Two Spanish Colonial horses on a walk in downtown were part of the promotional tour for the movie “Roaming Wild,” in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

They came from the Return to Freedom ranch in Lompoc nearby. A herd there was featured in the film by Sylvia Johnson.

She hopes the public will be able to help solve some of the issues involving wild horses, and their habitat, after seeing the film. “There are different alternatives and better solutions than are currently happening. (There will also be) a better understanding of the different perspectives. It is much more complex than a black and white story,” said Johnson, who traveled to several western states for the filming.

The two horses named Isadora and Ynez were walked up the street by Neda Demayo from Return to Freedom. “Some of the horses at the sanctuary in Lompoc are from rare breeds,” she said. “These horses come as direct descendents from Padre Kino’s original horses that came from Spain in the 1600s.” They were crowd pleasers for those strolling on State Street from Cota Street to Anapamu Street.

John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter,


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