14 10 2011

First of all, Jif is fine. In fact, Jif is better than fine now.

Her story needed to wait to be told (to this point) because it was different than the others and had a bit of the law attached (quite a bit, actually, though I don’t know all the details).

Jif was branded.

Not a BLM brand, a ranch brand. Possibly registered in Wyoming.

So after the roundup, she became the responsibility of the state of Colorado while the law was followed in trying to find her owner and/or the owner of the brand. During that time, she was a “guest” of the sale barn outside Cortez.

Jif was one of the first horses I documented the day I started documenting the mustangs of Spring Creek Basin. She was with Hollywood. So I never knew her as anything but one of the herd. She was not rounded up in 2007. Grey/Traveler stole her in the spring of 2008 (out from under the noses of Hollywood, Steeldust, the two young stallions in his band (Butch and Sundance) and the Bachelor 7, who were all basically attached to Steeldust’s band at that time). In the fall of 2009, she was stolen by or went with Chrome, who had been dogging Traveler’s band since that summer. She was still part of his band during the roundup.

Wednesday night, she found a forever home, courtesy of K of the Telluride Animal Foundation. It was an ordeal, and that’s all I’m going to say about it. K and A came with a trailer, and they also took home a weanling colt and a bay gelding. Many, many thanks to D, who was involved from the beginning, and huge gratitude to K and A, who put in a very long day to see her home.



4 responses

14 10 2011
Karen Schmiede

I’m so glad things worked out for Jif. I hope she lives a long and happy life.

14 10 2011
Linda Horn

A beautiful lady who deserves a loving home. Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

14 10 2011

I wonder how she got mixed in with the herd and where she came from

16 10 2011
Lynn and Kathy

One of the first horses we saw in Spring Creek Basin 3 years ago. Loved her at first sight! So grateful she will have a happy and loving home for the rest of her life! She will always be remembered and loved by us forever….
Thanks ever so much to her new family!!

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