At Wild Peace Sanctuary, we engage our resident herd of rescued wild horses and burros in holistic land management practices to restore and regenerate land, and to raise awareness of the critical role these animals play in promoting healthy ecosystems, as a native, keystone species, and as ecosystem engineers. As the only single stomached (non-ruminant), large-bodied herbivores in the U.S., meaning they do not digest and ferment (destroy) seeds in their digestive tract but leave them intact in highly nutritive manure, these animals are uniquely beneficial to the land. When supported to live in a way that mimics their wild habits, they nourish the soil by fertilizing the ground, re-seeding native grasses and plants; restoring balance and biodiversity, and reducing wildfire risk through the removal of dry brush fuels.
In contrast to the myths perpetuated by modern industrial agriculture, in order to profit from the sale of toxic chemicals, "weeds" are mostly beneficial plants that provide nutrients for microorganisms, feed wildlife and other plants, are essential to pollinators, and are a source of food and medicine for humans. For this reason we refuse to join the war on so-called invasives and are focused instead on transforming the pasture lands we are working with into biodiverse meadows. We use regenerative agricultural and holistic land management practices such as planned adaptive grazing, which mimic the natural movement of these animals in the wild, and are adapted continually to changing ecological conditions. This supports our animals to restore a healthy balance of grasses, forbs, and legumes naturally over time, and completely eliminates the need for machines and power tools powered by polluting fossil fuels and poisonous lithium batteries, ironically the very same energy sources these animals are being removed from public lands in order to extract.