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 email@example.com or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.
Available for Adoption
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!
Currently in training, this absolutely beautiful young filly 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, Cecelia was sired by Freedom.
Work Study volunteers have worked with her last summer and fell in love with her. She has just started their continued training. We are looking for the right forever home for Cecelia, who will flourish with the right leadership in the right environment! She is beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and full of potential! If you are looking for are a magical carousel horse and that is a confidence-builder- You may want to meet this filly!
Cecilia 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.
We are happy to announce that Willamina and Little Blue have been adopted by the Sindisa Sanctuary in northern California. They lead happy and fulfilled lives at the sanctuary where they socialize with 18 other youngsters from the Choctaw and Gila herds. Find out more about Sindisa Sanctuary.
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.
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 youngster.
We are delighted to announce that Choco and his best friend Midnight were adopted in 2017 to the Midland School in Los Olivos, California. At Midland, these two have become the student’s favourites. When not receiving their daily dose of love and attention from the kids, they are to be found meandering in the school’s ample, grassy pasture.
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In the spring of 2017, Jessica and Skip Jankowski gave mother and daughter burros Rosie and Lola a forever home on their new 20-acre ranch in Buellton CA! Rosie and Lola will now receive the daily affection and attention they desire from this loving family!
Skip also adopted one of our very special Sheldon colts, Jack! Jack now has a new name and he is Skip’s best friend.
“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!
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.