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The Native American Horse Trail (NAHT) was founded in 2014. The NAHT is a partnership of horse sanctuaries across North America that is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Native American Horse. Although each location has its unique focal points, our alliance is firmly committed to providing opportunities for people to learn about the history of the horse in the Americas, and to experience these creatures in their natural environments or on traditional lands.


The NAHT stretches across midwest, southwest, and southern areas of the United States; including Canada, with 5 Native American Horse Sanctuaries in 4 different states and 2 different countries.


Each of our member organizations are dedicated to the following three things:

1. Preservation of the Native American Horse

2. Promotion of the history of these horses with Native Peoples

3. The protection of related sacred sites and ceremonies


It is our belief that through a strong partnership, we can secure a sustainable and fruitful future for both the ponies and the people who love them.


The Heritage Horse of Oklahoma Sanctuary (Antlers, Oklahoma): Dedicated to the preservation of the Choctaw horse and its natural habitat.

Sacred Way Sanctuary (Florence, Alabama): A research, education, and preservation facility for
the Indigenous Horse of the Americas that is grounded in both Western academia and the
Traditional Knowledge of a number of Native Nations across North America.

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (Hot Springs, South Dakota): Dedicated to the care and
preservation of the “American mustang,” sacred sites, and the range. They are the largest wild
horse sanctuary in the world and are located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Nokota Horse Ranch (Linton, North Dakota): preservation of the Nokota horse (the
descendants of the Lakota Elder Sitting Bull’s horses), sacred sites, and the Native and settler
history of North Dakota.

The Red Pony Stands Ojibwe Horse Sanctuary (Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada): dedicated to
the protection, promotion, and preservation of the endangered Ojibwe pony.

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