About Friends of the Mustangs
Friends of the Mustangs was established in 1982 by a small group of people that came to love and care about the Little Book Cliff (LBC) wild horse herd and their health and range. We have established a good working relationship with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through the years, and we are a 501(c) 3 non-profit, non-political organization. Our membership has grown to around 100 members, and a few of them are from other countries. We are the only group of our kind that works so closely with the BLM and the Little Book Cliff Wild Horse Herd.
The Friends of the Mustangs have received several awards from the BLM for our volunteer support of the horses in the Little Book Cliff Wild Horse Range (HMA). A couple of members were honored to be able to go to Washington, and our darting team received the volunteer of the year award in 2014.
In addition to maintaining trails, keeping water holes and tanks flowing and clean, we also help with the gathers and adoptions associated with the Little Book Cliff herd, along with the prospective adopters. Many of our members are qualified to do checkups on the adopted horses. We do this to ensure the adopters and their adopted horse(s) are getting along well. We attend different events in our area to bring awareness of the wild horses. Each year we hold an Open House for the public to meet many of the members and their mustangs and to show that mustangs are trainable. We have mini clinics to educate people about the horse and adoption process, the use of PZP (birth control), training tips and much more.
The History of Friends of the Mustangs
Mary Felix, one of the original founders of Friends of the Mustangs, provides a narrative of how the organization got started. You will learn about the horses, how fertility control got started, and the relationship with the BLM.
Click HERE to read the story.
Pictures Tell the Story
The volunteers perform numerous tasks throughout the year. Many of them are listed in the column to the left, but it’s more exciting to see them in action. Click the link below to view details of workdays for the years 2013-2014, and you’ll appreciate the depth of dedication within the Friends of the Mustangs.
Volunteer Work 2013-2014
NOTE: The file is large (18-19 MB) and will take time to download completely.
Did You Know?
Marty Felix, one of the founding members, shares stories about the horses and range. If you are interested in the history of the Little Book Cliff horses, click HERE to read what we have so far, and stay tuned for updated versions.
Our dues are reasonable; single membership is $10 a year and family membership is only $15 a year. You will receive a monthly newsletter with loads of information about the horses, range, and activities. We have workdays to improve/repair conditions on the range to help the horses. We have an annual picnic, BBQ on the range, and Christmas party. We have monthly meetings that often include detailed information on horses such as colors, markings, naming foals, caring for horses, and interesting details of the different areas of the range. Click HERE to download a membership form. We would love to have you!
"The mission of the organization is to promote the welfare and awareness of mustangs in particular, and to assist the Bureau of Land Management in the maintenance and protection of mustangs, including the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Herd and Range."