Adoption Spotlight: JACKSON!

JACKSON

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Jackson

Jackson is a stunning 2014 bay Sheldon/Hart Mountain gelding. He was born in captivity, so is unbranded. He is tall for a mustang, at about 16.2 hands, and is a big mover. He was started under saddle by Ramon Becerra about 4 years ago, but hasn’t had consistent work since then so would definitely need a refresher/restart! He is extremely sweet and friendly, with great feet and legs, and would love to have his own person and a job to do!

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Give a Rescued Wild Horse or Wild Burro a Forever Home...

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 wild or special needs horses and burros to find sanctuary, we may occasionally have horses or burros available for adoption, specifically those who will benefit from having more attention in a private home. Over the past 24 years, RTF has successfully collaborated with individuals, other organizations, state & federal agencies to find homes for wild horses and burros in need.
Currently we have a number of horses available for adoption that are members of unique strains of mustangs. The Spanish mustangs were taken in by RTF when the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY closed it’s doors and sold the ranch. The Brislawn family started the Spanish Mustang Registry and raised these historic horses, who descended from horses brought from Spain during the early conquest of the Americas, for many years. Considered some of the finest horses in the known world at the time of the conquest, these horses became prized by indigenous people for their beauty and toughness.

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 equine@returntofreedom.org or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.

Our other horses looking for a forever home

BRISLAWN

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Brislawn

Brislawn (Horse of the Americas #2245, RTF Mr. Brislawn Dun) is a 2017 bay dun/roan Spanish mustang gelding from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. He is curious but shy. He has recently begun training and is proving to be extremely intelligent. He is sturdy and will likely mature about 14.2 hands. Brislawn would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for him!

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CAMELLIA

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Camellia

Camellia (Horse of the Americas #2268) is a 2016 slate grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. She is curious but shy and not yet haltered. She is sturdy and will likely mature about 14.2 hands. Camellia would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her! Her bloodlines are 79.7% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 15.62% Bookcliffs (UT), and 4.69% Choctaw (OK).

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Heather and Chloe - DOB 2007

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These two nice mares have pretty much enjoyed the pastured life with occasional trail riding. Both mares have lots of energy and do best when going out a few days a week and have a regular routine. Heather doesn’t mind arena work but Chloe is happier on the trail!

Both mares are best suited for intermediate – advanced riders with good ground skills. We think if they are in a routine where they are going out on trails 3-4 days a week, Chloe could carry a less advanced rider.

Heather and Chloe spent a year learning with Carolyn Resnick and Nancy Zintsmaster at The Carolyn Resnick Method Liberty Academy in Escondito, Calif., where they helped humans learn The Carolyn Resnick Method/The Waterhole Rituals based on natural behaviors and leadership in wild horse communities. Heather and Chloe have since returned to the sanctuary and are looking for a forever home to love them and get them out on the trails!

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DAHLIA

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Dahlia

Dahlia (Horse of the Americas #2271 RTF Dahlia) is a 2015 slate grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. She has a right rear pastern, with a dorsal stripe and leg barring. Dahlia is curious but shy and not yet haltered. She is sturdy and stands about 14.1 hands. Dahlia would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her! Dahlia is 79.69% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 15.62% Bookcliffs (UT), and 4.69% Choctaw (OK),

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OLIVIA

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Olivia

Olivia (Horse of the Americas #2258 RTF Olivia Sofia) is a 2016 grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. She has a star, strip, snip, and a dorsal stripe with leg barring. Oliva is curious but shy and not yet haltered. She is sturdy and stands about 14.1 hands. Oliva would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her! Olivia is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY).

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EBONY

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Ebony

Ebony (Horse of the Americas #2274 RTF Ebony Rose) is a 2015 solid black Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Her bloodlines are 56.25% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 25% Bookcliffs (UT) and 18.75% Choctaw (OK). Ebony is curious but shy and not yet haltered. She is sturdy and stands about 14.1 hands. Ebony would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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MOCHA

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Mocha

Mocha (Horse of the Americas #2256 RTF Mocha de la Noche) is a 2017 black Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Her bloodlines are 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). Mocha is curious but shy and not yet haltered. She has a small star, snip, and stands about 14.1 hands. Mocha would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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OPAL

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Opal

Opal (Horse of the Americas #2273 RTF Opal Real) is a 2016 black Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Opal is 56.25% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 25% Bookcliffs (UT) and 18.75% Choctaw (OK). Opal is curious but shy and not yet haltered, and stands about 14.1 hands. Opal would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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ORCHID

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Orchid

Orchid (Horse of the Americas #2270 RTF Wyld Orchid) is a 2017 brown grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Orchid is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). Orchid is curious but shy and not yet haltered, and stands about 14 hands. Orchid would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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SAGE

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Sage

Sage (Horse of the Americas #2272 RTF Sage) is a 2017 grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Sage is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). She is curious but shy and not yet haltered, and stands about 14 hands. Sage would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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SARAH

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Sarah

Sarah (Horse of the Americas #2263 RTF Sarah Rose) is a 2017 grulla Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. Sarah is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). She is curious and friendly and is not yet haltered but wants to DO STUFF! She stands about 14 hands. Sarah is a sweetheart, and would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for her!

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NIKAI (HONEY)

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Nikai (Honey)

Nikai (Horse of the Americas #2253 RTF Honey Queen) is a 2017 bay dun Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. She has a dorsal stripe, leg barring, left rear pastern with ermine spots, and right rear white heel. She is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). Nikai is curious, bold and confident, and has gorgeous gaits. She is not yet haltered, but wants to be! This young mare is special, and would do best in a competitive discipline, such as endurance or dressage, but will do best with a smaller rider, as she will likely mature about 14 hands. She will need a good leader and meaningful work to keep her brain occupied!

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SANTIAGO

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Santiago

Santiago (Horse of the Americas#2262 RTF Santiago Guapo) is a 2017 bay Spanish mustang gelding from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. He is about 14.0 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He is friendly, very intelligent, loves to be groomed, and has started working on his halter training and picking up his feet.

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BANDIT

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Bandit

Bandit is a 2017 dun Gila gelding. He is about 14.2 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He has three socks and a narrow star/strip/snip, leg barring and a dorsal stripe. He has recently begun his halter training and is proving to be a very smart boy.

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CASEY

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Casey

Casey is a 2017 dun Gila gelding. He is about 14.2 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He has two socks and a narrow star/strip/snip, leg barring and a dorsal stripe. He has recently begun his halter training and is proving to be a very smart boy.

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JADEN

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Jaden

Jaden is a 2017 lighter dun Gila gelding. He is about 14.2 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He has a narrow blaze, leg barring and a dorsal stripe. He has recently begun his halter training and is proving to be a very smart boy. He is missing his left ear tip!

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NATAHNI

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Natahni

Natahni is a 2017 dun Gila gelding. He is very strong and sturdy at about 14.2 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He has a blaze, two hind socks and a front right pastern, leg barring and a dorsal stripe. He has recently begun his halter training and is proving to be a very smart boy.

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SEVEN

Seven

Seven is a 2017 dark dun Gila gelding. He is very sturdy at about 14.2 hands, and has lovely, floaty movement. He has a blaze, two hind socks, leg barring and a dorsal stripe. He has recently begun his halter training and is proving to be a very smart and curious boy.

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Three Sweet Senior Geldings

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Texaco (Chestnut gelding)
22 years old, Senior Special needs:
There is not much we know about Texaco’s background except that he was a Mexican charro horse and was handled roughly. He therefore remains timid around people. Once he warms up to you, however, he’s easy to handle. Stands for trims, vet, and grooming. Once he trusts you, he loves attention. He gets along well with other horses. Texaco sometimes needs special attention directed towards his eyes, which are sensitive to flies. This loving sweet boy needs someone who is kind, patient and with a gentle touch. He is approximately 22 years old.

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Cowboy

Cowboy is a large quarter horse born in 1990. Because of his split ear, his name used to Split. He took people safely on trail rides until he was retired about 7 years ago. He can be haltered, led, loaded, trimmed and vetted. He needs a kind touch and some extra special TLC for his senior years!


These three sweet elder horses have had very different journeys but their paths converged at RTF’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary. Here we have cared for them for many years and tended to their special needs. They are all easy to handle and would probably enjoy a little more attention than they receive here!

Although we love having the presence of these gentle geldings at the sanctuary, we feel that these three boys could be very happy in your pasture where they are free to graze, socialize, receive and GIVE love and affection! These boys are perfectly suited to become companion horses.

The three of them have gentle and kind dispositions, and love to be groomed. Texaco and Cowboy can be cautious at first due to the harsh treatment they received earlier in their lives. We hope to find them the perfect home, where they can be well looked after!

Finding these geldings good homes would free up some of our resources, which can then be used for wild, unhandled horses in need. We would prefer for these gentle boys to be adopted together or at least in a pair. If you are only interested in one and have other horses at home, we are willing to reassess on a case-by-case basis.

Return to Freedom is committed to finding the right home for these senior geldings. For these special animals, we are waiving the adoption fee so the funds can go towards welcoming them into their new home, special feed and care.

To adopt, 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 equine@returntofreedom.org or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.

Happy Adoptions!

EL DORADO: ADOPTED!!!

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El Dorado

Dorado (Horse of the Americas #2248 RTF El Dorado de Oro) is a 2019 light dun (buckskin dun) Spanish mustang gelding. He is 59.375% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 25% Feral (NV), 6.25% Sulphur Mountains (UT), 3.125% Bookcliffs (UT), 3.125% Cheyenne, 3.125% Crow. He has both rear stockings, with a dorsal stripe and leg barring. Dorado is a gorgeous mover, and we’re not really sure how tall he will get. He is curious and is coming around, but is not yet haltered. Dorado would make an awesome endurance horse, cow pony, or any other job you have in mind for him!

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WILLAMINA AND BLUE: ADOPTED!!!

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Willamina — DOB-May 4, 2014, 14 Hands Tall

Willamina is a well-mannered bay mare. She was born in a herd of wild Calico mares, but was found alone and abandoned shortly after birth. She may have been rejected by her mother or stolen by another mare who did not have the milk to feed her. This sometimes happens in herds. For her survival she was bottle fed at Miracle Mustang for 4 months until arriving at Return to Freedom. She was paired with another orphan foal named “Blue” and they have remained an inseparable pair. Her feisty spirit has made her a survivor and she loves to be around people.

Although she has not been trained to ride and has spent most all of her life living with a band of Choctaw ponies and her best friend, Blue, Willamina loves attention from humans and would probably enjoy learning things. She leads well and stands for vet and farrier.

Both Blue and Willamina need to be in capable hands to develop them further. We are looking for the right environment and a human that will be kind, safe, enriching & educational !

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Blue — DOB 2014, 14 Hands Tall
Blue is a well mannered blue roan/gray 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. Blue is a playful, willful, curious and affectionate horse.

Like Willamina, Blue has not been trained to ride and has enjoyed the pasture life. He is catchable, halters, leads, trims and loads. In the right hands this sweet boy could come along nicely!

MAYA: ADOPTED!!!

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Maya

** Update: Maya and her lovely daughter, Summer, were adopted by a lovely home not too far from the Sanctuary and they are deeply loved by their new family, Yves Morong and her lovely husband.

Maya (Horse of the Americas #2257 RTF Kimimila Sa, Lakota for “red butterfly”) is a 2019 bay Spanish mustang mare from the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto, WY. She has a faint star and strip, a large snip and a right rear sock. Her bloodlines are 78.125% Brislawn Foundation (WY), 12.5% Bookcliffs (UT) and 9.375% Choctaw (OK). Maya is very friendly, halters and leads well, stands for the farrier, and ties. She is very young, but did have a foal on 6-22-2021, a lovely bay filly named Solstice. It would be ideal if they could be adopted as a pair! Kimimila will probably not top 14 hands, but with her quiet temperament and lovely movement, would make an idea child’s dressage mount. Being a Spanish mustang, she could also excel in many other disciplines.

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SUMMER: ADOPTED!!!

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Summer

** Update: Summer and her lovely mother, Maya, were adopted by a lovely home not too far from the Sanctuary and they are deeply loved by their new family, Yves Morong and her lovely husband.

Summer (Horse of the Americas #2264 RTF Summer Solstice) was born to Maya on 6/22/2021. We suspect her sire may be Santiago. She is a bay Spanish mustang filly with a left rear sock, and she is 100% Brislawn Foundation (WY). Summer is very friendly and opinionated, halters and leads well, and stands for the farrier. It would be ideal if she and her dam could be adopted as a pair! Like her mother, Summer will probably not top 14 hands, but with her quiet temperament and lovely movement, would make an idea child’s dressage mount. Being a Spanish mustang, she could also excel in many other disciplines.

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CECILIA

This absolutely beautiful strawberry roan mare has finally found her person! Cecilia was born in 2012 at the sanctuary in 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 born to Adeer and sired by Freedom.

From adopter Elena Rose: “In November 2020, I got my first horse. Before adopting her, I spent as much time at RTF as I could, watching Cecilia’s herd and learning from them. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with Nan Zintsmaster, who gave me all the tools I needed to start working with Cecilia on my own. With tidbits from Liberty Training under my belt, I felt confident working with mustangs on the ground. After adopting Cecilia, my mother and I followed my horse to Angi Murray’s ranch in Leona Valley, where Cecilia had been started under saddle years ago. We spent 3 months there learning from Angi. In between sessions in the round pen, I would spend as much time with her as possible. At the end of those 3 months, Cecilia and I were ready to take on the world! And by world, I mean trails. After that, Cecilia moved to Calabasas with a family friend who specializes in Parelli style work. Cecilia loved her new pasture mate and the open space. I spent every moment with my horse as possible. We reviewed the Liberty work we learned from Nan and the lessons that Angi taught us. We learned drill team patterns in Calabasas and went on many trail rides. Going out on the trails is Cecilia’s favorite thing. She loves to run and run without a care in the world! In March 2021, we moved to a 1.5 acre ranch in Acton where we could have all our animals with us, and we wouldn’t have to travel very far to see Cecilia. All I have to do is walk 30 seconds and I’m with my horse. I’m so happy I’m here! And with help from Angi, we now have a mini herd of horses! One older gelding, who already lives with us, and a mare and a two-year-old gelding who are training at Angi’s. From here on out, my mother and I are full-time ranchers and Cecilia will never be bored. But beyond that, my relationship with Cecilia has deepened even more than I could’ve hoped. Whenever I work with her, it takes no time at all to become reconnected. I’ll hear Cecilia neighing for me when I start walking down to feed her breakfast. She does get a little bit jealous when I work with other horses, but I always make time to give her the attention she deserves. Cecilia is my baby and I love her to death, and I wouldn’t trade her or our relationship for anything in the world.”

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CHOCO — DOB 2007

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.
Find out more about Midland School

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ROSIE AND LOLA

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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.

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STUART AND BO

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Wendie Malick, her niece Gwen and husband Richard, adopted two social and noble steeds from our Challis herd. Stuart and Bo were born in captivity after their mothers endured the Challis Idaho roundup in 2009.

Bo and Stuart now live with three other horses, a burro, and two dogs in California!

TESS

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Yvonne and Mike Rockwood were ready to open their hearts to a new addition to their small herd…of Arabs! One of their endurance trail horses needed to be retired and Yvonne needed a calm horse with stamina who would enjoy long scenic trail rides!

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
Neda:
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.
—Yvonne

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 equine@returntofreedom.org or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.