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Overnight Horseback Ride Rules and Conditions

The Wild Horse Sanctuary welcomes everyone to experience the beauty of the wild horses. Due to the nature of the overnight rides, there are some rules and conditions we must abide by to ensure the safety of both horse and rider, as well as, provide an enjoyable experience for all.

Physical Condition

All riders must be in good physical condition and able to independently mount and dismount their horses.

Experience Level

Open to all riders from novice to experienced. However, please be honest about your experience level so that we can match you with a horse to suit your skills. The following definitions should be used as a guide when filling out the trip application form:

Beginner: "Never been on a horse." "I ride 2 or 3 times a year."

Novice: "I ride 5 to 10 times a year." (And have for several years)

Intermediate: "I ride once a month." (And have for 5 years or more)

Advanced: "I ride once a week." (And have for several years)


Due to the fact that the trip includes a 2,000 foot climb to the cabins and a saddle weighing approximately 50 lbs., we must limit rider weight to 205 lbs. for the safety of both horse and rider. (Trip participation of riders exceeding the weight limit will be subject to management approval.)

Age Limit

Participation of children under the age of 14 will be subject to management approval.

Special Needs

So that we may properly accommodate you, please notify the Sanctuary in advance of any special needs you might have.

So, you’re interested in a Wild Horse Sanctuary trail ride but would like more information before you know for sure?

Read on...

2018 Trail Rides

2018 "Special" Rides

Wild Horses, Wild Flowers: Wildflower Ride: April 21 - 22, 2018 FULL

Combine the excitement of riding through the northern California foothills with exploring the region's glorious oak woodland and chaparral spring wildflower displays. Your wildflower expert, Laird Blackwell, author and photographer of several popular wildflower guides of the American West, will join the ride to teach you about the flowers along the way. You will receive a copy of his latest book, which he will be happy to sign and dedicate. Cost: $495

Spring Work Ride: Pay for 3 Days, Ride for 4! June 8 - 11, 2018: 1 spots left

Riders help with trail maintenance and range improvements on a working vacation. We will work just 2 half-days of the 4 day ride. We appreciate your support of and care for the wild horses! Cost: $575

2-Day Trail Rides: $475 per person

May 5 - 6: 6 spots left
May 19 - 20: FULL
June 1 - 2 (Private Ride)
June 23 - 24: 2 spots left
September 15 - 16: 6 spots left

3-Day Trail Rides: $575 per person

May 26 - 28 (Memorial Day) FULL
September 1 - 3 (Labor Day): 8 spots left
September 28 - 30 (Private Ride)
October 6 - 8 (Columbus Day): 8 spots left

Note: If you have a group that would like to book a ride exclusively, minimum of 8 guests with $150.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per guest, please call 530-474-5770 to make arrangements.

To register for a ride, please contact us at:

Phone: (530) 474-5770

Email: info@wildhorsesanctuary.org

A $150 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at the time of your reservation. Payment, in full, must be received 45 days prior to the date of the ride.

Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a trail ride! You can choose a 2-day or 3-day trail ride (see this page for trail ride dates). And, we can send you a gorgeous gift certificate to give, or we can email you your gift certificate that you can print yourself for last-minute giving.

2-Day Trail Ride

Gift Certificate  


Gift Certificate  


3-Day Trail Ride

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Gift Certificate  


If you have any questions regarding registration, please call our office at (530) 474-5770 or email us at


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: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-3pm)

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