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Become a Mustang or Burro Guardian Today!

Whether part of our sanctuary herd living their lives wild or waiting to partner with program participants, all of these Mustangs and Burros call GEMS their forever home.

By becoming a Mustang or Burro guardian today, you are helping us offset the costs of care for these lifetime residents of The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary & Training Center!

$25.00 cost to feed one horse/burro per week
$50.00 farrier care for one horse/burro
$100.00 cost to feed one horse/burro per month
$250.00 cost of basic vet care for one horse/burro

  • Reba: Program Ambassador
    Reba is a favorite amongst our visitors that participate in our programs. She is a 10-year old mare from the Sand Wash Basin HMA in Colorado, full of her own ideas.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Hudson: Program Ambassador
    Hudson is an easy going gelding that is our go-to guy for anyone wanting to borrow a mustang to participate in one of our programs. He is a 12 year old from the Sand Wash Basin HMA in Colorado.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Luna: Program Ambassador
    Luna is a 12 year old Wyoming Mustang and came to us as a wonderful donation. In her life directly out of holding, she entered into a training program aimed at introducing Mustangs to the Polo world. She is now a willing partner for all that come to participate in our programs.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Tashka: Program Ambassador
    Tashka is a Mustang mare born in 2014 on the range in the Sand Wash Basin HMA. She was pregnant when she was gathered in 2016 and foaled shortly after arriving at GEMS. Sand Lily is another treasured part of our herd and is beginning to find her own way amongst our Program herd.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Sand Lily: Program Ambassador
    Sand Lily, Tashka’s foal, is a spunky little filly that captures the lens of many visitors to GEMS. She is an inquisitive little thing and finding her voice and own personality as she ventures farther away from her mama’s side.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Demi: Program Ambassador
    Demi was part of the gather in Sand Wash Basin in 2016. She appeared on the range in 2010 when the hay prices started skyrocketing, everyone thought she was a domestic horse turned out in the wild. She came to GEMS under weight, with horrible feet and teeth and needed attention. She was no stranger to the barn and came immediately into the stall when she arrived, like she knew that meant she’d get the special treatment she deserved.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Thelma & Louise: Burro Ambassadors
    These girls came to GEMS with Thelma’s baby Poncho, back in 2013 as part of the HSUS Platero Training Project, and we have a strong hunch these girls are mother and daughter. Poncho, now Pedro, has been adopted in the meantime and is enjoying his new life as a pack burro racing star. Thelma and Louise are part of our GEMS Ambassadors. They will live their life out with us as part of our greeting team, they love good scratches and head hugs! Gathered from Montezuma Peak, NV HMA Year foaled: 2008 (Thelma) 2004 (Louise) Year Captured: 2010.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Batman & Robin: Burro Ambassador
    These two were born at GEMS and have been an important part of our herd ever since. In 2015, we took in a bonded pair of jennies, not realizing that the were both pregnant. The mamas found a wonderful home through Longhopes Donkey Shelter and these boys stayed to live with us at GEMS. Their sweet and friendly antics steal everyone’s heart and they are always on the ready for love and attention. They love running patrol around the ranch, inspecting everyone that comes and goes. The will be the first ones to remind us that we left the hay barn door open. Foaled: Batman (2015) and Robin (2106).
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Joe: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Rio Rojo Joe is a Spanish Mustang born in 2001. He is the lead gelding of our Sanctuary Herd. In 2015, Joe lost his left eye, we think he punctured it on a yucca plant. We check the herd every couple of days and got him immediate veterinary care, put him on antibiotics, however, his eye ended up rupturing anyhow and he needed emergency surgery to have it removed. While he was in the stall recovering, his half brother, Tanner, would lead the entire herd up to the ranch area to check on him. After two months, his eye was healed and he was ready to be turned back out onto the sanctuary pasture…he didn’t miss a beat. He circled up the herd and they all ran off following him once again. It’s beautiful to see how adaptive and resilient these horses are.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Tanner: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Tanner is anotehr Spanish Mustang, half brother to Joe. We rescured a small family band off a Craigslist ad, 5 in total, who were our first residents at GEMS in 2011. Since then, one has passed along, one has been adopted and the three remaining live together as part of our sanctuary herd. Naja is another member and is never found too far from her two original herd mates. Tanner is our greeter and will be the first one to tour a vehicle every time. His bold personality is fun to watch and he now finally has his little band of mares, it took him five years to branch off from Joe’s main band, yet he still sticks very close to his brother.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Regal G: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Regal G is an American Mustang from the Sand Wash Basin HMA in Colorado. Born in 2006 on the range, he was captured in 2012 when he found himself outside of HMA boundaries. He came to us shortly after, was adopted with Wynonna, a Sand Wash Basin mare brought in around the same time, and they were both placed into a training program. After a couple of years of steady training, the owners decided that domestic life didn’t suit him well, so he returned to us in 2016 and has been an integral part of our wild herd ever since.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Kalypso: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Kalypso is a Sand Wash Basin Mustang born on the range in 2013 and gathered in 2017. He entered into our traiing program and after a few months of training, we determined he weould be best suited for life as a wild boy, so we turned him out onto our sanctuary pasture. It took him a wile before he was accepted into the herd and the whole process, which was over the course of a couple of months, was fascinating to witness…he lives of the wild ones.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Flapjack: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Flapjack was born in 2011 in the Pancake Herd Management area of Wyoming. He was gathered in 2012 and after being in holding for a few years was selected as part of a training challenge. The Extreme Mustang Makeover. After working with him to perpare for the challenge, it was decided that his life would be best suited for living in the wild, as he never really acclimated to domestic life. Flapjack’s integration to the wild herd also took a couple of months, but now, he too is an integral part of the herd.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Pancho: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Pancho is from the Little Colorado HMA in Wyoming, born and gatherd in 2011. He was part of a couple of training programs before he came to us at GEMS and we concurred that his life was best suited living wild. He bonded quicly wiht Regal G and have been close friends ever since his release. He was accepted into the herd fairly quickly, with little drama…interesing how different horses had such different experiences with their release into the wild herd.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Shooter: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Shooter was a wild boy since the day we brought him in and never showed any interest in domestic life. He would pin his ears and charge anyone in his corral. Even though he was the smallest of any group of horses we kept him with while he was in the corrals, he quickly became the leader. He was born in 2012 and gathered in 2015 from the West Douglas Herd Area in Colorado. His integration to the wild herd wasn’t without drama, but he quickly showed everyone that he wasn’t to be messed with and everyone listened.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Loretta: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Loretta came to GEMS just before Christmas of 2012 with the rest of the Sand Wash Basin mares that were still at the Canon City holding facility left over from the 2008 gather. They were all five years old at the time, having been gathered as babies. Loretta was in training for a few months and ultimately we decided that she would be best suited for life on the sanctuary pasture, where she now lives with some of the others she grew up with.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Saraswati: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Saraswati is a Sand Wash Basin mare, part of the first group that w brought in back in 2012. She also went into our trainin program and had a tough time with retention from day to day…it was like everyday was a brand new day. Because of her trainability issues, we decided domestic life wasn’t a good fit for her and that she’d be happiest living wild, which she does now with the rest of our wild herd.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Faith: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Faith is another of our Sand Wash Basin mares soft and gentle in nature, but wild at heart. She lives her life on the sanctuary pasture with the others that call GEMS their forever home. She is quite bonded to Saraswati and Patsy, the two ther Sand Wash Basin grays and are always close by one another making for some beautiful photographic opportunities.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Patsy: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Patsy, one of the original Sand Wash Basin girls, was in training and coming along nicely when we noticed a rapid drop in her weight followed by a serious bout of colic. She made the journey to CSU for intervention and came through after a week of treatment. During this process, she had lost quite a bit of weight and we found out that she only had one kidney. The stress of the situation, being separated from her herd and being so sick had taken a toll on her physically and emotionally. The best medicine for her once back home would be her herd, so we turned her out to the sanctuary pasture. It took nearly six months, but Patsy finally made a full recovery mind, body and spirit and lives her life now with the comfort of her herd, the best place for her.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Crystal: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Crystal is one of the Sand Wash Basin mares that came to GEMS in 2012. She was put into our training program and proved to be a quick study. She is a powerful mare and would display her . athleticism nearly each ride. We decided that the adoption window for her was very narrow as she needed an extremely advanced rider to match her abilities. After initial searches and continued training at our facility, we realized that she would be a tricky one to find a forever home for, so we decided she would be best-suited living life with her friends on the sanctuary. She is very friendly and enjoys the human connection, just as long as you are on the ground and not on her back.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Helen: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Helen is another one of our Sand Wash Basin mares born in 2008 and brought to GEMS in 2012. She is a wild girl at hear and never showed any interest in humans or training. We decided life on the sanctuary would be the best place for her, which she enjoys each and every day in the company of the horses she’s grown up with since she was a baby.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Naomi: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Naomi is one of the Sand Wash Basin mares that came to GEMS back in 2012. Naomi, with her pinto markings, are very characteristic of the Sand Wash Basin wild horses. She was quick to show us domestic life wasn’t her strong suit and has shown to be an integral part of our sanctuary herd.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Wynonna: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Wynonna is a Sand Wash Basin mare that came to GEMS back in 2012 as a 5 year old. She was adopted with Regal G and went into a training program with her adopter and selected trainiers well equipped to handle wild horses. After almost 2 years in training, the adopter decided that she would be best suited for sanctuary life and we honored the request to turn them both out to live wild on our sanctuary pasture.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Johona: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Johona, born in 2004, is a Nevada Mustang that came to us from our friends at The Colorado Horse Rescue. She was with them for quite some time and in their training program, where she was having troubles with retention. That’s when they turned to us as an option for a forever home for her. She was released into our sanctuary herd in 2016 and has been living wild ever since.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Cortina: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Cortina is a Sand Wash Basin mare gathered in 2016 and foaled in 2014. She came to GEMS after the gather and was offered for adoption. She went directly into our training program and began to show very aggressive and dangerous behaviors when worked with. She was in training for close to 6 months with no noticeble improvements. We decided to turn Cortina out to the sanctuary pasture where she has since joined up with Kalypso and living wild at GEMS like they once did in Sand Wash Basin.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Copper Penny: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Penny is part of our Spanish Mustang educational herd and exhibits a rare curly coat! She came to us at GEMS as a donation from Caballos de Destino, a Spanish Mustang preservation ranch in South Dakota, at 12 years old, Penny is one of our lead mares and was one of the first residents of GEMS back in 2011.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Kitty Belle: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Our Kitty Belle is a sweet 15 year old mare that gets along with everyone in the herd. She is part of our Spanish Mustang educational herd and has been at GEMS since 2011.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Sparrow: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Sparrow is a 9 year old Spanish Mustang, part of our educational herd. She is a beautiful roan with sweet and gentle personality taking to newcomers in the herd quickly.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Wild Flower: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Foaled in 1995, Wild Flower is one of our Spanish Mustang Ambassadors. She came to GEMS in 2011 with her daughter Silver Flower who she still lives with side by side today.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Silver Flower: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Foaled in 2002, Silver Flower has been able to be by her mother’s side for her entire life and now that she is at GEMS and lives on our sanctuary pasture, she will never have to stray far. The two are always side by side and share their days with one another at GEMS. She has unique brindling on her left hip and displays all the primitive markings such as leg barring and dorsal stripe.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Wind Chime: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Wind Chime was foaled in 2001 and shares the same sire as Wild Flower. The 3 Gruila’s are very tightly bonded and are always near one another, which makes for some gorgeous photos!
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Zora: Wild Horse Ambassador
    Zora is a 14 year old Spanish Mustang mare and has a beautiful example of the Roman nose that Spanish Mustangs are so well known for.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Galena: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Galena is almost 20 years old and is a beautiful addition to our Spanish Mustang herd. She was one of the first residents at GEMS and part of the donated herd that we utilize as an educational experience for visitors to the ranch
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Naja: Wild Herd Ambassador
    Naja is one of our Spanish Mustangs that came in with our beloved “Foxton Five” herd. Still able to live with Tanner and Joe by her side. She initially came with her mother Dulcenea, who has since passed away, at the age of 38!
    $25.00 – $250.00
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  • Lola: Wild Horse Ambassadors
    Lola, was foaled in 2010 and is from the grand daddy of Spanish Mustang preservation, The Cayuse Ranch in Wyoming. The Brislawn Family was first to recognize the vanishing breed back in the early 1900’s…the original Spanish Mustang or Indian Poly as they are sometimes referred to.
    $25.00 – $250.00
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