- Increase public awareness of herd dynamics and the genetic and historical value of America’s wild horses through trail rides on the sanctuary, publications, and public and media outreach.
- Demonstrate that wild horses can co-exist on open range in ecological balance with many diverse species of wildlife including deer, black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, wild turkey, gray fox, and over 150 species of birds.
- Provide a working, replicable model for the proper and responsible management of wild horses in their natural habitat.
- Collaborate with research projects to document the intricate and unique social structure, biology, and native intelligence of wild horses as well as the effective use of infertility vaccines.
- To be a voice for America’s wild horses and promote humane solutions to the problems that threaten their future existence on public lands.
- To inspire others to also be a voice for America’s wild horses.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, public foundation and 5,000 acre preserve dedicated to the protection and preservation of America's wild horses. It is currently supported by contributions from individuals and organizations with a wide range of backgrounds that share a common concern for wildlife, the environment, and our American heritage.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary conducts pack trips; develops public education programs; sponsors "resistance free" horse training seminars; participates in research projects on ecologically sound wild horse management; consults on related programs in order to help build other wildlife preserves; and cooperates with responsible ecology, animal protection, and educational organizations to further the protection of all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses, and the preservation of our natural environment.
We are open to the public for wild horse viewing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am - 4 pm - there is no cost.
Over 300 Wild Horses & Burros Run Free!
The government estimates there are 30,000 wild horses still roaming western public lands -- to manage or reduce these populations, wild horses are rounded up annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and made available for public adoption. More horses have been taken from their home on the public land than there are people willing or able to provide homes for them. Thousands have been removed from the range and held in crowded holding areas where they serve life sentences, waiting to die, unless someone adopts them.
Our horses have come from various government agencies gathered from desolate areas such as: Sheldon-Hart Mt. Wildlife Refuge in Oregon; White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and Modoc National Forest in California.
Nearly three hundred wild horses and burros live on the Wild Horse Sanctuary. These horses are descendants of Spanish horses brought to the New World in the 1500's by the Conquistadors. In the 1800's, the Spanish stock began to mix with European horses -- favored by the settlers, trappers and miners -- that had escaped or been turned out by their owners. The wild horses were in demand until tractors and other mechanical means replaced them. Then, they were pushed back into the most arid, hostile public lands that are left. Yet they still survive!
Each New Horse That Comes In Is Recorded And Photographed
As we unload them into holding pens, we check their physical condition before they are released onto the Sanctuary's grazing land. We record the age, sex and identifying marks. This horse, for example is a Palomino 9 year old, 14 hands tall, and 850 lbs. He came to us from Sheldon-Hart Wildlife Refuge where horses have been removed by the government from public land.