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Steadfast Steeds of Glade Park helps mustangs feel at home

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Steadfast Steeds' signature photo by Tracy Scott's husband, Blaine — a passionate horse photographer and pastor at First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction.
Staff Photo | Blaine M. Scott

UNABLE TO ADOPT?

Steadfast Steeds is always looking for volunteers to help around the ranch. They need help with building and fixing fences, pulling weeds, and more. The Scotts also need help writing grants and social media exposure.

Although horses are not for riding, after four hours of volunteering, interaction with the horses is allowed.

Individuals and groups are invited to contact the ranch to volunteer. Bring a lunch, gloves, closed-toed shoes, and dress in layers for the spring season.

Monetary donations are also accepted to help the mustangs at any level — $50 supports a socialized mustang for one month, $600 supports a socialized mustang for one year, and $500 brings a mustang home from holding facilities.

Contact Steadfast Steeds at 970-241-0939 or email coloradomustangs@steadfaststeeds.org.

Wild horses are gathered year-round across the country to help control the population and impacts to land. The horses are gathered and placed into holding facilities where they await adoption. During that time, they are separated from their families.

“Horses are very sociable and have a family system like humans,” Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary co-founder Tracy Scott said.

That’s why Scott, along with her husband Blaine, officially opened Steadfast Steeds in 2012. It’s a place where wild horses and burros can be away from holding facilities while awaiting adoption, socializing with other horses and living with more freedom.



According to the Scotts, they act as a voice for the horses, promoting adoption rather than buying directly from a breeder.

They also provide a foster home for two mustangs at a time, plus two burros, at their Glade Park property.



Through Steadfast Steeds, they additionally host nine ambassador mustangs to show that horses can be interactive with humans while being kept in a more natural habitat. Retreats, wild-horse Wednesdays, and workshops are also held.

“If a horse can touch a human heart, then the human heart can change the horses,” Scott said.

ADOPTION PROCESS

Scott encourages anyone looking to buy a horse to first look at adopting one of the thousands of mustangs available. There are almost 50,000 mustangs in holding facilities throughout the country. In Colorado alone, there are approximately 2,000 mustangs available, along with many others at foster ranches like Steadfast Steeds. It costs around $46 million a year in taxes to take care of those horses in short- and long-term holding facilities.

Once the animals are cleared for a clean bill of health, they are freeze marked — a special number each horse receives to track them.

An application must be filled out along with a background check. Adopters then specify which holding facility is preferred. There is a fee depending on if the mustang is trained or not, ranging from $125 for untrained to $1,025 for saddle-trained.

Canon City hosts adoption days two Fridays a month. Scott suggests contacting her for consultation about adopting a horse at a holding facility or even from her sanctuary. She also provides a gentling service to help with newly adopted mustangs.

“Having the horses here make it much more accessible and easier to find the right one,” Scott said.

For more information, visit http://www.steadfaststeeds.org.


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