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post #1 of 17 Old 02-25-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is a Mustang Right For Me?

Hey! I am thinking about getting a horse but I want to get the best breed for me. I really like mustangs but I was wondering what discipline they are the best for. I want a jumper so if they are absolutely not good for jumping please let me know. I just need some feedback and personal info on mustangs as jumpers. Also, how are mustang's temperment and what makes them a good choice for a horse or a bad choice? Please let me know as I am eager to get a horse but need to know what I should get. Thanks!

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Re: Is a Mustang Right For Me?

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Hey! I am thinking about getting a horse but I want to get the best breed for me. I really like mustangs but I was wondering what discipline they are the best for. I want a jumper so if they are absolutely not good for jumping please let me know. I just need some feedback and personal info on mustangs as jumpers. Also, how are mustang's temperment and what makes them a good choice for a horse or a bad choice? Please let me know as I am eager to get a horse but need to know what I should get. Thanks!
any horse can be good at anything. It takes training to make any horse be good at dressage, jumping, racing, etc.
I've had no experience with mustangs, but I know for a fact that ANY horse can make a good horse. It's all on the horses personality. There is no bad breed, there can be a bad horse, but not a breed.
Don't get too eager and rush into things, that's a mistake alot of people make. Take your time when buying a horse. Make sure, if you find a horse you like, it IS the horse you want. Don't entirely judge a horse by the breed or color.
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I'd suggest a leaner horse if you're jumping bigger heights... lower heights just about any horse can do.
Conformation plays a BIG role in how well a horse can do at any certain discipline. For jumping, stocky QH/mustang types are generally too heavy-set and don't have the proper conformation for jumping big heights.
Again, if you're sticking to the smaller stuff, just about any breed will do.

Are you buying this horse trained, or training it yourself?


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post #4 of 17 Old 02-25-2008, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting a trained one. I thought a mustang might not be the best for bigger jumps and because that's what I want to do I was looking at the Selle Francais as well. I also wanted to know the mustangs and selle francais temperaments so if you own one or have been around one please let me know.

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The Selle Francais is a hotter warmblood, closer to the TB type than the draft type, so they tend to be, well very hot and their minds reflect that; they certainly aren't the calmest things ever.
They do well, and you see a few in GP competition, but personally they aren't my favorite warmblood.

Mustangs are hardy, it's often said "they get fat off air and dirt" so they're easy keepers. Don't know much about their personality, though I guess they're very similar to the QH.


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ok well thanx for the feedback, I will continue to research and see what I come up with. I'm not competing so I may still get a mustang even if they can't jump the highest.

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post #7 of 17 Old 02-26-2008, 06:16 PM
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if you want 2 be jumping the higher jumps i would prolly get a wb or a tb cuz u never really here about mustangs jumping 5ft or w/e idk but i guess it could happen
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If you want to be really serious about showing and jumping the higher heights, then lean more towards a tb or a warmblood. A mustang will be fine for lower heights and just to have fun on. I personally have much experience with mustangs so I can't tell you much about it, but at the same time I haven't really seen them showing in a jumper events, at any level. It depends on the horse though. If you are going to be getting a trained horse, you will be able to see it's form over fences and make a decision.
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-26-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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ok, thanx. I won't be competing but will do jumping on my own for fun so while I think mustangs are gorgeous, since I can only have one horse I think I will get a horse more like a tb or a warmblood. One meant to jump. :)

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Re: Is a Mustang Right For Me?

What you want in a jumper is a horse that's quick, responsive, and able to get over the fences. Can you find that in a mustang? Maybe... I've personally never seen one in the jumper ring (Not that they don't exist) as they really weren't bred to do that. ;) I do see a lot of WBs, Selle Francais, TB's, even QH's. But I see a lot of those breeds that don't make it in the jumpers. My point is, it doesn't really matter what the breed is. If you can find a mustang that can do that at the level you want, with the personality you want, then great! For the jumpers look for a horse that can do the job, not a particular breed.
As far as mustangs go, I hear they're fabulous trail horses. Surefooted, strong hooves that don't need shoes, etc. I really don't have experience with them though. I have had a lot of experience with Selle Francais. My trainer growing up imported them from France every year so about half of my barn were SFs! They are generally a little hotter but make fantastic jumpers. Some of them did well in the hunters as well. Generally beautiful but very expensive! (most of these were in or close to 6 figures)
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