At the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, hundreds of captured mustangs now run wild and free — all because of one defiant cowboy. Here, horses gallop on American land just as it was 300 years ago. This land remains one of the wildest places in America, situated in South Dakota and surrounded by the flowing Cheyenne River. There’s no noise of automobile traffic, no power lines, no litter — only fresh air and freedom.
In the video below, you’ll meet the incredible man behind the mission to protect the wild horses of the American West and preserve the land long revered by Native Americans. Dayton O’Hyde is a true cowboy, a conservationist, and an award-winning writer.
In 1990, Dayton moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he dedicated his life to operating his 11,000-acre sanctuary for wild horses, even if it meant going up against the government. “This is as close to heaven as I’ll probably ever get,” Dayton says. When you see the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for yourself, I think you’ll agree. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful!
Please enjoy the trailer for Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, a documentary released in 2013.
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