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post #1 of 15 Old 10-28-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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BLM Mustangs?

Hi everyone, I just have a simple question out of curiosity, what is your opinion on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Mustangs? I've been researching them a lot lately and I would be interested in gentling one, one day when I have the time and resources. Has anyone out there ever owned one? Even if you haven't, what do you think about these mustangs?

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-28-2012, 09:19 PM
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My very first horse and second horse were both blm. My first one was definitely a one person horse loved me to death but i got him when he was about 16 ish and he'd been trained but bounced around a lot and mishandled as my aunt leased him out a lot and every time he came back with another problem he was still an awesome horse for me. Rge second one however was 3 and greenbroke, great on the ground but bronced me off more then once, still loved him to death.
They are hardy horses our mustangs had rock hard feet and stayed fat just looking at food haha. Buut do not take one on unless you have a professional there to help you and blm has some serious regulations and if they aren't conplied with i believe they take the horse back.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-28-2012, 09:41 PM
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I am also interested in this. I have been doing some research into it. I think its so tricky. I have met some really nice mustangs and some totally nutty ones. I can't tell if they are nutty because people who did not know horses had them and sort of let them get away with murder or if they were just hot. I think a big part of the problem is that a lot of them get bounced around and don't have that stability that any horse needs during training. I am interested in taking one on in a few years. It seems that the ones I have met who were owned by knowledgable horse people were great. So, I second working with a professional. I know a few board members have them. Hopefully they will stop by with their opinions and experiences.
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I bought six one summer for my kids to work with. The horses were all from the 3 time loser program, where they'd been offered for auction at least 3 times with no takers. They were all geldings about 7 years of age.

The kids did well with them and sold them at the end of summer for school clothes and extra curricular activities the upcoming year.

There is a wide variety of horses. Some are tall and leggy. Others short with long heads. Steep croups. Flat croups. A bit of every thing. A few curlies come through. Influences of whatever's been kicked on to, or just ended up in, the range areas.

They weren't any different than any other horse that hadn't been handled.

My strongest suggestion is to, once you've selected a few for soundness, pick from those for personality. Don't let looks sway you.

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I adopted one! I love his personality. He is an easy keeper.
Boots- didn't you have to keep the mustangs for a year before selling them?
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-29-2012, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the help! I would definitely use a professional's help for the saddle training but for some of the ground work I've found some really good techniques online about even just approaching your horse ect.

Boots~ I can't believe you and your family gentled 6 in one summer!! It's hard for me to imagine gentling one!
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-29-2012, 10:15 AM
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Beatha- i would suggest having a trainer with you through the whole thing. They are just like arabs being that they are incredibly smart and very easy to mess up. Not that you will, but it os just better to have a trainer from the get go so A ) the horse gets all the basics it needs and B) the trainers there in case you get stuck. You really need to have that eye to see when they relax to give that immediate praise.

Good luck though :)
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-29-2012, 10:47 AM
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Boots- didn't you have to keep the mustangs for a year before selling them?
No. We didn't 'adopt.' These were ones that had been offered for adoption time and again. Their next stop would have been one of those feedlot type outfits that take money to warehouse them. What... aren't there over 30,000 being warehoused right now.

We also didn't have to have certain fences, certain shelters, none of that. $35/each and we took them home.

I had to go to town every day and the kids, 3 teenaged daughters, were stuck at the ranch. It gave them something to do. Actually, kept them quite busy. Sibling fight? Go cry to your horse. Bored? Go work your horse. Want to get out of scrubbing the house? Tell me you're going to spend the day with your horse. You think your two are ready to go? Better be safe enough for mom to climb on like a raw newbie and not be bothered a bit.
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My cousins have mustangs and they are some of the best and hardiest little riding horses I've ever seen! One of them is the absolute greatest, deadbroke kids horse I've ever had the fortune to meet! Their only problem is that my cousin's horses are hard to catch, but once caught, they are gems.

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I've got a little mustang pony that was given to us last December. He's had a half-dozen owners. We don't ride him often because we rarely have 3 people who want to ride. He gets very nervous riding in an arena. I don't think he feels confident there. Take him out on the trail with the other two, and his 13 hands cover ground as fast as my 15.2 mare - probably because he likes to stay near her. He's calm, relaxed and level headed. His feet are excellent and he also can get fat just looking at food.

Our three horses...pretty easy to figure out which one is the mustang pony:

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