Alberta Mountain Horses for Adoption


WHOAS continues to respond to complaints where the wild horse stallions are causing problems to private land owners. Usually these boys are trying to break into where land owners have mares and steal them for themselves. Unfortunately efforts such as changing them back onto the forestry or fixing fences do not always work. In the past a lot of times you know where these horses would have ended up. Now, however, more property owners are calling upon WHOAS to help out with these types of situations. We would rather see them running free and wild, but at least now can offer another solution which is adoption.


Buster is a rescued Alberta Mountain Horse. WHOAS took him in and have been working with the boy gentling him down, gaining his trust and he is also halter broken. He is around 14-141/2 hands high and with of course, excellent feet. These wild horses once trained have proven over and over again, to be remarkable trail horses. They are very sure-footed, level-headed and strong with excellent endurance. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. If you are interested, please contact us to arrange a visit. The adoption fee helps recover some of the costs in our saving these horses.


Here is Bandit who was very determined young boy who had managed to get into a pen of the landowner’s registered Paint mares. He is about 5 yrs. old and 14 hands high. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. He has progressed extremely well in his gentling process and shows great promise.


Baxter has been featured here before and is the old boy, about 15+ years old. He has had a tough life in the wild but is now thriving with our care and attention. He has also responded well to the gentling process. He has been gelded, wolf teeth removed, dewormed and vaccinated. We believe that Baxter would make an excellent companion pasture horse where he would be able to live out his life in peace. Our hope is that we find this type of loving home for him.

If you are truly interested,we stress the importance of visiting us and getting hands-on experience with the horse you may want to adopt. To arrange a visit please email us.

2017 Fund Raising Calendar

Remember that we still have our fundraising calendars available. These make an excellent Christmas gift for the horse lover in your family. You can order online by clicking the link at the top of the page or send us a cheque to WHOAS, Box 70022, Olds, AB  T4H 0A3. The cost is $25 each.



May We Never Forget

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May we remember our brave men and women that have died or fought for our freedom and those that still serve our country.

Freedom fighters

I would hope that we can also take a moment to remember the millions of horses that also died on the battle fields.  Horses throughout the history of mankind have always served us with little thanks for the important part they have played in our heritage and history.

The current Canadian Horse Journal’s Hoofbeat magazine has excellent articles on their service to us and our country.  The most poignant one is a story by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne called, The Real War Horses – Faithful Unto Death.  In it she has several stories about the different roles these played in this war.  It is in this article she tells of the over 4 million horses on both sides that perished due to this conflict.   Some of these horses (hundreds) came from the areas where their descendants, our wild horses of today still roam.

"Goodbye Old Man"
“Goodbye Old Man”

So as these horses fought for our freedom WHOAS will continue our efforts to allow the descendants of these magnificent animals to remain free and wild.  These are our Alberta Wild Horses.



Reminder – we need your support

2017 Fund Raising Calendar

We just wanted to let everyone know that our major fundraising event is the sale of out “Wild Horse” calendars and they are available now.  You can order them on-line by clicking on the Purchase Calendar link at the top of the page.  You can also send a cheque or money order to WHOAS, Box 70022, Olds, AB., T4H 0A3.  They are also averrable at the Sundre Museum, Olds UFA Farm Store and we will have a booth at the Millarville Christmas Market, Nov 10-13, 2016.

All money raised goes toward WHOAS’s work to protect and save your Alberta wild horses. Be sure to watch CBC The National this Monday evening where Reg Sherren’s team presents a 10-minutes program on WHOAS’s work which highlights the contraception program and where most of our funds are spent.

Our fundraising efforts are becoming more important as the government’s wild horse management strategy is in the works and it does not sound good for the horses. More to follow.




2017 Fund Raising Calendar

WHOAS is happy to announce that our 2017 calendar will be available for shipping starting next week.  To purchase one and support our work to protect and save our Alberta wild horses, click on the link at the top of the page for the “purchase a calendar”.  If you wish you can also send a cheque or money order to Wild Horses of Alberta Society or WHOAS at:

Box 70022
Olds, AB.   T4H 0A3

2017 Fund Raising Calendar

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Heartland Raffle Winner



The winner is !!!

The winner is  Delaney from Blackfalds, AB. Thanks to Jack Nichol, our lead wrangler, and John McFadden, a friend of WHOAS, who drew the lucky ticket at our rescue and handling facility west of Sundre.

WHOAS would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets and those who helped sell them. All the monies raised goes to support WHOAS’ work to protect and save your Alberta wild horses. Thanks also goes to CBC and the Heartland cast and crew for choosing our society to participate in this fundraiser this year.





August Update

Checking it out
Checking it out

Summer has been a good one for the wild horses despite all the rain. The grasses are lush and green and the herds are looking very healthy. As you can see the foals are healthy and growing big and strong.

Being a brat!
Being a brat!

These three youngsters took turns seeing who could be the most annoying to the others.

One thing about late summer is that the horses do spend a lot of time seeking sanctuary from the annoying insects. At times you’ll find them out in the open getting the benefit of any wind to keep the bugs away. Most of all though the horses head into the tall timber.

Treed up
Treed up
Baby so like Mom
Baby so like Mom

With all the time we spend checking on the herds, it is gratifying to see how well all of them are doing. We have also spent time this summer taking visitors from as far away as Germany and Scotland out to observe the horses. This definitely shows that our Alberta wild horses have a universal tourist attraction. This fact is overlooked by our government when we as Albertans should be proud of this and promote it. We already have school group visits booked to experience our handling facility in the fall and how important the horses are to our Alberta heritage.

We would like to tell you about an event to be held at Sunset Guiding this September. Consider this for your Alberta “staycation!”


Photograph the back-country of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, amazing fall colours & Wild Horses.

Spend a photographic weekend at Sunset Guiding on the shores of the Panther River with published photographer Larry Semchuk, author of “Running Free” the wild horses of Alberta’s east slopes.
– Friday Sept. 23rd: Wine reception, snacks and introduction to the weekend on the patio overlooking the Panther River. 7:00 PM
– Saturday Sept. 24th: Photograph wild horses and fall colours
– Sunday Sept. 25th: Early mountain sunrise “clouds permitting” followed by brunch and free time for the rest of the day

$295.00 + GST includes meals, lodging in our clean rustic cabins, café and day transportation. Entries limited to 20.

Sunset Guiding (1-888) 637-8580 or (403) 637-2361

Proud colt
Proud colt

We would also like to remind everyone that we still have raffle tickets available for the Heartland Prize draw to be held September 30th. For $10 you and 3 friends have an opportunity to visit the CBC Heartland site, meet the stars of the show, have lunch with them and get some autographs. Order online and if there is a mail strike be assured that your name will be entered into the draw even though we can’t mail you your tickets. We send a confirmation email to all entries. All funds goes to support our work with the wild horses.

Summer beauties
Summer beauties



Adoptable Boys

Barn experience
Barn experience

Every year WHOAS is called upon to rescue young bachelor stallions that get themselves into trouble on private land next to the forestry. A lot of the time we are able to push the horses further back away from private land. Then in other cases, we have assisted the landowner with fence repairs or electric fencing to help them deal with the wayward boys.

Learning process
Learning process

These 3 boys, however, continued to break down fences and tried to steal domestic mares. Several attempts were made to stop this but to no avail. In such cases like this, in past years, the landowner would have somebody come in to remove the horses who were then likely sold to the meat buyers. WHOAS has stepped in and now offers to rescue these horses. We then take them to our handling facility where we work on gentling them so that they are safe to handle. We then try to find them suitable forever homes. We would rather see them free, but . . . auction or adoption?

We have attached a short Youtube video showing a typical day in the gentling process. All work with these horses is done by a team of very dedicated and experienced volunteers who have a love and passion for these beautiful horses. You can see the respect they have for these creatures in the way that they handle and talk to them. This definitely shows in the way these horses quickly respond.

If you feel you would like to take on the responsibility of adopting one of these boys, please send us an email to request our adoption application.

Adoptable Buster
Adoptable Buster