His renewed freedom was short lived as he was recaptured, separated from his family and shipped to the holding corrals in Delta, Utah. His spirit was crushed, his life endangered by intensive confinement.
Despite more than 24,000 Americans calling on the BLM to return the senior stallions from the Sulphur Springs roundup to the wild, the agency refused. Instead, the BLM auctioned off #3907 to the highest bidder - a breeder in the Pacific Northwest.
For five long months, it seemed that this elder mustang was destined to spend his remaining years confined to a breeding pen, until the breeder reneged. A fantastic mustang advocate who has worked tirelessly to save #3907 stepped in and secured sanctuary placement with Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where he was set to travel this week.
Mr. Grulla #3907 was part of a larger rescue of three other senior stallions, as well as three mare/foal pairs who were also captured in the February roundup. He was being gelded so that he could join his herd mates at the sanctuary. The three senior stallions - one older than #3907 - that were rescued before him were gelded successfully without complications. The hope was that #3907 could be reunited with his herd and they could live together as a family to help supplement the family bonds and friendships that were destroyed by the BLM when they were rounded up.