Happy Birthday Spirit!

Spirit Photo: Nancy Holly

Spirit Photo: Nancy Holly

In 2002, a beautiful Dun Kiger mustang stallion arrived at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary!

While Animal Planet was filming an episode on wild horse stories, rescues an sanctuaries as a follow up to the release of DreamWork’s animated feature film ” Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”,  the stallion who was the muse for ” Spirit” arrived to joyful children and RTF staff.

In 2002, after narrowing down to 12 potential permanent homes for the handsome stallion, DreamWorks selected Return to Freedom as Spirit’s permanent home. RTF was the ideal environment for the domestic stallion to receive the right handling and care while still being available as an ambassador to help educate youth (and adults) about the American Mustang.