Friends of the Mustangs (FOM)
is a 501(c) 3 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.
Our Work on the Range
Here is a sampling of the type of work we do on the range. We plan projects every year and try to accomplish as much as we can. There are some pictures included below, but they don't include all projects.
April 13th Workday - Click HERE to view details.
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
Coal and Main Canyon - Tips to Find Horses
By Marty Felix
There are six bands of wild horses who spend most of their spring, fall, and winter in the Coal Canyon and Main Canyon section (aka: the lower canyons) of the Little Book Cliff Wild Horse Range. Due to last year’s drought, these 21 mustangs had to move to higher parts of the horse area during the winter to find food, for there was NO grass down low. This year, Grand Junction has received above average precipitation, and so far this is the second wettest March on record! The snow has melted in the lower canyons, grass is coming up everywhere, and four of the six bands have “come home.” Recently, Pistol’s, Teton’s, Inca’s, and Snoopy Jr.’s bands have been spotted in the bottom of Main Canyon, grazing on new spring grass and drinking water from Jerry Creek. It appears that Pistol and his two old black mares - Fish (25) and Echo (20) - like both canyons equally as well, and they go back and forth on a daily basis. Lately folks have reported seeing Pistol’s band coming down or going up the horse trail to the saddle between canyons, and when they do so, they are visible from the parking lot!
The other lower canyon bands - Medicine Bow’s and Boone’s - are hanging out between two to four miles up Coal Canyon. If history repeats itself, they will come down even farther in the near future.
If you would like to observe some of the Book Cliff mustangs, now would be a perfect time to go! Take a short hike in either canyon, and you should find at least a band or two.
Update: History did repeat itself. On April 4th, Medicine Bow's band was less than a mile from the gate in Coal Canyon. His black mare Bluebell had a cute little foal by her side that looks to be 2 or 3 days old. It's a girl! Her picture is below with the others.
Note: You can click the pictures below to expand them.
The Department of Interior awarded Friends of the Mustangs the “Making a Difference Award” for volunteers in Washington D.C. in 2002.
Ruth Welch, BLM state director, presented the FOM darting team with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2015. The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area Darting Team is 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 per year, and means potential savings to the BLM and taxpayers of $416,000 a year.
Our deepest appreciation to the Clough Foundation for their generous donations.
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