Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Every horse is different. A lot of the mustangs turn out to be fantastic horses that you could trust without inhibition. Others will always be a little more edgy. It's a personality thing... every horse has a different personality. Some are hot-headed, others are cool as a cucumber and everything in between.
I can tell you that it's an amazing experience, adopting, gentling and training a mustang. I just adopted a mustang this last October, and I'm loving every minute of working with him. He's still a little unsure about some things, but I think he's got a great mind and when all is said and done and he's a finished saddle horse, I think he'll be more reliable than my domestic horses so far!
I would highly suggest finding someone with experience working with mustangs and getting them to help you with the process of choosing and training a mustang. There are things you can look for that will offer a clue as to whether a certain mustang has the personality you're looking for. I can help you break into the mustang community and make some connections (there's a huge Facebook group focused on mustangs) if you're interested.
One more thing about mustangs that I have heard and so far has proved to be true in my experience: mustangs tend to think things through. A lot of domestic horses will go into a blind panic when they see something strange or something unexpected happens. Mustangs will usually assess the situation and decide how best to respond, meaning that they usually don't end up hurting themselves. I witnessed this with my mustang colt. He had found the courage to squeeze in past the wheelbarrow and come into his stall with me while I was mucking out. When I asked him to move his hindquarters however, he became uncomfortable and made a bolt for the door. The wheelbarrow was blocking his way however. I was just waiting for him to blast through, overturn the wheelbarrow, get his legs caught up in the handles, etc etc. None of this happened though. He stopped, stared hard at it and snorted quite a bit, but when I remained quiet and cooed 'eaasy', he figured there wasn't really anything to be worried about and settled right down! I have other examples of similar instances, but I won't bore you with the details... ^_^