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Atsa was ripped from his home & family.

Atsa was beaten, abused, and starved.

Atsa's been through pain that we can't imagine.

But Atsa survived, and he's ready to go home.

We need your help getting him back where he belongs.

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In the beginning...

Atsa was born in the early to mid 90’s as a wild, free mustang. He had a mother, a father, siblings, and family. He roamed with his herd as a young colt, playing, running, and learning. He grew large and strong - at nearly 17 hh tall, he is one of the largest on record from his family lines. As a proud young stallion, Atsa was seen roaming with others, in a band of “bachelor stallions."

We don’t have a detailed record of Atsa’s time in the wild, but he was likely wild for at least 20 years. Wild horses form deep connections and bonds. In that much time, it’s likely Atsa had a vast family. In addition to his brothers and sisters, he likely had a herd of his own, filled with mares he loved and foals they raised together.

The photos in the gallery below were taken by Larry McFerrin Photography in April of 2009, Atsa was about 12 years old.

Atsa's capture...

Atsa was around 21 years old in the fall of 2018, when he and his family were chased across rough terrain by low-flying helicopters. After running for miles, they reached the capture site. Mounted BLM crew members waited there, ready to chase, flag, and rope them into the trapping pens.

The pictures in the following galleries were provided by the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), and show Atsa’s family during his capture. 

Many of the horses fought back and resisted capture. Some of them would run or evade the pens, but they would still linger nearby, unwilling to leave their captured family members behind. This made it easy for BLM crew members to rope the remaining horses and/or chase them into the pens.