Friends of the Mustangs (FOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 in Grand Junction, CO. We work alongside the BLM to keep water holes and tanks flowing and clean, mountain trails clear and marked, help with gathers and adoptions, and even provide birth control to mares. We have received several awards from the BLM for our volunteer support of the horses and five of our members most recently were nominated for volunteer of the year award. We are passionate about protecting and preserving wild horses in our community. Click HERE to view a video presentation of the collaboration between Friends of the Mustangs and the BLM.
Upcoming Events 2016
Saturday, April 30: Palisade Outdoor Heritage Days.
NOTE: Click the Upcoming Events tab (at the top of the window) for a full list of events with more detailed information.
The Department of Interior awarded Friends of the Mustangs the “Making a Difference Award” for volunteers in Washington D.C. in 2002.
This year (2014), the FOM darting team received recognition by the head of the Colorado office of the BLM of the team as its volunteer of the year. The award, which was presented by Ruth Welch, the BLM state director, means the team is a nominee for the agency’s national award for volunteerism.
Fruita Co-op, Western Implement, Murdoch’s, Gene Taylors, REI, The Horse and Sport, The Equestrian Market, Enstrom’s Candy, Monument Well Service, and Mesa Feed.
Special thanks to the people and businesses that contributed to our quest to bring Unbranded to Grand Junction.
Ruth Ann Burnett, Copy Copy, Patty Painter, All Metals Welding & Fabrication, Shafer Equine Services, LLC, DeBeque Liquors, Desert Spring Veterinary Services Inc., Precision Printing, Modern Classic Motors Inc., Clifton Animal Hospital, PC
Friends of the Mustangs T.I.P. Program
The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Trainer Incentive Program, which is better known as TIP, to bridge the gap between potential adopters and American Mustangs housed at Bureau of Land Management facilities. We are pleased to bring this program to the Friends of the Mustangs (FOM) organization! Recently representatives of the BLM, FOM and Mustang Heritage Foundation met to discuss this unique partnership between the three organizations. It is agreed this will be an opportunity to train and adopt wild horses on the western slope of Colorado.
FOM has officially been approved for training mustangs for T.I.P! On May 13th, the BLM and FOM will go to Canon City to choose up to 10 mustangs. We are looking for talented trainers who employ natural horsemanship techniques to gentle American Mustangs. If you think you meet the required qualifications, please apply. The FOM will be looking to match qualified adopters with wild horses trained by approved TIP trainers. The Mustang Heritage Foundation requirements will be followed for this process.
On Friday, June 17th the mustangs are coming and Saturday the 18th trainers or adopters will be picking them up. Make sure if you want to adopt that you feel out the form and get it to Carolyn Gilbert within the 2-week period before the mustangs arrive. You still have to be approved by the BLM on adoption. Steve Leonard will be here to sign off the adoption on Saturday morning. For trainers, your forms need to be filled out as well, and comply with the BLM housing. Any further information email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you review the information on both links below, contact Carolyn Gilbert if you are interested in training and/or adopting a mustang. Text her at 970-261-6407, put TIP at the beginning of your text, and provide your name.
Click HERE for information on becoming a TIP trainer.
Click HERE for the Mustang Heritage Foundation website.
Ruth Welch (far left), BLM state director for Colorado, presented John Boughton, Marty Felix, Gerald Thygerson, Georgia Manus, and Jim Dollerschell with the volunteer of the year award. They are part of the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area Darting Team, a volunteer group which controls the population of wild horses in the area by shooting darts with a substance that prevents mares from becoming pregnant. That means longer lives for the mares, an estimated difference in foal numbers of 26 a year, and means a potential savings to the BLM of $416,000 a year.
BLM News and Information
Contract and Risk Management Worksheet
FOM signs a yearly contract with the BLM, and the document title is Memorandum of Understanding Between the Bureau of Land Management and Friends of the Mustangs. Please click HERE to read and/or download a copy.
The BLM has a Risk Management Worksheet that coincides with the contract and provides important information for volunteers when participating in FOM activities and projects with the BLM. Please click HERE to read and/or download a copy.
Mail: PO Box 2771 Grand Junction, CO 81502