"My name is Warrior, I was born in the mountains of Northern Utah about 28 years ago. I was born free, free to run and play, free to grow up to be a mighty stallion and have my own band for many years. I protected my band of mustangs from predators and other stallions who tried to challenge me. After many years, battle scarred and weary I relinquished my band to a younger stallion and roamed the mountains and plains as a lone stallion. For many months the rains didn't come like they used to when I was younger, the grass became scarce and the water holes further apart. Then last summer i and some of my herd were captured so that we could go where there was water and food, we were put into large corrals. I tried to fight, I tried to get over the 8 foot fences but it was no use. Then one day I was loaded into a trailer by a girl named Annie, I had seen her before, she had a kind face, she was here often, helping with the mustangs and she would load some of us up and take us away, she is the one that named me Warrior. I had heard that she took us to a good life and new homes. But it was still the unknown. Then one day it was my turn, Annie told me that I was going to a new home, to a ranch in Southern Arizona. I had never heard of Arizona before, I had only known the mountains of Utah, was it far? After a long drive I arrived in Arizona, I stayed the night with Annie and then the next day I was again loaded into a trailer and taken to the ranch to have a new home with new adventures and friends. I am Warrior, I'm untamed and this is my story."
Warrior has still never been touched by human hands, except when he was originally captured. He came to Wild Horse Haven to live and to be free, he has his choice here. He has a small band of mustangs here and they roam the ranch, through the trees and the hills... free to be mustangs.
"I'm Sidewinder, the stripe on my nose looks like a snake. I am an Ambassador of Peace, I am able to calm wild horses and now at WHHR I am using my ability to calm others and make them feel safe, to heal humans with PTSD."
Sidewinder (Odin) came from the Black Hills of South Dakota, he was born underneath the bluff where the Native Americans have performed the Sundance Ceremony for centuries. It is also where the Cheyenne River runs North, South, East, and West. It's a place of powerful medicine. After Sidewinder was captured, he was known for being able to calm down other wild horses, he was used to help put wild horses into trailers who didn't want to go. It is said that he carries the soul of a medicine man.
It's been noticed here that Sidewinder has a special ability to connect with people, he has made people cry just by hugging him. Kids are attracted to him and he loves them.
I'm Sirroco, I run like the hot desert winds in Death Valley where I grew up. I was nervous when I came to WHHR, I didn't want to have to stay in a small corral, but I was set free and now I can run like the wind again
I'm Rowdy and I live up to my name every chance I get. I'm a Triple B mustang from Nevada, I like to run and buck and tease the other horses. I came to WHHR with Sirroco and now we are free to run and go on adventures together once again.
I was born with crooked legs, I can never be ridden. It wasn't my fault, I still like to run and play and I'm happy I came to WHHR so that I can be free. I'm called Tuffy because I may walk funny but I'm tough!
I like it when the kids read me stories, it helps me forget my legs and I love it when they hug me!
"I once liked humans but they chased me on terrifying machines, I was scared and I ran through barb-wire fences cutting me and making me bleed. Now I live free again at WHHR and I'm not scared anymore."
Little Joe had been an adopted mustang but was abused by his owner. He was chased relentlessly for miles. Luckily he was found by, some good horse people. They took him in and took care of him for a year but he never fully recovered from the trauma of being chased, so they brought him here to be free.
Little Joe suffers from PTSD, he will work through his trauma while helping veterans work through theirs.
I am Donar, the Germanic God of Thunder. I was chased and scared by humans and now I have severe PTSD. My brother, Blitzen and I help military veterans deal with their PTSD while they help us with ours.
I am Blitzen, that means Lightning. My brother, Donar, and I were chased and scared by humans and now we have severe PTSD. We help military veterans deal with their PTSD while they help us with ours.
I'm Rouge, I am, a lone mustang, none of my friends came with me after we were captured. I like it here at WHHR because I can run free, I’ve made friends with Little Joe and I am learning to be friends with the humans.
Rouge came to WHHR because he suffered from severe anxiety around humans, he was turned free here and has been getting better. He will help work with veterans and others with anxiety and PTSD.
I'm Mavis the Brave, when I was just a little burro, I was lost in the wild, chased by a mountain lion and had to hide from coyotes in the middle of the night. All while trying to find my way back to Wild Burro Mesa, my story is coming soon in a children's book about my adventures at Wild Horse Haven."
I'm Charlotte, I'm a grammy donkey, I love when the human kids come and read to me. I like to put my head in their laps and I love it when they hug me.
Charlotte is an older donkey, she is from the wild but is very gentle and has a kind and compassionate soul. Charlotte will come out of her shelter when kids come into her corral and sit down to read. She will put her head in their laps and listen intently while the children read to her.