Sutter was born wild in northwestern Nevada. He was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management at age two. His good looks and golden Palomino coat must have made him a standout in the herd, and he was quickly adopted. But that’s where his story takes a sad turn.
A group called the Heritage Discovery Center stepped in and with time, patience, and careful handling, Sutter slowly learned to trust humans. He even started making appearances in educational clinics and was ridden by novice riders twice in the Rose Bowl Parade in California.
In 2002, Sutter got his forever home with Return to Freedom at its American Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, California. There, he continues to serve as an ambassador for wild horses, interacting with the public and teaching people about America’s wild horses.
Sutter’s role as an ambassador and educator for wild horses earned him the title of 2016 ASPCA Horse of the Year. He and other animal heroes (and humans who help animals) will be honored a the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City on November 17, 2016. Find out more at ASPCA.org.
Learn more about Sutter and the other horses of Return to Freedom at ReturnToFreedom.org.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com