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By Diane Sieker

Coyote Canyon Heritage Herd has storied past


Last updated 4/13/2019 at 2:39am

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Stallions from the Coyote Canyon Heritage Herd duke it out in a play fight.

The wild horses that had been living in Coyote Canyon have become somewhat of a legend. As long as anyone could remember, the small band of horses eked out a living in the wild desert just southwest of Anza.

In an article by Steve Sorensen, dated Nov. 20, 1986, and published in the San Diego Reader, a seasoned cowboy named Vern Whitaker was interviewed about the herd.

He said that the Coyote Canyon wild stallions had been stealing mares from ranchers on Tabletop Mountain to add to their harems. He jokingly told of the Tweedie's paint mare Peaches being stolen in this way and later giving...

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