Virginia Range mustangs, like Black Jack and his family, are beloved by the community. Some residents have even moved to specific neighborhoods just to live amongst wild horses! So when neighbors see horses, who they have watched grow up, have babies and live peacefully for years, get captured, they want to save them. Until last year, rescuers were forced to outbid the kill buyers at these auctions to save the horses. But under an agreement negotiated by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) under its founding organization Return to Freedom, rescue groups can now purchase horses directly from the state, thereby preventing them from going to a livestock auction.
Such was the case with the "Lockwood 9" (as Black Jack and his family came to be known). They were purchased by AWHPC from the state in 2014 and cared for in a wonderful foster home for nearly a year. Within a few months, the Lockwood 9 became the Lockwood 13, as four beautiful foals were born. In his temporary 6-acre pasture, Black Jack remained the diligent leader of his family, which includes a colorful array of roan, grulla, bay and black horses with beautiful markings.