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Gila Bend Mustangs

This is a great story that has a troubled beginning but a wonderful happy ending.

This is our story of the Gila Bend Mustangs.


We took in this herd of 50 in 2020. They started their journey in Gila Bend Arizona. Gila Bend, founded in 1872, is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The town is named for an approximately 90-degree bend in the Gila River, which is near the community's current location. The entire herd traveled to the Cheyenne River Reservation here in South Dakota for a short while before they were sent to California sanctuaries. One sanctuary located in Northern California and one located in Central California.


During their time in Northern California they suffered through a large forest fire where it blazed and eventually crested over the little Gila herd. Some did not make it, others still suffer some effects from the high temperatures and smoke. They are smaller framed mustangs and have very few distinguishing marks. Staff on the Sanctuary joke how they look and act like Universal Pictures Minion. Where one goes the rest follows.


A year has gone by and the animals are healing, gaining needed weight, and for the first time in their lives running free on plentiful acres of space. We truly consider these Gila Bend Mustangs to be a wonderful addition to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Please consider sponsoring a Gila Bend Mustang.


Make A Mustang Friend

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary’s special Mustang Friend Donation Program allows you to donate directly to the care of a wild horse that makes their home here. Your support will provide your mustang with hay, fresh water, energy cake,  and salt, mineral, and wormer blocks. Your contributions will also provide any necessary farrier, dentist, and other vet care. 


Your sponsorship will take care of your Mustang Friend’s four essentials:

  • Fresh water

  • Freedom to move around

  • Friends

  • Forage in the form of hay


All sponsors receive:

  • Photograph of Your Mustang

  • Letter of Contribution

  • Calendar of Sanctuary Mustangs


Yearly Support Levels

Annual Friend $200 helps to cover basic needs

Winter Friend $400 provides an extra round bale for their friend

Four Season Friend $600 receives the opportunity to name their mustang friend. 


One Time Support (can be made in payments)

Forever Friend $5,000 receives all of the above, has the opportunity to name their mustang friend, plus provides lifetime care for their wild horse friend.

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