A wild mustang mare and her colt comfort one another as the sun sets on another day in the Sand Wash Basin of Colorado. This pair along with her stallion were spared as they eluded capture by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). After a stressful two weeks of roundups that were conducted by helicopters and herders, 70% of the estimated 900 wild horses were removed to be vaccinated, sterilized and mostly adopted but, some will ultimately be sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. Life in the basin is hard with limited access to water and scarce food sources which prompted the federal government to conduct roundups to thin out the herds. On our cross-country trip out west, traveling to this location was most important to me because of its significance…losing your freedom and sacrificing your wild spirit. Coming here would be harder than I thought. It put a great strain on my husband because of the rough terrain and remoteness of the area. But, There was great comfort in knowing, that some of these horses were able to keep their freedom and ultimately their spirit. Because of the fighting spirit of the volunteers from Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Advocate Team — called SWAT — 50 more of the horses were able to remain in their home on the high desert rangeland in far northwest Colorado.