In late September, I made time to go visit Bronze Warrior and his family at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. When remembering what I was doing two years earlier – watching these wild horses and over 1200 more being rounded up and removed from their homes in the Checkerboard Roundup, I thought about how much I have to be grateful for.
First of all, that these 13 wild horses are safe and together in a wonderful home at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary where they will never again be harassed and terrified by helicopters, and they will never be separated from their family.
The first to greet me were Gwendolyn, Sabrina and her filly who has lots of spots now. They were coming down the hill.
The two mares are the same age and have probably been together in Bronze Warrior’s band for many years. It is always touching for me seeing their devotion to each other.
And Bronze Warrior was not far behind them.
And then I look for Sundance and Aurora and Storm, and they are still all together, and Aurora’s filly is growing, and quite adorable.
Bronze Warrior and Sundance have clearly made their peace, and are getting along well now, which is nice to see.
I was very happy to see the two families staying together.
I looked for Diamond girl and her filly Zarina. They have joined up with some other mares at the sanctuary, and it was fun seeing Zarina’s spots coming out – with Snowfall for a father, I had thought that it was just a matter of time!
Snowfall headed off with some other mares shortly after the Adobes were released into the big pasture.
Snowfall came straight up to me and stayed quite close for about 15 minutes. I enjoyed spending time with him.
Theodore also made new friends very quickly, and I often see him hanging out with a mare who is even more colorful than he is.
To see all of them thriving and living as free as possible, is truly heartwarming.
I am very grateful to Manda Kaliman of the Cana Foundation https://www.canafoundation.org/ who rescued the horses and found a place for them, and also to Susan Watt at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary who works every day to take care of the horses at her sanctuary, giving them a life worth living.
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