Wild horses held in captivity for the last year and a half, have been released on a Lincoln County ranch. 

The horses have been the subject of a legal battle since 2016, when a property owner near Alto called them a nuisance and rounded them up.

However, community members fought back, saying they have roamed the area for years and are loved. 

Since then, the State Livestock Board has been holding them. 

The release is a partial win for supporters, but they’ll continue to fight to get the horses released in the wild. 

They issued a statement Thursday saying, “The Wild Horse Observers Association hopes that the courts will uphold the Wild Horse Protection Law they passed with Sen. Komadina in 2007, so that these horses will be back at work for tourism in Alto, New Mexico, as they always have.”