30 Jun 2014 Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
The Black Hills Wild Sanctuary, located outside of Hot Springs, South Dakota, stretches over 14,000 acres of protected land. Thousands of wild horses make their home on Sanctuary land. American, Spanish, Curly, and Choctaw mustangs, rescued from kill facilities, are relocated from the Bureau of Land Management lands and are provided permanent shelter without restriction in a protected and privately owned wilderness.
The landscape is unblemished by roads, power lines, or human interference. Indeed, many horses were born on Sanctuary land and had never seen a human being. And when the inevitability of death claims the life of one, the bodies return to the earth without human interruption. The hallowed piece of land is marked by history in the bones of abandoned pioneer shacks and flint mines.
A brainchild and dream accomplished by founder, Dayton O. Hyde, the Sanctuary preserves not only the raw history of wild mustangs but is a snapshot of history long passed and seldom remembered in equine photos.