Tehama - The Magazine

Fall 2013

Tehama - The Magazine - Red Bluff Daily News

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Sanctuary for the wild By Julie Zeeb Nestled in the hills down the road from Manton, near Shingletown, hundreds of horses roam the rugged hills of a 5,000-acre parcel known as the Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Road. What started as about 80 horses has grown over the years to about 300 with the addition of the youngsters born through the years to the once wild herd. In 1978, Dianne Nelson was a part of a group contracted to round up horses for the U.S. Forest Service on its land. As the contract neared the end it was learned that the remaining 80 were to be destroyed so she began her fight to save the horses by adopting them, Nelson said. There are also a small number of burros that roam the property as well. The first five years were spent in Alturas before eventually finding its way to Shingletown where over the years she and her non-profit foundation have been able to purchase about half the land it uses, she said. Top: A group of babies ready to go up for adoption in October. Above: Dianne Nelson and her dog prepare to head out to where the wild horses are fed. October, 2013, Tehama - the Magazine 5

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