Meet Dahlia, Red Desert Mare, Misun’s Band

Dahlia Red Desert Mare, Misun’s band Dahlia is a beautiful palomino pinto mare born wild and free in 2012 on the Red Desert Complex, Wyoming.

On October 16, 2020, Dahlia ran alongside her three month old filly, Rose, and the rest of her family, as the BLM removed them from their home in Arapaho Creek within the Complex. Dahlia was separated from Rose, her stallion Misun her home and her freedom. Separated from her family, she was sent to government corrals to await placement into long-term holding.

On November 12, 2020, BLM completed the removal of 1799 horses from the Herd Management Area. Thanks to two guardian angels, two photographers who have followed her band on the range for years, RTF was able to find and adopt baby Rose with her older sister Isabelle and her brother Little Romeo in March 2021! Soon afterwards RTF was able to find and adopt their uncle Hotah who remained close to the band. The four of them are now safe at Return to Freedom’s sanctuary!

Having arrived scared and wary, young Rose very quickly became the most social and confident of them all!

In August 2021, RTF was again able to send the photographers to the holding corrals in search of the whole family band. We were able to find and adopt Dahlia along with 5 mares from her band—and their new 2021 foals born in the holding pens, and their band stallion Misun! The whole band will live out their lives at Return to Freedom’s Sanctuary.

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Gallery photos: Dahlia on her way to RTF reunited with Misun and mares. After being released from BLM holding corrals, the mares rested at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary in Utah for them and their new foals to gain weight and to reunite with Misun!


-Meg Frederick
Dahlia and 2021 foal
Dahlia at BF
Dahlia with 2021 foal at BF
Dahlia with foal at BF
Reunited with Misun at BF
Misun’s band at the range
Rose on range with mom Dahlia
Dahlia on range with baby Rose in 2020

-Angelique Rea
Misun’s band on the range

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