When it was time for these newly captured wild horses to be sold to the highest bidder, Return to Freedom allies bid on and were able to secure Tomahawk, his friend Redmen, and 16 other wild stallions. After having lost their freedom, their families, and their homes, we had to do what we could to give them back a little of what they lost. Return to Freedom also secured 80 mares from the roundup in the hopes we can create a Wildlife and Wild Horse Preserve where they can all be re-united. At the sanctuary, Tomahawk undoubtedly displays lead stallion behavior in a large herd of other horses from the same round-up. Although he and Redmen are on good terms, he and a gelding named Buddy are never apart.
For generations, ancestors of cavalry and ranch horses have interbred and survived in the remote and challenging habitat of the Calico Mountains. They have adapted to this environment and returned to a natural state over the past few hundred years. These stout horses are a vital link to our Great Basin heritage.