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Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
South Dakota

35 Years of Wild Horse Freedom

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Aurora and Bronze Warrior

Adobe Town Appy's


They were rounded up by the BLM and reunited their herd at their new Forever Home here at Sanctuary in 2015.  

Read about their lives in the book Galloping to Freedom by Carol Walker available in our Gift Shop on line. 

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Our Mission

     The Institute of Range and the American Mustang founded by Dayton O. Hyde in 1988 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation registed in the state of South Dakota. The Institute's Federal Tax Number is  46-0401462.

Iram owns owns 11,000 acres of private land dedicated to range preservation and a balanced ecosystem. IRAM's finest gift is The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, whose purpose is to provide not only freedom for unadaptable wild horses but also a research area dedicated to solving the problems of wild horse herd management that will contribute to the well-being of wild horses everywhere.

Photo by K.R. LaRive

You can now pre order a 2024 Mustang Memories       Calendar today!


Join The Herd

Make a Mustang Friend

The Sanctuary's Mustang Donation Program allows you to donate directly to the care of a wild horse. Your  support will provide your mustang with horse cake, hay, salt mineral and veterinary care. 

100% of the Sanctuary’s funding comes from donations from individuals and private foundations. Your gift goes directly to the care of the mustangs.

          Click on the photo above! To Order Today 


  Two Adobe Town Mares from a 2014 BLM Round    up. Came to their Forever Home at the             Sanctuary in 2015

Visiting the Sanctuary in 2023 

We are extending our tours through the months of October, November, and December until the snow flies!

To make reservation for a Tour out to see the mustangs please call 605-745-5955. The tour is $300 per person plus tax. You are welcome to drive down to our Gift Shop and purchase gift items to support our mustangs. Our Gift Shop is open from 9-4  Monday - Friday please call 605-745-5955 before you come. We are often out feeding horses and are not available. Thank you for your friendship and support of the beautiful wild horses!

Sorry due to a change in our program and Covid we no longer accept volunteers or rent out our cabins.

 "One old cowboy can do quite a bit but it is up to us to carry on the dream of keeping these wild horses running free."


Dayton O. Hyde

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To learn more about Dayton O. Hyde, order your book today!

We must never forget the beauty and importance of our wild horses and their right to run wild and free.
– Dayton O. Hyde (1925-2018),
All the Wild Horses

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The Institute of Range and the American Mustang (IRAM) was created in 1987 to provide a permanent private home for America's unwanted wild horses. The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is the primary program of IRAM focused on the preservation of endangered wild horse bloodlines of the resident mustang bands. This includes the Spanish, Choctaw Indian, Curly and American Mustangs.

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