Canon City BLM Checkerboard Horses

November 11, 2014

Tom and I spent the day at the Canon City, Colorado BLM facility yesterday photographing the Checkerboard horses from Wyoming (Salt Wells, Adobe Town and Great Divide Basin HMA’s). I will be posting images as quickly as I can to a gallery on my website ( entitled “Canon City BLM Checkerboard Horses” that can be shared anywhere including Facebook. Below are just a few pictures of some of the horses waiting for new homes (please share). Tags beginning with a 7 are from Salt Wells. Those beginning with a 9 are from Divide Basin. I will need to get clarification on Adobe Town horses, but I believe they will also have tags beginning with a 7. These horses are being networked so there is no guarantee that a horse pictured will still be available. The next adoption day event is November 21st (but you can call to adopt at anytime with an approved adoption application). Information about the event, how to find out more about individual horses or to download adoption forms can be found at these links:

Through the Canon City BLM office, the first 150 miles of shipping is FREE! There are group shipping options as well for folks that are interested in the horses, but live a distance away. Please contact the BLM office directly for specifics.

Lona Kossnar at (719) 269-8539, or email her at

DSC_4927-sThis little guy is affectionately known as “Bootleg.” He was an orphan but the BLM folks found a willing mare to “adopt” him. He’s a flashy one. Very young. Tag #7823 from Salt Wells.

DSC_4784-sFilly #9135. Pen 36C – Divide Basin.

DSC_4894-sTag 7758 – he was in the 4 years old and under stud pen 8B. Good looking boy!

DSC_4908-7763stud7772stud-4andunder-s#7763 and #7772 in the 4 and under stud pen 8B – Salt Wells.

DSC_4689-sGinger Kathrens (The Cloud Foundation) with a friendly mustang that needs a home.

DSC_4694-sFran, Brian, Carol Walker and Amanda W. Fran Ackley and Brian Hardin were our very helpful escorts through the pens.

DSC_5102-sFran Ackley with a lucky blue roan that has been adopted.

DSC_5105-sTom with some of the friendlier horses available.

DSC_5137-sGinger can’t resist these oh so adorable burros available for adoption.

DSC_5140-sOne of the BLM mascots snuggles up to Tom as we call it a day.

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12 Responses to “Canon City BLM Checkerboard Horses”

  1. Maggie Frazier Says:

    What beautiful horses! People should be lining up to adopt!! How anyone can look at these horses & prefer them to the over-bred purebreds has to be out of their mind.. I wish so much I was able to bring one home – (actually more than one). Keep your photographs out there, Pam. If people are able to SEE these pictures – putting them in the public – it should make them more adoptable.

  2. pnickoles Says:

    That’s the goal Maggie. Thanks! 🙂

  3. TJ Says:

    Great goal! Thanks, Pam, for posting these photos of those beautiful mustangs that need a home!

  4. bcml12 Says:

    Beautiful horses Pam…..thanks for putting these photos out there…I hope all can find a forever home. They SO deserve it….thanks for all you do.

  5. Ann Says:

    Thank you for the report. It is so nice to see the photos of the horses.

  6. arleneorlando Says:

    Thank You Pam !!!! I need to win the lottery , I want them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wonderful photos! .. just a side note .. with group adoptions .. I was already told that weanlings and yearlings cant be shipped with older horses, age 2 and up, by a group adoption coordinator here in the North East as I had my eye on a couple of yearlings from Salt Wells.

  8. Lynn and Kathy Says:

    Great job, Pam! You’re an angel to do this! Wish we weren’t city folk. Got the where-with-all just not the space/place…sigh.

  9. chris1055 Says:

    Such beautiful equines. Thank you.

  10. pnickoles Says:

    I think so too Chris. 🙂

  11. Hannah Says:

    OMGoodness!!!! You have a picture of my little mustang filly Cassy! tag number 9135!

  12. pnickoles Says:

    Cassy is one of the lucky ones – she got a home! 🙂

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