Meet Stella

Stella is a beautiful grulla dorsal dun mare from our Sulphur Springs herd. She was born at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary on April 30, 2003. Her mother, Emilita, is a beautiful dark bay dun mare who arrived to the sanctuary pregnant. Stella’s father is Running Bear, a handsome grulla stallion that she resembles in color and temperament.

Today at the sanctuary, Stella is part of Amante’s family band, along with three other mares, her offspring Amber and Fuego Dorado and her filly Nora. Amante is a beautiful dark bay mustang from the Cerbat Mountain Herd Management Area, outside of Kingsman Arizona.

Although Stella is on fertility control, she has birthed a few foals over the years and is what we call a non-responder. Like her father Running Bear, she is a bit wary of people but is alert, smart, kind and a wonderful lead mare for the band.

These Sulphur Springs horses are found in Utah in the Sulphur Springs Herd Management Area. Of all the horses free ranging in America today, these horses have DNA the most similar to the primitive Iberian horses known as the Sorraia. The Sorraias are being preserved in Portugal today.

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