GameKeeping Practices


Our sanctuary, Wild Horse Canyon, in Caliente, Kern County, California, is a permanent natural-habitat home for some of our rescued mustangs. Wild Horse Canyon allows many of our mustangs, those who are un-adoptable or not well-suited to life in captivity, to live out their lives in an environment that is as close as possible to freedom on the range.

Wild Horse Canyon is the home of more than 275 rescued wild and domestic horses living on a combined 1000 acres in Kern County, California, and is the location of our Wild Horse Canyon Lodge and Headquarters.  The Lodge is a guest gathering place and a facility utilizing our wild horses in horsemanship and empowerment programs we call Wild Horse Journeys.

We continue to expand our sanctuary properties to make room for additional rescued horses that are not suitable for adoption.  It is here that horses with advanced age, injury, lameness, or pyschological trauma can live their lives in peace and harmony never to be in jeopardy of being abused, neglected or sent to slaughter.  Ever.

Prior to being released at our sanctuary, rescued horses are assessed for adoptability.  Those horses that are suited for a new home go through our training and placement program.  Those horses that need to go to sanctuary are on a long waiting list and earn their freedom as new land parcels in Wild Horse Canyon are acquired and fenced.






Habitat administration practices on Lazy S Plantation to assist untamed life go back to the mid 1900s when brush shelters were first constructed for partridge quail. Untamed life habitat improvements spearheaded by Lazy S include:

  • The installation of windmills at two-mile intervals across every one of the four farm divisions
  • The formation of earthen tanks at windmill sites, a significant number of which were fenced to reject cows, to give flood water to natural life
  • Half-slicing shrubs to give shelter to quail
  • Construction of “living fences” of thorny pear cactus in open areas to increase untamed life security cover
  • Strip disking to cause soil disturbance along these lines advancing early successional plant species essential for an assortment of untamed life

Notwithstanding the scientific untamed life research being directed on Lazy S Plantation, the farm’s own Untamed life Division every year conducts an assortment of natural life surveys and “in-house” research projects to all the more likely deal with the farm’s regular resources. Yearly surveys directed on the farm include:



An airborne drone and chopper diversion survey, consisting of almost 3,000 miles of transects, to estimate trends in deer sex and age ratios and bounty (quail coveys, non domesticated hogs, busted peccaries, coyotes, nilgai, and bobcats are considered and recorded well)

Numerous spotlight deer surveys, right now including nine routes totaling about 150 miles, to estimate trends in deer and nilgai bounty


Quail whistle counts, including eight routes totaling more than 200 miles, to estimate relative bounty and trends in nesting movement

Quail windshield counts, including eight routes totaling almost 175 miles, to estimate relative bounty and generation

Hen-poult turkey counts across every division to estimate poult creation and trends in bounty

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