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Wild Land for Wild Horses
Cimarron Sky-Dog ReserveThree of our Jarita Mesa, New Mexico, mustangs, Dune, Brego and Pippin, when they first came to live with us in February 2008.

Radio show

Listen Here! to an interview on KSFR Radio Cafe in Santa Fe between Mary-Charlotte and Donna Wells and Jackie Fleming on November 10th, 2011. They discuss the wild horse issue and Donna's film 'She Had Some Horses' which features the Cimarron Sky-Dog Ranch amongst others.

Also Listen to a January 2011 KSFR interview with Jackie Fleming and James Anaquad Kleinert about the Cimarron Sky-Dog Ranch and James' movie 'Wild Horses and Renegades'. The interview explores the whole Wild Horse issue in America. See the trailer for James' film here. (please note: some of the footage may be disturbing.)

But he and hundreds of thousand like him are gone now from this beautiful land, and for that reason alone I could not stop as I traveled over four hundred miles of Nevada roads. Something evil is still afoot in this land, and it has left its imprint everywhere. In all those miles of open, free country, the mark of evil is present in what is absent. The wild horses are missing from the land.

Michael Blake, ‘Twelve, The King.’

Lulu and her baby Cinco blue When Lulu first came to live with us (May 2007) she was very skinny and had just given birth to her colt, Blue. Lulu had just been rounded up from the Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory in Northern New Mexico and they had had a harsh winter out in the mountains.

Although we have taken in a lot of horses since the Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve was first founded in June, 2000, it wasn’t until 2007 that we shifted our focus to wild horses. Lulu, and her 2 week old baby, Blue, came to live with us in May of that year and it changed our mission completely. Lulu was rounded up from the Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory, in northern New Mexico and since 2007 we have adopted several horses from both the Jicarilla and Jarita Mesa wild horse districts of New Mexico. Both of these territories are National Forest areas and so those adoptions were through the New Mexico Forest Service.

Lulu and Blu afterLulu and Blue now live up at our reserve at Watrous. This second photo shows mother and son together on the range during the winter of 2011.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2010 we went to a BLM pen in Oklahoma and have since started adopting BLM mustangs from all over the West. Some were rounded up in Nevada and others came from Wyoming and Utah.  We have a few horses that were in BLM ‘long-term holding’ pens, (horses deemed unadoptable by the BLM) and we also have horses that had been moved around on the adoption circuit for at least 2 to 4 years. A couple of our horses came from a Corrections Facility in Utah where they had had some handling by the prisoners and so they were halter broken and had even been ridden.

willowWillow, a Wyoming mustang, was rescued by CERA from abuse and abandonment in North Carolina in the summer of 2011. She came to live at our reserve in October 2011 and now runs free on the range at Watrous.
One of our horses, Willow, was a mustang that had been adopted but had fallen on hard times (to say the least). After being found abandoned in North Carolina in a one horse trailer on the side of the road in extreme heat, she was rescued by CERA (Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance.) She was skin and bone and had suffered abuse when they took her in and they spent the next couple of months nursing her back to health. When Willow was strong enough, CERA shipped her to New Mexico where she came to live with us and she now lives out on the open range at our reserve at Watrous. At present (September 2012) we have 33 horses that call our ranch home and so it is only possible to tell a few of their stories here. Please go to our 'Sponsor a mustang' blog page to see all of our horses and read a little about their life histories.

Horses on the land at the reserve

It is a delight to provide a home for these horses and be able to turn them loose at our reserve at Watrous. Sadly, there are over 40,000 horses waiting for adoption in BLM pens around the country and so the horses we have been able to adopt are just a tiny drop in the ocean of need. The wild horse situation in the United States is very bleak and sometimes it can be overwhelming watching the never ending round-ups without being able to do anything to help.  It is when we watch our horses running free on the range that we can see what a difference our intervention can make, even for just a few, and it keeps us going. To read more on our views about the wild horse issue and the alternatives that are available, please go to our three part blog that covers this subject in detail. Part One, Part Two (round ups) and Part Three (birth control). We are also going to do a 'Mustang Ride down the Santa Fe Trail' in the fall of 2013 and there is more about the wild horse issue there too. Please read about our ride, our goals and the wild horse issue on our Mustang Ride page.

We at the Sky-Dog Ranch primarily focus our efforts on providing a home for as many mustangs as we can accomodate financially and with the land we have available. We want all our horses to live free, on the range and so we are limited by our land requirements. We are also careful not to over graze the land we have as we are as much into land conservation as we are into horses. The horses that come to live with us are permanent members of our herd. We do not adopt out our horses, we hope that the friends they make here will be 'forever' friends. After being rounded up from the wild and separated from their family bands and moved from BLM facility to facility, sometimes for years, we want our horses to finally be 'home,' when they get here. We do not breed our horses, we have no stallions, we prefer to take horses out of BLM pens and give them a forever home than to breed new ones. Having said that, for us to be able to help more horses, we do need to secure more land and that is our primary focus at this point. We have 1,100 acres up at Watrous, NM (just north of Las Vegas, NM) and we have been able to lease other land nearby, which has been wonderful. The land all around us is for sale and we are hoping to be able to buy more land for our horses or find investors who would like to buy it and conserve it and let our horses use it. We have made a promotional video about this beautiful and historic land (it sits along the old wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail).

Dulche and SoloDulce and Solo were rounded up from the Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory in Northern New Mexico in November 2008. We adopted them shortly afterwards. To see footage of their capture (using 'bait and trap') please watch "From Capture to Release- Dulce and Solo's story"

There are many wild horse sanctuaries and advocacy groups out there and and so there are many allies in the mission to not only keep wild horses free on the range but also to provide a home for the one's who have already been captured. If you are looking for all the current information about the wild horse situation in the US, round-ups and news items and how you can help or petitions you can sign, please go to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign website.  It is a good resource for all the current information to keep America's wild horses free.

kachina and rebateAlthough we don't breed our horses and all of our male mustangs are gelded, sometimes we adopt mares who have babies or are already pregnant. We adopted Kachina, a Jicarilla Mustang from New Mexico, in November 2008 and her black colt who we named Noche. Kachina was also pregnant and on April 15th, 2009 she gave birth to a bay colt who we named Rebate.
Sonnie and Rebate training To see Rebate now and follow his adventure on the Santa Fe Trail please go to our 'Mustang Ride down the Santa Fe Trail' page.
CassieCassie is a Nevada mustang we adopted from a BLM, long-term holding pen in February 2010. Cassie now lives at our reserve at Watrous but before we turned her loose she went on an amazing adventure up the Continental Divide in the summer of 2010 and you can read all about her and her adventure on the 'Cassie's Story' page of our website.
Rio and RayadoRio (a Nevada mustang) and Rayado (a Utah mustang) were adopted from a Correctional facility in Utah in January 2012. They had been trained by the prisoners and are friendly and very easy to handle. To see more about them please go to our 'Mustang Ride down the Santa Fe Trail' page on our website.
CERA horsesWe have adopted many more horses from a BLM pen in Oklahoma and their stories are told on our 'Sponsor a Mustang' blog page. Please go to this link though and watch this short video about our experience of adopting mustangs.
Shoshone and LakotaShoshone and Lakota, two Wyoming mustangs we adopted from a BLM long-term holding pen in 2010, look out over their new home at Watrous shortly after we released them at our reserve.
Golden LightSome of our herd of horses grazing in the morning sun at our reserve at Watrous.

See more about the Jicarilla horses on the Cimarron Sky-Dog blogspot!