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Ride With Us

Escape the routine of everyday life for a two or three day trail ride adventure among wild horses and burros, roaming free in their natural environment. Rides fill quickly.


We've Met Our Match

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've reached our maximum match of $10,000 from the Arthur and Elena Court Nature Watch Conservancy for 2015. Thank you donors! Thank you, Arthur and Elena Court! (from this point forward donation checks should be made payable directly to the Wild Horse Sanctuary and NOT the NWC)

Special Events & Announcements

April 16: Beautiful Colts and Fillies Available for Adoption
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2016 Trail Ride Schedule is Now Available!
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So much fun at the 2015 Open House and Benefit on August 15th! The weather was lovely, attendance up, and many, many compliments about the entertainment, vendors, volunteers, demonstrators, and parade participants. Thank you to all who helped make this day a huge success! See the photos >

Planned Giving: A NEW Way to Help!
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Gift Certificates Available:
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We've posted our Wish List for items that we need. Please help!

Wild Horse Rescue

A Word From Our Co-Founder, Dianne Nelson

"It was in 1978 that the Wild Horse Sanctuary founders rounded up almost 300 wild horses for the Forest Service in Modoc County, California. Of those 300, 80 were found to be un-adoptable and were scheduled to be destroyed at a government holding facility near Tule Lake, California."

You can support the horses with a donation:

Over the years many have joined in helping, but as effective and moving as these efforts have been, the Sanctuary and the wild horses still need your help.

• • Sponsor a wild horse TODAY! • •

•  We are open to the public for wild horse viewing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am - 4 pm - there is no cost.

•  Come along on a two or three day trail ride, where you can view the horses in the wild and enjoy comfortable cabins and an old west campfire dinner under the stars.

•  Would you like to adopt a beautiful young horse of your own? Click on our Adopt a Horse page and make that dream come true!

•  Would you love to have a wild horse, but don't have room for one in your backyard? Click on our Horse Sponsorship page to find out how you can sponsor a wild horse of your own.

•  Help us supplement hay and minerals for all of the wild horses during the long, dry months by becoming a Wild Horse Sponsor.

•  Are you a college student interested in living and working on the ranch and taking care of the horses? Find out about our Internships at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.

•  To learn the latest about what is going on at the Sanctuary, including our little victories and stories about the horses, click on our Newsletter.

Register for a trail ride online SIGN UP TODAY!

A Special Letter of Thanks From One Of Our Riders!

Good morning Dianne—

Our drive home yesterday went by in the blink of an eye, simply because we were all sharing our personal experiences from our ride with you. Surely this was an adventure of a lifetime -- because of your efforts and coordination. You definitely infused this whole excursion with your sunny, benevolent attitude so kudos to you, Dianne, for heading up such an impressive undertaking.

Thought you would like some positive feedback, along with gratitude, so here are some specifics on all the things that made our excursion so wonderful:

You have done a fantastic job organizing your ride. Sending out all the paperwork prior to the Big Day was appreciated.

You did an excellent job in matching us with our horses. And, having been on dude string rides before, and seeing how ill-treated and in what bad shape the horses have been in, you need to know how gratifying it was to see yourhorses in good fleshlet alonewithhappy dispositions.

Your volunteers were outstanding. This is stated emphatically and with experience, having been volunteer coordinator for a therapeutic riding program and thus knowing the nature of that beast! Everyone was polite, professional, courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, personable, along witha plethora of other adjectives. You just need to know that every single person made your guests feel like guests, while still allowing us to feel at home.

As a detail-person ("Picky Perkins")it was really apparent how you have gone to great efforts to please all of the people all of the time, so here are some well-planned touches that were noticed and appreciated:

  • Horse assignment (as previously mentioned, each horse was the right size and temperament for its rider.)
  • Array of food (this trip was like being on a cruise ship: eat! eat! eat! good! good! good!)
  • Sleeping accommodations (snug cabins, lanterns, hooks for hanging clothing and comfy bunks with mattresses complete with pillow!)
  • Bathroom/shower accoutrements (ahhhhh!)
  • Excellent entertainment (Gunny and her guitar were delightful -- I saved my sheet music to share with my husband!Singing at the campfire with a side of S'Mores made me feel like a little girl again. Having board games to bond over and get the giggle going was an added plus.)
  • Staff/volunteers (another repeat, but -- again -- your peoplemade the trip, because of their friendly, attentive, respectful attitudes.)

Meeting and greeting at the office/store and then our fond farewell on your inviting porch made this trip memorable from beginning to end. We will definitely tell our friends and for sure we are already anticipating our return ride next year.

All best to you in this incredible endeavor -- sincerely,

Chris Perkins P.S.Scritches and scratches and apples galore to Pathfinder!

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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