Wild Horse Sanctuary: Home to Eight “Santa Cruz Island Horses”

I learned that “a small herd” of the Santa Cruz Island horses that were expelled from their Channel Island home back in the ’90’s found a new home at the 5,000 acre Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, California (Shasta County).  

Linda Nelson from the Sanctuary emails me that three mares, three stallions and two geldings from the Santa Cruz herd are alive and well.  I am going to go see them.  

The Sanctuary is open to the public (no charge) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and also offers trail rides and cattle drives.

The Wild Horse Sanctuary was founded in 1978 to save 80 wild horses who were found to be “unadoptable” by the U.S. Forest Service, and were scheduled to be “destroyed.”  Since then, the Sanctuary has worked to raise public awareness and to preserve and protect America’s wild horses and burros.  The Sanctuary is currently home to “approximately 300 wild mustangs and burros.”

Included among these are eight horses from the Santa Cruz Island herd.  Will I be able to spot them among the 300?


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