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post #1 of 22 Old 12-26-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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BLM Mustangs

I am considering adopting a mustang from the BLM, and I was just wondering to all of those who have adopted; once they trust you, do they have good attitudes? and are there any main things I should know about the breed before adopting?
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-26-2011, 11:48 PM
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all I can say is do your research

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-26-2011, 11:54 PM
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Anecdotal evidence, but the few I've known (after breaking and training) were indistinguishable from any other domestic horse.
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-27-2011, 12:01 AM
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They can be great horses, but just like any breed there are good and bad ones.

Make sure you have the facilities to halter break and train your Mustang. But once you gain their trust they are very willing. I have had them for ranch and rope horses and been pleased with them and I have had few...well...I wasn't pleased with...

If you go to the BLM to pick one out, being able to read horses will work to your advantage since obviously you can't ride them. So watching them in the pens may give you insight to their personality and what will be a good fit for you.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-27-2011, 01:32 AM
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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... ^_^
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-07-2012, 11:46 PM
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every horse is different indeed, however if you put the time patience and love into them they indeed will become a fabulous horse. i grew up riding a mustang my mom broke staight from the plains in nevada. He never had a thing done with him until age 7 and he is the best horse we ever had. once we had his trust he gave everything to us and we even taught him to pull a cart and a sleigh :) we could put any small child on him and trust him to take care of him, and he was always very cautious of where he put his feet. In my opinion a great option when looking for a horse!!
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-15-2012, 12:30 AM
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I have two BLM mustangs! My adoption experience has been AMAZING!!! I highly suggest going to the pens to chose your horse. Where do you live what location are you considering adopting from? I'm a volunteer and can help you. If you would like to see videos of my horse from day one out of the pens go to my channel. Thus video is of my little herd that I took today.

Here is Sam Elliott on his first day out of the pens. I adopted him from the pens in Litchfield California.
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post #8 of 22 Old 01-16-2012, 04:34 PM
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I have three BLM's right now and have had several BLM's in the past. Since BLM horses are a mix of many different breeds what HMA they come from can have a huge difference. I would suggest if it's your first time getting a yearling instead of grown horse. I have owned BLM's that could pass for draft horses to a BLM mare that looked so much like a purebred morgan (her mane fell over the brand on her neck) that I had numerous morgan people ask me her pedigree.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-01-2012, 04:55 PM
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Here is the mustang we adopted Feb 2011. She is now a 6 y/o mare I have to agree with Eolith on the way they seem to think things through. she may have shied a little but I have never had her buck or bolt on me. Everybody around here is amazed with where she is at now compared to when we unloaded her from the BLM pens...LOL.
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-02-2012, 09:04 AM
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The Mustangs I have worked with and around have been some of the smartest, sweetest, and most reliable horses I have ever met.

We had a five year old gelding at my old barn who had been on the range until he was two, and then trained by a prison program. This horse was the first one to greet you at the gate, always had his head out of his stall in hopes of petting, and was our babysitter for the trails. He was a little intimidating due to his size; a massive 16 hands, and drafty to boot. But if you could sit on a horse you could trail ride him.

He also did walk/trot lessons for an autistic girl in our therapeutic riding program. I mean, he was really just an unbelievable horse.

Oh, and the best part; he never needed any emergency medical care or anything other than regular trims. This is something I have known the be the case for every Mustang I have met or heard of.

I myself have been considering adoption for a long time, but I have never started a horse under saddle much less gentled a wild thing. So have been leaning toward adopting an already broke horse from one of the prison programs that Tank (the awesome Mustang) came from. If you aren't 100% sure on gentling/training I would do some research on that.
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