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Looking to Adopt a Wild Mustang?


Last updated 3/12/2019 at 4:34pm

Believe in the Magic of the Mustang Part 2 ... 27 Little Book Cliff Mustangs

Will be Available for Adoption in Grand Junction Saturday, March 30

The Burea of Land Management (BLM) gathered 55 wild horses from the Little Book Cliff Herd Management Area last September/October. Encompassing around 36.000 acres, the range is located about eight miles northeast of Grand Junction. Concerns there might not be enough forage for the herd of approximately 190 horses this winter due to the extreme drought conditions last year and an excess of the BLM's recommended number of horses for the range prompted the gather.

The BLM and the Friends of the Mustangs, a volunteer advocate team, are working together to host the adoption event. The first half of the wild horses that were gathered last fall all found homes at an auction event last November.

The second half of the group, 27, will be up for adoption during a silent auction Saturday, March 30, at the Rimrock Adventure Rodeo Grounds in Fruita. Two burros and two mares from Piceance-East Douglas Creek Herd Management Area will also be available for adoption.

There will be a Mustang Clinic/Demo day on Friday, March 29, to highlight the "Magic of the Mustang," a full day of clinic/demonstrations. Paige Burnham and her mustang filly, Zyana, who she adopted in November will lead off the demonstrations at 9 a.m., followed by Inez Throm, who will give a presentation with her Little Book Cliff mustangs; Stephanie Linsley from GEMS; Montrose 4-H kids; Diana Shipley; Mustang Maddy; and Anna Twinney.

A spokesperson said, "These beloved horses need loving adoptive homes. A variety of ages and colors will be available. Mustangs are versatile, hardy and create a unique bond with their adopter. Please spread the word as we endeavor to find homes for these special Mustangs."

On March 1 the BLM reduced the adoption rate to help increase adoptions and get the horses out of the holding corrals. Starting bid on most of these horses will begin at $25. Horses that have been halter gentled will start at $125.

If you are interested in adopting or know someone who is please contact us at our email [email protected] or call Kathy D 928-707-1236, Beckie D 970-644-5040 or Kathy M at 303-818-5245. Follow our Facebook page Friends of the Mustangs for updates, photos, and stories about the mustangs.

For BLM requirements to be eligible to adopt a mustang and adoption forms go to


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