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Is a Mustang Right For Me?

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        02-26-2008, 08:49 PM
    At my old barn there was a mustang mare that was an awesome little jumper. She was a little leaner than the average mustang and the prettiest dappled gray. She had tons of energy and seemed to never get tired and also you could put her in a ring with jumps and she would automaticaly jump a course of jumps without a rider. It was so cute. She could also jump about 3 ft.

    I think that you should definitely consider a mustang, but please don't limit yourself to one or two breeds because you might come upon a horse that might be perfect for you but turn the horse down because of his/her breed.

    I have also heard that Selle Francais horses are awesome, I actually admire that breed quite a bit and always dream of having one. Good luck with you search!
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        02-26-2008, 09:16 PM
    As justdressageit said, conformation plays a big role in a horses jumping ability. Height is often not a factor either unless you are heading for GP but you said you werent showing so that doesnt matter :) I've seen 14.3hh ponies jump 4 - 4 1/2' and 16hh horses bumble over 2'. I say find whatever you are comfortable with. With proper training most horses will jump 2' or more.

    Something to think about...i was never keen as a youngen to show and had no plans of it. Once I started jumping though and getting better and higher I felt the need to challenge myself by competing. Since then I have developed an insatiable appetite for showing lol same has happened with my hubby. When I first started teaching him to ride he said he just wanted to pleasure ride and wasnt interested in showing. Now he's saying he would like to get into cross country or endurance riding and go to events etc its because he is working hard and is getting good results so he wants to test himself out on the show circuit

    Im not saying the same thing will happen to you but maybe keep that in mind when you are choosing a horse. A mustang may be perfectly fine and you may find yourself about to show in some lower level classes if you decide to do so good luck with your decision making and horse buying expedition
        02-26-2008, 09:19 PM
    ^^ that is becoming so true for me. When I had lessons, I never wanted to show because I only had weekly lessons and my family didn't have the money for me to lease or have a horse. But now that I have a horse, I want to do so many things with her, and i'd like to try competing. Not sure what tho.
    But I would look for a horse to suit you and leave color, gender and breed out of it.
    I thought I wanted a tall, trained, bay TB gelding. But what I got was a green broke, 15.2ish, sorrel app mare. And I love her to pieces.
        02-26-2008, 09:55 PM
    Thanx for all of your thoughts and feedback. Selle Francais are another breed that I am considering but I have decided I want a rescue so I will see what's available, trained or untrained and go from there. Thanx a lot for all of the responses!
        02-26-2008, 10:40 PM
    Aaaah a rescue! Now you're talking my language you can get some amazing horses that are rescues but just make sure you are prepared for the job of dealing with the issues that rescues horses can have.

    Im really glad to hear someone else is taking up the rescue idea :)
        02-26-2008, 10:46 PM
    Green Broke
    Welllllllllllllllllll, I own a mustang and have done much research on them before I bought him. Their tempermant is usually amazing, they are life long partners, super social, and very trusting to their owners (i guess any horse can have this). I was told by my trainer that mustangs can be great little jumpers because they are built for athletics, but everyone is right, they are super stocky, probably not the most graceful. Conformation wise, prob not the best, but for me im not going to be showing or going pro....maybe dabbling in jumping, but nothing spectacular. I love my baby for his personality all the way.

    Good luck!!
        02-27-2008, 11:20 AM
    Thanks, mustangs are great, I have a freind that has one but I will see what the rescue shelter has. It will probably end up being whatever horse I happen to fall in love with! :) I will keep researching and all that and thanks for your input.

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