After a trip to the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area and experiencing the thrill of seeing horses in the wild, we realized there may be others who wish to observe unbound Mustangs. So armed with our cameras, binoculars, maps and 4WD we will venture into these wild and rugged places. Within these electronic pages we will share what is out there… Where The Wild Horses Are… living life naturally. Exploring also some of the places they come to be when removed from these management areas.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Feels Like Coming Home

The day finally came, 8 of the 29 Twin Peaks Sale Authority horses who were sold for a mere 25 dollars each to a woman in Michigan arrived back home! With them only one of the foals born while they were back east.

Rolling in after traveling the many highways between Allegan MI and Northern California, covering 2184 miles, the wheels of their coach finally came to a stop at 7 AM, Sunday 9/11, at DreamCatcher Sanctuary.
Inside they stood still and quiet, ears flicked back and forth listening intently to the sounds outside, nostrils reached for any scent that wafted through the open windows.

The drivers quickly but very quietly opened their door to freedom.

Jewel was the first to emerge.

She put her nose in all directions smelling deeply the scents that now surrounded her.

Directly on her heels were the Paint mare Chocolate and the gelding called Onyx. They wasted no time catching up to Jewel.

The drivers opened another interior compartment for the next group to be released.

The next to take her careful steps to freedom was the buckskin mare, Phoenix.

She also put her nose to all directions then headed toward the others.

Stormy, the gray mare, could not get away from the truck fast enough passing her stall mate running for the others.

The gelding called Cortez close behind.

In the forward compartment was the Appaloosa mare Lace and her foal who were the next to make their dash to freedom.

With her baby boy Shilo right on her heels...

up the hill they went to have a look around.

To be quickly joined by the gelding called Duke after he was released from the rear compartment he occupied during the trip.

They immediately formed a herd and ran, rolled, sniffed the air, squealed at the other horses over the fence, then went for a big long drink of water.
Jewel carefully studied the horizon in every direction, her gaze was far away and long.
As incredible as this new sanctuary home is, her real home is just over those hills and she knew it.

The light and sparkle quickly returned to the nervous eyes that first emerged from the trailer. 

So happy to be home!

As it should be... together and free, free from human interference or expectation.

To everyone who played a part in what to me is nothing short of a miracle...
Thank You!!!

Read Older Posts below for more of their stories and many photos.

In Defense of Animals founder Dr. Elliot Katz joyfully observed the safe return and release of these lucky few. With him was filmmaker Michael Bailey who was filming. Watch for their upcoming documentary of this event.
Also read IDA's story IDA Helps Mustangs Return Home

Also see the Humane Observer blog for more information.
More pictures are posted on The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalitions facebook page.
Straight From the Horse's Heart blog posted an article Abused Twin Peaks Wild Horses Come Home to DreamCatcher.

Sunset over the Sanctuary