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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Curious About Mustangs - Opinions?

I'm in the process of selling my current horse and searching for my next horse. I'm looking for a nice mellow western type, not dull but sane, for pleasure riding, trail, and possibly some reining, very low-level, maybe not even ever competing or at the most just casually. Mostly I just want a nice sane horse to ride around for fun, but I'm generally more comfortable with a certain type.

I've only been around a few mustangs and don't know a terrible lot about their minds but I liked the ones I met.
I've come across a few online that sparked my interest, and I really like the idea of a nice hardy mustang after my very needy and high-maintenance TB...

What I'm wondering is, do mustangs have a general...I can't find the word, like a way about them like most breeds have? Personality-wise, that is. Or do they have even more variation between them than usual since they aren't hand-bred by humans for certain traits. I mean I guess they are hand-bred by nature...but I don't know, I hope I'm making sense


Thanks for any and all help!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-26-2010, 07:33 PM
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mustangs are great horses! my first horse was a grey mustang gelding. They deffinately vary in personality i have none absolute loco ones and others that would rather sleep then run lol. It deffinately just depends on the horse :].Its also nice because they come in so many different shapes,sizes and colors and generally have really nice conformation. I hope to own another later on...

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whoops spelling error!!! known not none -headdesk- wow my bad lol

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I can only speak for my mustang cause i don't really know any others. I adore my boy! He is by far the best horse i've ever had & i would'nt trade him for the world! I think all horses have their own personalitys.

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my advice is basically sinsin's^ :) i just bought a 4 year old mare, & she's calm, but still has a lot of energy. she's the only mustang i've known/ridden, and she's absoloutley wonderful(: there's always going to be hotheads in every breed, but from what i've heard from other people they're mostly awesome horses

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Of course, this won't go for all breeds but the 2 that I have, the rest I have known, and others that I have heard about all made really nice horses. They are generally very intelligent and once you form a bond with them, they will do anything for you. Some of them can be really mellow (like Koda) and others can have a bit of spunk (like Dobe) LOL, or a whole lot of spunk. They are generally nice easy keepers and very tough little using horses, though sometimes the biggest battle is keeping weight off of them . While there are many out there with serious conformation flaws, if you get a good one, their joints, bones, and feet are designed for many years of hard use. I mean, after all, they have spent hundreds of generations running across dangerous and rough country to survive.

Generally, they fit into more of a 'jack of all trades, master of none' category. They are great all-around horses but they may never excel at one particular discipline, regardless of training. Like my boy Dobe, he'll cut a cow and do his best at it, but no matter how much work he got, he could never be on the same level as a cow-bred QH.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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Thanks a ton to everyone! I really like everything I've heard so far about them, it definitely sounds like the right mustang could make a good match for me, especially since I'm just looking for a nice hardy, reliable ranch type horse, not necessarily a majorly competitive show horse or anything. I'll definitely take a look at the ones I've been eyeing online!
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