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2013 Annual Foal Adoption Update

On Saturday, October 26th, 20 wild horse colts and fillies, in a rainbow of colors, were made available for adoption at the Wild Horse Sanctuary, located near Shingletown in northern California (approximately 170 miles northeast of Sacramento). These hearty and healthy foals range in age from 4 to 12 months and had been weaned from their mothers. The annual Adoption Program is a humane way for the Wild Horse Sanctuary to effectively manage its herd of approximately 300 wild mustangs and burros.

The weather was lovely and potential adopters were thrilled with their choices! 13 horses were placed in loving, forever homes! There are 5 youngsters still awaiting permanent placement. "With love and care, the foals will grow to be intelligent, sure-footed and loyal," stated Dianne Nelson, President, Wild Horse Sanctuary, "and with a little patience and proper training, they will become great companions."

To qualify, potential adopters must have a space with good, safe fencing and a shelter, 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. For more information about available foals, please call (530) 474-5770 or email info@wildhorsesanctuary.org

Potential adopters must complete an Adoption Application, which can be downloaded here.

The horses below are available NOW!

If you have questions or need more information, please call the Wild Horse Sanctuary at 530-474-5770 or email Jill Broughton at whs3@frontiernet.net.

If you are interested in adopting or know someone who is, please use this link to download an adoption application.

Why do we allow breeding?

To better understand the Wild Horse Sanctuary's position on allowing limited reproduction, please download "Why Allow Breeding at All".

Bay Yearling - Colt

Black and White Yearling - Filly

Red Roan Yearling - Filly

Dark Bay Yearling - Colt

Palomino Yearling - Filly

Bay Colt, Roan Filly, Pinto Filly


Horse Adoption Opportunities

The following are some examples of the foals we have adopted out.

Horse Adoption Success Story


I have attached some photos of a 3 year old gelding adopted from you as a weanling. He is now one of my most trustworthy horses and is an amazing addition to our herd. He is the horse that our beginner friends LOVE to ride :) You are more than welcome to use some photos of him on your site as an example of what these horses are being used for. The third picture was taken at a friends ranch when he had only 8 rides on him. We were helping to bring in a herd of nearly 100 head of cattle and we came to a place where we had to herd them through a small gate. Cash and I were part of the group that was supposed to catch the herd and make sure they did not pass the gate instead of going through it. Just before the herd reached us a few cows split off from the group and the other riders with us took off to catch them. Meanwhile Cash and I had the entire herd of 100 cows mooing and bleating rushing towards us.

Poor Cash was so intimidated that his whole body shook, but I pet his neck and told him easy and bless his heart he held the line and pushed every single cow through the gate by himself! Truly, once a Mustang puts his trust in you they will do anything and go anywhere. Many other colts I have started would have left me in the dust to push the cows in myself.

Thank you for these amazing horses.

Madeleine LeClerc

Wild Horse Sanctuary
Physical Address: 5796 Wilson Hill Road, Shingletown, CA 96088
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30, Shingletown, CA
(530) 474-5770 (office hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm)

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