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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)

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A Word From Our Co-Founder, Dianne Nelson

Wild Horse Rescue

"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:

Special Events & Announcements

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 >

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.

2015 Trail Ride Schedule is Now Available!
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Beautiful Colts and Fillies Available for Adoption
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Planned Giving: A NEW Way to Help!
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Gift Certificates Available:
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Wild Horse Sanctuary Receives Grant from ASPCA
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) awarded the Wild Horse Sanctuary a $4,000 grant for the designated purpose of 'Emergency Hay Support.' "With three years of drought, we have had to supplement the natural feed the wild horses and burros graze on even more this year," said Dianne Nelson, President, Wild Horse Sanctuary. As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily on donations to operate the sanctuary and we are extremely grateful to the ASPCA for their generous support," Nelson added. So, how much hay does $4,000 buy? About 40 tons of hay, which equates to 400 bales or one truck and trailer load.

We've posted our Wish List for items that we need. Please help!

Wild Horse Sanctuary Rescues Horses from Riverside County

The Wild Horse Sanctuary has rescued 15 wild horses from Barkley's Freedom Mustang Rehabilitation and Adoption Center in Wildomar, California and plan to release them into the Sanctuary on Thursday, July 7.  The Center was forced to reduce the number of horses in their care due to a change in the zoning code as a result of the recent incorporation of the Riverside County community of Wildomar into a city.

"We are so grateful to the Wild Horse Sanctuary for taking our horses and providing them a place to roam free and live out their natural lives," said Debra Barkley, President, Barkley's Freedom Mustang Rehabilitation and Adoption Center.  The wild horses were rescued by Debra and her husband Tom from various locations and have a history of abuse and neglect.

"Because of the distinctive Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Department of Agriculture freeze marks, we know that at one time these horses roamed federal and state lands administered by these two agencies," noted Dianne Nelson, President, Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Before being released in to the Sanctuary, the horses are given time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  In addition, as a course of responsible herd management, the mares received a laparoscopic ovariectomy, a surgical procedure rendering them unable to breed. The laparoscopic ovariectomy is less invasive, requires less anesthesia and less recovery time then other birth control procedures.

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.

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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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