FAQ

Where do the mustangs come from?

All of our mustangs were born in the wild and consist of Rescues, Rare Breed Preservation, and Sanctuary-Born Descendants. 

What types of mustangs do you have?

American, Spanish, Curly, & Choctaw Mustangs all make their home at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

What is IRAM?

IRAM stands for the Institute of Range & the American Mustang. It is the foundation started by Dayton O. Hyde to protect and preserve the land and the mustangs. IRAM is a private 501(c)3 organization registered in the state of South Dakota doing business as the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

How long have you been here?

Dayton O. Hyde founded IRAM in 1988.

Are you part of the BLM?

No, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is privately owned. We provide a home for mustangs once managed by the BLM.

Do you receive federal or state funding?

No, the sanctuary is supported by donations & tourism.

Are you tax exempt?

Yes, donations to IRAM are tax deductible contributions under the laws of the Interanl Revenue Service.

Our EIN is 46-0401462. As an organization in the State of South Dakota, IRAM pays South Dakota Sales tax and Fall River County Property tax.

Why do you have cattle?

Our red angus herd helps us qualify for Agricutural Property Tax, as horses are not classified as agriculture in the State of South Dakota. The Agricultural Status helps to lower the IRAM property taxes.