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 or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.

Available for Adoption

Four Sweet Senior Geldings

Texaco (Chestnut gelding)

There is not much we know about Texaco’s background except that he was a Mexican horse and was handled roughly. He therefore remains timid around people. Once you warm up to him, however, he’s a really good boy. 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 18 years old.

Mustang Sally

Mustang Sally was adopted by Monty Roberts from the BLM along with two other horses. Shy Boy, one of the adopted horses, became Monty’s ambassador horse. Mustang Sally help teach students at Monty’s school for a time, but he never became a consistent riding horse and didn’t seem to like it all that much. Eventually, Mustang Sally was brought to RTF to be pastured. Last year Mustang Sally injured his leg while out in the pasture so now he walks with a gimp, but other than that he in good health. He enjoys people, he loads, trims, bathes, groom. Very sweet gelding who loves to be groomed.


Cowboy is a large quarter horse. He has a split ear his name used to Split. He was treated roughly by his past owners, so he remains timid. 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.


George arrived to RTF in 1999 from the Hart Mt. roundup when he was about 6 months old. George was easy to socialize and enjoys people and horses alike. He had been adopted to a very large pastured with very rich grass and unfortunately foundered. RTF took him back to be able to monitor his feeding. He loves walks. He is super friendly and gets along with horses well and would love to be your companion.

These four 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 four 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 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.

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 or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.


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 (Strawberry Roan Mare) — DOB 2012
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.

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 or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438. Cecilia’sAdoption Fee: $1200.

Happy Adoptions!

Heather and Chloe


Heather and Chloe have found their new calling teaching with Carolyn Resnick and Nancy Zintsmaster at The Carolyn Resnick Method Liberty Academy in Escondito, California. Heather and Chloe went with their favorite gelding Buenas Aires and the three of them are helping humans learn The Carolyn Resnick Method/The Waterhole Rituals based on natural behaviors and leadership in wild horse communities.


Heather and Chloe have participated in clinics that have been hosted by Return to Freedom at our sanctuary. During these clinics, it was clear that Heather and Chloe are natural teachers and due to their social nature, curiosity and enthusiasm!

To find out more about Dances With Horses and The Carolyn Resnick Method please visit:


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 — DOB-May 4, 2014

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.

Little Blue — DOB 2014
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.

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




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.




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!


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
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.


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 or mail to Return to Freedom, P.O. Box 926, Lompoc, CA 93438.

Did you know?We have Return to Freedom masks!

Peekaboo Masks is donating 35% of its sales from limited-edition masks that feature the wild horses and burros at our American Wild Horse Sanctuary.