Cimarron Sky-Dog’s main winter sanctuary is situated on 50 beautiful acres along the Galisteo River, near Cerrillos, NM. We also have 420 acres of open prairie/forest and canyons up at Watrous, NM where our horses run free during the summer months. In time, we hope to expand this acreage to be able to help more horses. All but one of our 28 horses are either Reservation ponies or wild horses adopted from the BLM or Forestry Service.
|Our horses have spacious corrals and a few acres of pasture to run and graze on. Here are some photos of our horses taken at our Galisteo home base.|
‘The land near Watrous where we would like to someday expand to create our wild horse land reserve.
To see our horses enjoying their Watrous sanctuary, please see the Watrous Photo Album page!
We also have 420 acres of pasture along the old Santa Fe Trail near Watrous and old Fort Union just north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. This is a beautiful property where we hope some day to buy more land in order to create our large land reserve. There are miles and miles of open prairie grassland here as well as pockets of forest where ponderosa and pinon pine trees create plenty of shade and shelter for the horses with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. All land is welcome, and we are happy to start with just a few hundred acres but obviously the larger the acreage, the more horses it can sustain. There are several other 140-acre lots available around the property at Watrous that we would love to purchase. Our motto is ‘Wild Land for Wild Horses’ and we hope that by creating a land reserve for our horses we can keep at least one large parcel of land from being sub-divided. The land at Watrous is 100% reliant on rain for irrigation and since New Mexico is a high- desert that rain can be fickle. The ratio often used out here for year-round pasture is 50 acres a head for horses and so you can see why having a lot of acreage is necessary, especially if you don’t want to have to rely on hay. Our horses come down to Cerrillos in the winter where they are in big corrals and are fed hay so that we do not risk over grazing our beautiful sanctuary at Watrous. We want to preserve the land as well as provide sanctuary for wild horses and so it is constant juggling act. This is always a struggle as hay is expensive and with the amount of horses we already have those costs are high. If we want to be able to help more horses in the future we need to either be able to buy more land or more hay and that does require funds! We really do rely on donations to help us meet our costs.
**The horses featured on this page are Chaco, Annie, Chewy and Mudji (all horses from the Navajo Reservation), Cochiti (a wild horse from the Caja del Rio near Santa Fe) and Sonny, (my faithful riding horse... not wild but he does his best!) All of the stories of our horses, past and present, are told in the two books, 'Sky-Dog!' and 'Cimarron!' available on this website.