Opening nationwide on March 15, “The Mustang” tells a riveting story about a convict’s connection with a spirited wild horse and how it allows him to confront his own tumultuous past and open up emotionally. Return to Freedom was involved in “The Mustang” by giving feedback on the script, providing six horses from our adoption program, ensuring the horses’ well-being and humane handling, and sourcing roundup video footage. “The Mustang” presents a unique opportunity to draw attention to America’s wild horses and their struggle.
While an inspiring story for moviegoers, “The Mustang” cannot fully explain the challenges that America’s wild horses face. For decades, costly and tragic government roundups have removed tens of thousands of wild horses and burros from America’s rugged and remote rangelands. RTF’s fundamental mission will always be to protect the freedom and diversity of America’s wild horses on their rightful ranges. Unfortunately, these heartbreaking roundups continue, at least for now, creating the need for high-quality sanctuary programs like RTF’s California sanctuaries and training programs including the inmate programs like the one portrayed in “The Mustang,” when guided by humane and experienced leaders.
With your strong support, RTF has been dedicated to preserving America’s wild horses and burros through conservation, sanctuary, education and advocacy for more than two decades.
We hope moviegoers recognize the powerful connection between human and horse and, as a result, join Return to Freedom as we work to protect the wild horses and burros that have lost their freedom and those that still roam freely on our Western lands.
Neda & the RTF Team