Return to Freedom Youth!

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
Native American Proverb
  • Help A Horse day- 2016

    Photo: Aurora

  • Cerbat Herd

    Photo by Robert Dawson

  • Virginia Range Horses

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

  • Spirit

  • Sutter

    Photo by Meg Frederick

  • Freedom

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

  • Isadora-Cruce

  • Amante

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

  • Wilbur-Cruce Colonial Spanish Mission Herd

  • Sulphur Springs Herd

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

  • Sheldon Refuge Herd

  • Hart Mountain Herd

    Photo by Elissa Kline

  • Choctaw Herd

    Photo by Laura Bold

  • Calico Herd

    Photo By Laura Bold


eturn to Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary is an environment where youth can directly experience America’s wild horses in a natural setting. Within nature’s classroom, the wild horse herds educate young people about our cultural and national heritage through the story of America’s wild horses.

Whether by surfing our website or directly experiencing wild horse herds at our sanctuary, we hope to foster an environment where learning and understanding can nurture a generation that values the natural world around us and seeks to protect the environment and the animals with whom we share this planet.

Too often young people feel there is little they can do to help causes that they believe in. But you know what? Wild Horse Annie proved how much young people could do to help wild horses. And there are things you can do that would really help Return to Freedom!

Click here to see Calendar listings for our 2016 Youth Programs at the sanctuary!

Youth Get Involved! What can I do to help?

Our wild horses have no voice other than the one we give them. We need young people everywhere to be that voice so that future generations will be able to experience and enjoy the majesty and beauty of wild horses running free. Thank you for visiting our page and for caring about America’s wild horses!

In the 1950s, a woman named Velma Johnston — better known as Wild Horse Annie — was able to get a law passed to protect wild horses by getting school children to write letters to their Government officials. Young people can make a difference! Our wild horses have no voice other than the one we give them. We need young people everywhere to be that voice so that future generations will be able to experience and enjoy the majesty and beauty of wild horses running free.

While you’re here, find out how you, your class, or youth group can sponsor a horse who lives at Return to Freedom and receive cool donor gifts! And get more information about Spirit and wild horses in America. Visit our Advocacy page to learn the many ways that young people can help protect America’s wild horses.

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Sponsor a horse or even a herd of horses at Return to Freedom

Please consider how you, your class or youth group can sponsor a horse or burro or even a herd who lives at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary! Sponsorships help us take care of and provide hay for the horses and burros who live here. It is a wonderful way to stay connected to the sanctuary! You and /or your class will receive a cool certificate with a photo and historical backround of the horse(s) or herd that you sponsor! Your help could mean so much!
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Be a volunteer! You don’t even have to be local. You can help Return To Freedom in so many ways even from where you are! There are many way that you can raise awareness and money for feed and care including tabling events in your area!
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Get Involved in Return to Freedom’s Mustang Youth Coalition!

The Mustang Youth Coalition is a group of young people that help Return to Freedom raise awareness and funds to protect America's wild horses both at the sanctuary and on the range. Please contact us if you would like to become more involved!
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Youth Take Action

Help Return to Freedom with our Saving Wild Horses Campaign!
Use your voice to help protect wild horses with national letter writing, lobbying and other outreach!

-Download a sample letter here that you can use to write to your elected officials in Congress. Legislators receive a lot of email, so be sure to personalize your message so it stands out.

-Advocacy in Action - Wild Horse Rangers –Join us on the range where wild horses run free.
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-Visit your Congressmen/women and Senators when they are in their State offices or -Join us at the Nation’s Capitol to advocate for the freedom of wild horses and burros and protect America’s horses from slaughter!

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