Thank you to Lumin Road Productions, Victory Tischler-Blue, Bruce Feagle and Focus Features for the footage.
“The Mustang” tells the story of human perseverance and connection with wild horses. The movie tells the inspiring story about a convict’s connection with a spirited wild horse in a prison horse training program and how it allows him to confront his own tumultuous past and open up emotionally.
While an engaging story, “The Mustang” cannot tell the full narrative of America’s wild horses and burros and the struggles they face. America’s wild horses are caught in a battle over the use of our public lands and grazing, water and other resources on those lands. For decades, costly and tragic government roundups have removed tens of thousands of wild horses from America’s remote and rugged Western rangelands. These heartbreaking roundups have created a need for high-quality sanctuary programs like Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary and training programs like the one portrayed in the film.
Return to Freedom was involved with “The Mustang” with the hope that a broader audience of moviegoers will become aware that there are still wild horses in America and want to learn more. We hope that people will not only recognize the powerful connection between human and horse but all species’ powerful and existential desire for freedom. As a result, we hope people will join Return to Freedom as we work to preserve the freedom of our wild horses and burros on their rightful Western rangelands and protect those that have been captured and removed from their habitat.