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Donner parents had be captured by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) in Oregon, his sire Steens Kige was admitted to the Steens Mountain Kiger Registry studbook, which Donner is also now registered with.
Donner now lives in a facility in Santa Barbara County California, where he can freely roam over 300 acres of pasture. Donner works as an Ambassador for Kiger Mustangs, and Dreamworks did a follow up movie Return to Freedom Spirit`s to raise awareness for mustang horses in the wild character and heart than his famous counterpart, and both in the real world and the world of animation both Spirit and Donner are helping promote the need to keep the natural habitats so these beautiful wild horses can continue to run free.
In 2018 Donner was included in the Horse Stars Hall of Fame by the EQUUS Foundation, on his 25th birthday he received birthday message from John Fusco and animation director Lorna Cook and a visit from award-winning actress Rosario Dawson.
Kiger Mustangs are native to southwest Oregon, where two herds are managed by the BLM. DNA testing proved that they are descendants of Spanish horses that were brought to America by Conquistadors.
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