culprit for his poor health. He had a tough start in life, but persevered and made a full recovery, at which point it became time for him to find a new home. Rather than separate him from his first and closest companion, Willamina, Return to Freedom took in both foals. Little Blue is now a playful and affectionate foal. He is halter broke, stands quietly for the farrier and loves to be groomed and interact with people. Because RTF respects the emotional well being of these social animals, Willamina and Blue need to remain together!
Currently in training, these two absolutely beautiful young fillies from the Hart Mountain Herd. The Hart Mountain Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Oregon removed all wild horses in 1998. Horses from that total removal were the first to arrive to Return to Freedom as we opened our sanctuary gates in December 1998. We DNA tested some of the horses and found strong Spanish influence which is strongly displayed in some of the horses, like the stallion Freedom. Because the PZP contraception does not work on all mares, these two sisters were sired by Freedom.
Work Study volunteers worked with them last summer and fell in love with them. They have just started their continued training. We are looking for the right forever home for these herd sisters who will flourish with the right leadership in the right environment! They are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and full of potential! If you are looking for two magical carousel horses and are a confidence builder- You may want to meet these two fillies!
This gorgeous liver roan filly is not only sweet and sensitive but flashy too. Sired by Freedom, and born from his lead mare Adeer here at the sanctuary, she has the distinct roan coloring found throughout the Hart Mountain herd and a natural curiosity that Freedom gives to all his babies as well as the thick mane and tail indicative of his strong Spanish Barb influence. Once she connects and has confidence in you, she is a willing partner. She is halter broke learning to stand quietly for the farrier and is progressing through the Parelli games at a rapid pace. She will circle both directions on a lounge line, give her fore hand and hind end, side pass along a fence, mount a platform and will even jump obstacles. She is looking for someone who can help her build her confidence as she progresses in her training.
Adoe is very connected to her full sister Cecilia, and would love to go home with her. Because RTF respects the emotional well being of the horses, special consideration will be given to applicants adopting both mares.
Cecilia is a full sister to Adoe and just like her sister; she is gorgeous and flashy with lots of chrome, thick wavy mane and tail revealing some Spanish pheno-typing like both her sire (Freedom) and Dam (Adeer). She is part of the Hart Mountain herd and was born here at the ranch. Cecilia is a bold mare and needs someone with confidence to help her develop into her full potential. She is halter broken, learning to stand quietly for the farrier, and enjoys working on the lounge line. She will circle both directions, give both the front and hind end, will side pass along a fence, walk over a platform and loves to jump. She truly enjoys interacting with people and is ready to find someone who is looking for that special horse.
Cecilia is very connected with her full sister Adoe and would love to go home with her. Because RTF respects the emotional well being of the horses, special consideration will be given to applicants adopting both mares.
Lola has some ringbone and needs to be managed on fairly even terrain and butte-less butte for pain. Do you have the right home to welcome these two girls and share some burro love?!
I introduced them to Tess, a beautiful strawberry roan mare from Freedom’s band in our Hart Mountain herd. As Tess got older she sometimes had a hard time finding her place in the herd.
The Rockwoods adopted Tess last year and brought their gelding Rocky up to live with her at our trainers ranch in Santa Ynez for three months while Hector slowly and systematically brought Tess along under saddle! The devoted Rockwoods came up every weekend for three months and joined in.
Here is an update:
August 22, 2015
Hi. We are doing so great. We just moved to Colorado and Tess and Rocky have great new space — lots and lots of room — 1/2 acre to themselves. The farm (Kenlyn Arabians) grows the hay both for a business and for the farm. So they have tons of good food all the time. Tess has been very healthy. Tess has been the most incredible, smart, loyal horse ever. We have not had one negative experience with her at all. The trainer you directed us to to start her was a godsend. We go on day trips into the mountains every weekend now, and have had several camping trips. Today, we are practicing crossing water. We are used to people raving about our beautiful Arab, but no more. All heads turn to Tess. Her beautiful full mane and majestic look. She remains dominant and no horse dare come near her if food is around! Thank you for checking in with us. A short video of Tess is viewable below.