Holy cow what crazy weather we have been getting. Most days start out sunny by afternoon the clouds roll in and rain and hail follows. The other day a tornado touched down about 25 miles from us. Tornadoes are rare in the hills. The car port has had a couple light hail tests already and we are thankful to have put it up.
One perk for volunteers and workers in the Black Hills area is a VIP pass, this gets you discounts at area attractions. Last year we used ours to the total of more than $500. While we did many things we still have some new things we want to do.
So today with the weather forecast calling for a good day we headed to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. We invited another volunteer couple who reside in our campground to join us.
Jim and Betty work Fri.-Sun. checking park passes throughout the park.
The story of the sanctuary centers around Dayton O. Hyde who in 1986 after encounter with some sad looking horses in a cattle yard felt the need to do something to save them. He ended up working with the director of the BLM and created the Institute of Range and Mustang (or I.R.A.M.) a nonprofit organization. The sanctuary encompasses 14,000 acres of beautiful South Dakota country along the Cheyenne River. There is also a deep canyon that is pretty much left for the horses.
We were lucky to have a small group of only eight, so we got to take the small bus.
They are divided into three groups 1) the Curly Mustangs a horse with a woolly type hair. They have long curly hair in winter and shed it in summer. 2) the Choctaw Ponies are a rare breed thought to be of Spanish ancestry. They are a hardy breed with stamina like no others. 3) the American Mustangs the results of much crossbreeding such as Draft horses, Thoroughbreds, and Indian Ponies to name a few. The most numerous there are approximately 30,000 wild mustangs on public land.
A photographers dream shoot I will let the pics do the rest of the talking.