Dalton, who lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for the better part of two decades and now lives in Nevada, said there are currently 52,000 wild horses in short- and long- term holding pens in the United States.
“Big corporations — mining, oil and gas, and agriculture interests — want all wild horses off the Western plains,” she said, noting that these corporations wish to divert water away from the natural horse habitat.
Dalton founded the Let ‘em Run Foundation which is dedicated to saving horses and promoting the humane treatment of horses.
She says over-breeding is another huge issue, as the quarterhorse industry, thoroughbred industry and walking horse industry all over-breed looking for horses with nearly perfect characteristics. The horses that do not fit the mold are sent to slaughter and the meat sold for $0.90 per pound, mostly to buyers in other countries.
“There are these stupid things that are happening that are wasteful and inhumane,” she said this week.
Dalton said money from the benefit show will go towards changing the way the horses are treated.
Dalton is excited about the show in Felton. She said she’ll play her new single “Next to me,” produced by Santa Cruz producer Jimmy Jackson and including players from Santa Cruz and a drummer from Lompico. Dalton said she’ll play some Christmas music, old favorites and new songs during the performance.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door at www.donquixotemusic.info