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.
Adopt a Mustang
The adoption that was planned for Lakewood is going to occur at the Canon City Prison Facility on March 23. There will be approximately 6 saddle-broke horses and 4 halter-broke. The price will be $1025 for saddle-broke and 150-$250 for halter-broke. It will be first come first serve. Interested adopters must complete the consent form. Pictures of the horses will be on the prison facility website by March 15th. They are also looking at a potential adoption in Cortez in June or July. Website for inmate program: https://www.coloradoci.com/serviceproviders/whip/index.html?intro
Credit Card holds will be accepted starting March 19th at 9:30 a.m. Credit card holds are how you can adopt a horse for the asking price with a credit card and hold that horse until the 23rd. You must be present on the 23rd to adopt the horse. One alternate CC adopter will be allowed for each horse in case first CC hold does not show.
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
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