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Where is the Wild Horse Sanctuary located?

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is located near the northern California community of Shingletown, approximately 160 miles (257.5 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento. Nearby are the cities of Red Bluff and Redding, plus Lassen Volcanic National Park.

How long has the Wild Horse Sanctuary been around?

The Wild Horse Sanctuary was established shortly after Dianne Nelson and her family rescued 80 wild horses that were destined to be killed in 1978. The Wild Horse Sanctuary was incorporated in 1979.

How many wild horses and burros roam free at the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

Nearly 300 wild horses and burros call the Wild Horse Sanctuary home.

Do you feed the wild horses and burros at the Sanctuary?

We usually feed hay about nine to ten months out of the year depending on the weather and the availability of natural grasses to graze on. Approximately 40 tons of hay, the equivalent of 400 bales or one truck and trailer load, will feed the horses for about a month. Tubs of supplement and rice straw are placed throughout the Sanctuary, too.

Do the horses receive any special care?

Yes, we de-worm the wild horses with a block wormer once a year.

Where were the wild horses rescued from?

Many of the horses have been rescued from federal lands such as the Modoc National Forest, Sheldon-Hart Mt. Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, plus a herd from the Nevada's Shoshone Indian Nation and Virginia Range. On occasion we have also accepted individual horses from private parties.

Any notable horses at the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

Yes, in particular, a magnificent wild stallion, known as Phantom that used to roam the hills near Dayton, Nevada and took up residence at the Sanctuary in 2006. The white stallion bears a remarkable resemblance to the Phantom Stallion created by the series of books of the same name by Terri Farley. "All the time I've been writing about the Phantom, I believed he was a creation of my imagination, but it turns out I was wrong," stated Farley, after learning about the Phantom Stallion that roamed the hills not far from her home.

How big is the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

5,000 acres big.

Is the Wild Horse Sanctuary open to the public?

Visitors are welcome at the Wild Horse Sanctuary on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How is the Wild Horse Sanctuary funded?

The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, public foundation dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses. It is supported by contributions and grants from individuals and organizations with a wide range of backgrounds that share a common concern for wildlife, the environment, and our American heritage. Money raised from the trail rides, Open House raffle, adoptions, and other fundraising efforts also go towards Wild Horse Sanctuary expenses.

Can individuals sponsor a wild horse or make a donation to the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

Absolutely. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted. Following are various donation levels that you might find helpful:

  • $38 - Feed one horse for one month
  • $50 - Become a Friend of the Wild Horse Sanctuary
  • $114 - Care for a horse for three months
  • $456 - Sponsor a horse for one year

For more details visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.

Are there any volunteer opportunities at the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

The Wild Horse Sanctuary offers a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals with various skills. We also offer summer internships for college students. For details and an application form for both offerings, please visit www.WildHorseSanctuary.org.

Does the Wild Horse Sanctuary host any special events or activities open to the public?

The Wild Horse Sanctuary hosts three types of special events annually - two and three-day trail rides from the end of April through mid-October; Open House on the third Saturday in August; and adoption of foals on the last Saturday in October.

What can you tell me about the trail rides?

The 2010 trail ride season at the Wild Horse Sanctuary runs from April 24-25 through Columbus Day Weekend (October 9-11). Trail rides do not occur during August. The rides follow trails created by the wild horses and burros through a landscape of oaks and pines, lava rock strewn meadows, wildflowers, and meandering streams. After a day of riding on the range, guests will enjoy a relaxing evening at the Wild Horse Sanctuary camp, which includes story telling around the campfire and a hearty barbecue dinner. The camp features frontier-style sleeping cabins that comfortably sleep two to four guests, a cook house, restrooms, and yes, even a hot shower. Cost for the two-day trip is only $435, and the three-day trip is $535.

What happens at the Wild Horse Sanctuary Open House?

On Saturday, August 21, 2010, the Wild Horse Sanctuary will welcome visitors to their annual Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Open House festivities include a docent-led walk to view wild mustangs and burros up close; FREE horse rides for children 10 and under; raffle; barbecue; cowboy poetry, live music; and barn dance. Other returning favorites include demonstrations on horseshoeing, horse grooming, and saddling scheduled throughout the day, a question and answer session with a veterinarian, and a parade of wild horses that have been adopted over the years from the Wild Horse Sanctuary.

When is Adoption Day at the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

Wild horse colts and fillies will be available for adoption on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Adoptions get underway at 8:00 a.m. with a silent bid auction. Horses not selected during the auction are then offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until 3:00 p.m. Available for viewing on Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the healthy foals range in age from 3 to 12 months and were recently weaned from their mothers. The annual Adoption Day is a humane way for the Wild Horse Sanctuary to effectively manage its herd of wild mustangs. To qualify, potential adopters must meet certain criteria, have the ability and financial means to care for a wild horse, and undergo an interview with Wild Horse Sanctuary staff to ensure their facilities are adequate for accommodating a wild horse, and that they understand adoption regulations.

What is the contact information for the Wild Horse Sanctuary?

P.O. Box 30
5796 Wilson Road
Shingletown, CA 96088-0030
(530) 474-5770

Does the Wild Horse Sanctuary have a Web site?

We sure do - www.WildHorseSanctuary.org


Press Contact

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Fred Sater Communications
(916) 972-1650

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30, Shingletown, CA
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