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Wild Horses: One Year Later the Adobe Town Appaloosas are Thriving at Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary



Aurora’s filly and Carol Walker, photo by Susan Watt

by Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation


Bronze Warrior and Sundance with their families

Almost one year after the wild horses that had been removed from their homes in Adobe Town and separated from their families had been reunited at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, I am headed to visit them. It was a dry, windy day when I arrived, and as I looked out the window into the big pasture I was able to pick out Snowfall up on the hill with two mares, and then as I got closer to the gate near the Sanctuary office I spotted Bronze Warrior and his mares, and Sundance with his mares. It was very good to see them.


Bronze Warrior and his girls


Beautiful Flurry

The next morning I went into the pasture before dawn, my favorite time of the day to shoot, before the feed truck would come to feed the horses. I saw Bronze Warrior and his mares and Sabrina’s filly, who had grown quite a bit. They all seemed relaxed and more willing to let me get a little closer to them. The filly was a little shy but did come up and sniff my hand.


Sabrina’s filly


Flurry and Sabrina’s filly doing mutual grooming

I was delighted to see Diamond Girl and her filly had rejoined the rest of the group – since Diamond Girl finally had put on some weight and apparently extremely eager to get out of the corral. Her filly is taller than she is now, and is extremely friendly. The biggest problem I had photographing her was getting back far enough away – she was very interested in what I was doing, and liked nibbling on my jacket.


The friendly filly


She’s coming toward me, with mother Diamond Girl in the background


Taller than her mother already!

Aurora’s filly was very friendly as well and followed me around as I was photographing the other horses, and did not hesitate to come between me and other subjects as I was photographing them, which made me laugh. She enjoyed being the center of attention.


Aurora’s filly

Read the rest of this story HERE.

To get more information on the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and how you can visit and donate to help the horses:

Watch for information about how to listen to Susan Watt’s interview on Wild Horse and Burro Radio coming up the evening of March 9!

To read about the adventures of the Adobe Town Appaloosas, you can buy Galloping to Freedom: Saving the Adobe Town Appaloosas here:


To find out more about Cana Projects, who sponsored the Adobe Appys and Galloping to Freedom:

5 replies »

  1. I have visited the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary – they do a wonderful job of providing a place where the horses can live out their lives in peace and relative freedom. I wish there were more places like this to help alleviate the problem of so many horses held in those dreadful holding facilities.


  2. Love the pictures of the Apps! They are so beautiful &appear to be content. The main thing is that they are SAFE. And yes there should be more facilities like this for the horses that cant be returned to the range – but they ALL should be able to live free-roaming!


  3. THANK YOU for your post about the Adobe appaloosas and your visit with them. They are enjoying the “next-best-thing” to being wild and free-roaming and I especially thank you for that.

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  4. THANK YOU Carol. If not for you, most of us probably would not have known about these amazing Wild Horses.
    Many years ago, I read Dayton Hyde’s story, DON COYOTE and loved it. At that time I, like so many others, was unaware of the tremendous dangers facing our Wild Horses and Burros.

    DON COYOTE by author Dayton O. Hyde has been re-released by Johnson Books, Boulder, Colorado. Originally written in 1986, is was the winner of the 1989 American Library Association Ten Best Books of the Decade. 245 pages, 5 1/2 x 7 paperback, photographs by Dayton O. Hyde, ages 10 and up.

    There’s a stubborn myth perpetuated by sheepmen of the old school that coyotes live only to kill sheep, and should be shot on sight. This heart-warming true story of a rancher (The book’s author, Dayton O. Hyde) who befriends not just one coyote (The Don), but all the coyotes that live on his land, bears witness to a different truth.

    The Don snaps up Hyde’s offerings of bologna sandwiches, teaches Hyde to play the coyote version of Kick the Can, and makes his den under an abandoned tractor on Hyde’s ranch. When a trespasser shoots off the Don’s hind paw and gleefully chops off his tail, Hyde grieves, assuming his coyote friend is dead.

    But Don Coyote survives, without a tail and traveling on three legs. And as Hyde and the Don share one adventure after another, Hyde’s respect and affection for all coyotes grow. He brings in two more coyotes and six pups, all with their own uniquely engaging personalities. The pups grow up in varying degrees of domesticity and wildness, and one female, Coy, becomes Hyde’s constant companion. Coy rides with Hyde in his tractor, sleeps in the cabin, and runs with the ranch dogs.

    Hyde’s family of coyotes forces him to consider his role: a human being responsible to the land rather than dominating it. And as for the role of coyotes, the rodent population – for once – is under control, the grass grows higher, and the
    cattle on Hyde’s ranch remain untouched. In the end, Coy and the Don run off together, safe yet wild on Hyde’s ranch.

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