Man Dedicates Whole Life to Protecting Wild Horses …The World’s Ultimate Cowboy

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Thanks to one defiant cowboy, hundreds of captured mustangs now run wild and free at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Thus returning the landscape to how it was 300 years ago where horses gallop free on American land.

Situated in South Dakota and surrounded by the Cheyenne River, this land remains one of the places where wild horses are free in America. Only fresh air and freedom will greet you here. No litter, no noise of automobile traffic, and no power lines.



Dayton O’Hyde moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1990, and it is where he dedicated his life operating a 11,000-acre sanctuary and shelter for wild horses, even if it meant going up against the government.

“When you see the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for yourself, I think you’ll agree. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful! This is as close to heaven as I’ll probably ever get,” Dayton says.

Discover more about this incredible man behind the mission to protect the wild horses of the American West and preserve the land long revered by Native Americans in the video at the bottom. Dayton is an award-winning writer, a conservationist, and a true cowboy.

With his dedication to protecting these horses, he gained so much attention that his life was turned into a film, which was released in 2013.


Watch the trailer for Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde below.