Wild Horse Sanctuary Shingletown. Photo by Greg Barnette.

Wild Horse Sanctuary plans open house in Shingletown

If you live in the Redding, California area, and want to see wild horses and burros, and meet Terri Farley and Craig Downer, among other fantastic things, come one, come all to Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown this Saturday, August 18, 2012, for their annual “friendraiser”. Read all about it.

Wild Horse Sanctuary Shingletown. Photo by Greg Barnette.
Charissa Gurnea works with Wesley at Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown.

Cross-posted from The Record Searchlight

Written by JANET O’NEILL

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. — Dianne Nelson likes to call it a “friendraiser.”

The open house she’s held annually at the Wild Horse Sanctuary for the past nine years happens again Saturday (Aug. 18), and she’s looking forward to meeting new people as well as seeing familiar faces.

It’s also part benefit for the 300 or so wild mustangs and burros she shelters on her 5,000-acre spread.

Nelson planted 30 acres of hay this year to help offset higher prices for the 300 tons she purchases each year. She also cleared an additional 30 acres of brush to plant native grasses in the fall.

“I don’t want to be totally dependent,” she said. “We’re just trying to maximize and just be able to be poised for whatever the future brings.”

But for now, anyway, she’s having a party. Highlights of Saturday’s free event include docent-led walks to view the mustangs and burros up close and free horse rides for children 10 and younger.

Also featured will be a blacksmith demonstrating his craft, a hay maze and face-painting for children, barn dance, barbecue and raffle. A veterinarian will be on hand to answer questions along with Terri Farley, author of the Phantom Stallion series, and wildlife ecologist and writer Craig C. Downer.

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