Rather than allow 80 wild horses living on public land to be destroyed, the founders of the Wild Horse Sanctuary rescued these unwanted horses and created a safe home for them. From this original herd, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is now home to over 300 horses who are allowed to live unfettered and untamed in their natural, wild state.
The Sanctuary is located near Shingletown, California on 5,000 acres of lush lava rock-strewn mountain meadow and forest land.
Beth interviewed one of the founders and we both shot photos for a story she is doing for Enjoy Magazine. These are a few of the photos from that shoot. We were there for several hours and found the people delightful, and both the and the horses simply entrancing. Both the founders and their level of accomplishment is really awesome. That said, there is a sense of peace there that is so very rare in the world today.
The sanctuary is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am - 6 pm. They do not charge admission, although they do appreciate donations and also volunteers, especially in winter when the work outdoors becomes muddy, cold and uncomfortable.