In 1978 some public lands around Shingletown, CA were slated for development. Unfortunately, the land was home to 80 wild horses that would need to be euthanized. Rather than allow that to happen, the founders of the Wild Horse Sanctuary created a safe haven for them and set out on a lifelong mission “to protect and preserve America’s wild horses as a living national treasure.”
Now home to around 300 wild mustangs and burros, the 5000-acre Sanctuary conducts pack trips, participates in research projects on wild horse management, and sponsors “resistance free” horse training seminars, as well as sponsoring wild horse adoption events. They are open to the public for wild horse viewing on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm at no cost. They also offer an unique opportunity for those who would like to ride the countryside and experience the Wild West as it was 100 years ago. Experience two to three-day trail rides, four-day cattle drives, and four to six-day cattle round-ups.