Jackie Fleming stands alongside a rail as she looks out to the water trough used for the horses, which is populated by goldfish and algae to keep the water clean. The shelter runs on private funding and Fleming’s family money to support the care, feeding and maintenance of the property and horses. Fleming is also the sole caretaker. Although the horses eat off the land, before the arrival of spring Fleming feeds the horses to deter them from eating the locoweed that is dangerous to horses. “Right now, I get up and feed everybody, and I clean out the corrals, break ice on all the trough tanks. It just varies from week to week, from month to month, to year to year.”
A windmill creaks and turns on Fleming’s ranch in Northern New Mexico.
Holly, Fleming’s dog runs through the pasture. Holly is ten and Fleming adopted her when she was 8 weeks old from the Small Dog Rescue in Santa Fe.
Jackie in her home on a warm afternoon in Feb. She built her adobe home on her own.
Mustangs Chewy and Noche out in the pasture. Chewy was a stray Navajo horse rescued by the Santa Fe Horse Shelter, Fleming adopted him in 2007, when he was approximately 7, he is now 19. Noche is a Jicarilla mustang. She adopted him and his mother from the New Mexico Forest Service back in 2008. Noche was only 6 months old, he is now 11.
A photo by Kat Livengood of Sueno and Milagro. Both were adopted from the BLM holding pens in Paul's Valley in 2011. They were both 4, they are now 12. They are both originally from Nevada.