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post #1 of 6 Old 05-22-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Mustang Specialties

What sport do you think a first generation mustang (not sure if that is the right term - I mean a mustang adopted from the BLM, not one born and raised in capticity) would be best at?

I don't have much experience with mustangs, but based on their natural living confitions before, I would assume barrels would be their specialty. A barrel horse needs to be quick and agile - same as a wild horse, who depends on that for survival.

Maybe even hunter jumping. Living in the wild has given mustangs exceptionally strong hooves, and survival of the fittest has given them strong, durable legs.

What do you think mustangs would excel at? I understand virtually every horse can do every sport, but I'm talking about excelling competatively.
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My mustang isn't BLM, but a Spanish mustang off of native land. He's great at barrels even though he isn't the fastest horse out there. He's great for trails, you can just point him out and go and cover 20 miles without even stopping for a break. He's also very cowy and is learning the basics of cattle sorting.
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There seems to be so many variations in the mustang 'breed' I would think that you'd have to look at each horse as an individual to decide that.
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I would suggest that a mustang's specialization would be non-specialization, ie, an all-purpose horse that can be put to anything in the low levels. The reason I'm saying this is because, while the mustang will no doubt have the strong body to stay sound, they haven't been purpose bred for a specific sport. So, for example, a mustang with really nice movement might make a good dressage mount and be capable of doing all the movements and staying sound, they just probably aren't going to be able to compete against a purpose-bred warmblood at the highest level, because the warmblood has been developed with greater extension, collection, etc. in mind, while the mustang has randomly bred with the only condition being that it survives to breeding age.
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Mustangs naturally excel at endurance.
they are also very versatile so pick a mustang and decide what you want to do.
You may not win the NCHA championship, or reining competitions bu you can have lots of fun. Shalom
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Yup as stated a jack of all trades. There are so many different variations you can get either a drafty looking mustang or a more tb looking mustang. My last boys were more towards the tb/quarter type.

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