Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary FAQs

Are you open for tours?

In keeping with our mission to preserve and protect this land to provide a haven of hope for America's wild horses, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is private property and closed to the public.

How can I help?

You can help the horses is through sponsorships, donations, or shopping our on-line gift shop
We are also part of the Amazon Smile Program as the Institute of Range & American Mustang.

What does it mean to sponsor a horse?

Horse sponsorships are an annual gift towards a specific horse. Learn more on our Sponsorship Page

How large is the Sanctuary?

Our horses roam freely on over 11,000 acres.

How many horses do you have?

The Sanctuary is home to several hundred horses.

Do the horses breed naturally?

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is not intentionally breeding our horses.

However, this amazing Sanctuary property with 11,000+ acres, has an extensive system of canyons that run deep and long. Much of those areas are inaccessible for us humans except by foot. Catching a stallion that has made a canyon his home is not always possible. So, several years ago, we started using PZP fertility control on all the mares that we can. We also gather all the young colts we can so that they can be gelded and released. These combined efforts have significantly reduced the number of foals born.

Do you acquire the horses via orphans and abused unwanted horses?

We work with specific rescue organizations and carefully monitor the population here to avoid over-crowding/over-grazing on the available land. We focus on horses that were rounded up from America’s Public Lands, such as National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Some of those horses may have had a less than ideal life before they arrive at our Sanctuary.

Where do the horses come from?

Our horses come from all across the United States.

What is IRAM?

IRAM is an acronym of our full legal name, The Institute of Range and American Mustang, and we are a 501c3 Not for Profit organization.  IRAM operates the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary with the mission to preserve and protect this land to provide a haven of hope for America's wild horses.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes. We are a 501c3 Not for Profit organization, listed with the IRS as The Institute of Range and American Mustang. All donations are tax deductible.

Questions?   Call the Office!

Monday - Friday:    9 am - 5 pm MTN

605-745-5955

 

Susan Watt, Executive Director

605-745-7494 - direct line                 i​ram@gwtc.net

Melinda Kersten                              wildhorses@gwtc.net

Kelly Jennison                                 freetorun@gwtc.net

Offices are CLOSED Saturday-Sunday

In keeping with our mission to preserve and protect this land to provide a haven of hope for America's wild horses, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is private property and CLOSED to the public.    

Thank you for supporting the horses with your donations and purchases through our online gift shop!

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