Horse reunites with owner after running off to live with wild mustangs in Utah desert for 8 years

Even wild horses couldn’t drag it.

After eight years on the run, a horse named Mongo has returned home to his owner, Shane Adams. And despite spending nearly half his life with a herd of mustangs, Adams said, “he acts like nothing ever happened.”

Nearly a decade ago, Adams was camping in the western Utah desert with his horse Mongo when he accidentally got loose. The horse had been tethered to Adams’s shop, but when he ran past a herd of wild mustangs, Mongo took off.


Adams came out of his tent and tried to catch Mongo, but it was too late.

He eventually had to return to his home in northern Utah without his horse.

He told everyone he knew, including the Bureau of Land Management, to keep an eye out for Mongo. And for the next three years he went back to the desert on weekends to look for his friend.

Without much hope he gave up visiting the desert and bought another horse, but kept Mongo’s halter just in case.

Time marched on and she never heard another word about his beloved horse until September 2022, when the Bureau of Land Management approached him.

They recently rounded up a herd of wild mustangs and noticed that one of the horses was tamer than the others.

After a closer look, they realized that it matched a description Adams had given them years earlier.

‘Never in my life’
The two recently met, a moment Adams never anticipated.

What’s even crazier is that even though Mongo is so much older now, he’s 18 and very underweight, he was ready to ride.

“It’s crazy that he’s still acting the same, the same horse,” Adams said. “Eight years of being wild and acting like nothing happened.”

Welcome home Mongo! May you continue to live the rest of your years surrounded by the family that loves you so much.