Update on Salt River Horses … Good News

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Salt River Wild Horses. Photo: Courtesy of SRWHMG

Salt River Wild Horses. Photo: Courtesy of SRWHMG


The U.S. Forest Service just announced today that it has rescinded its notice to round up and remove the historical Salt River wild horses from the Tonto National Forest outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

Thanks to the outpouring of public pressure, media and response from elected officials, the will of the people was heard and justly upheld! Congressman Matt Salmon, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, Governor Doug Ducey, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Governor Bill Richardson and other officials have been actively vocal in support of the protection of the Salt River Horse herd.

In August, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) was formed to protect these horses. With dedication and support from the public, political allies, Animal Recovery Mission and other animal welfare organizations, the impound notice was cancelled and negotiations for a viable long term management plan to protect the horses on Salt River is being negotiated!

Return to Freedom applauds the commitment and steadfast efforts of Simone Netherlands and The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG). For years Simone and volunteer supporters have provided oversight and stewardship for the safety and well being of these horses.

Thanks to all Return to Freedom’s supporters, the AWHPC and everyone who has rallied to help with this effort whether by making donations to SRWHMG, signing petitions, sharing posts etc.

Together we can all make a difference!

Read Congressman Matt Salmon’s Letter to Congress HERE!