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post #31 of 48 Old 05-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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I've never owned a Mustang, but hope to someday.

Of the three, just judging from the photos, I like Vinnie the best.
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post #32 of 48 Old 05-11-2013, 11:00 PM
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I love my mustang. I contacted a TIP trainer and we worked out a deal between the two of us. I adopted the one that I wanted, and I've paid her for monthly board and training. She's going to haul my mare out to our new home in DC this summer, then things will really get exciting. She's the horse in my avatar.

So far in dealing with her, my girl is cautious, smart, and doesn't need a whole lot of fussing.

Out of the three that you were considering, I like the one in the middle the best because he seems put together the best. Dood has a little bit of a ewe neck, and the first one's back end doesn't seem to balance out those withers.

If those mustangs don't work out for you, still consider one. Look into TIP trainers in your area, and see what they have to offer, or what they are willing to do.

I'm very excited about my mustang and I fully intend to love her to death.
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post #33 of 48 Old 05-12-2013, 01:14 AM
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I was given a 15YO Mustang (or 13YO, says the vet) just a couple of weeks ago. I'll post some pictures of him. Ignore how fat he is please! The previous owners had no idea how to care for a horse and he had access to rich, green grass 24/7, plus lots of sugar cubes. Right now he is fatter than a weight tape! We're guessing 1,400 pounds or so.

His feet are bad right now too. They haven't trimmed him since last summer. The teenage girl tried to do it herself, but gave it up and no one trimmed since. They're still better than I would have guessed they'd be after all this time though. Must be the good Mustang genetics. He's never foundered.

He got away with murder with the last owners, so he's pushy and disrespectful, but we are working through that. He is pretty funny when he plays, and really likes people. He is a pretty calm horse, and once we get through the training issues he should do well as a horse for the rest of my family to ride. My TWH is ADHD-- I'm pretty much the only one that rides her! lol

Here are the pictures:

You can see how FAT he is here!
Lowering his head. He does this pretty good most of the time.
Lungeing him.
Disengaging his hindquarters.
Me standing with him.

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post #34 of 48 Old 05-12-2013, 11:45 AM
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I haven't brought my mustang home yet, but I've trained 4 mustangs 2 fresh out the wild. I've got to go out and halter break/gentle my boy before I bring him home and finish. But I have honestly never had an easier time training a horse. They are super smart and retain everything forever. Because they are used to foraging most people wreck them with over feeding grain when they don't need it. If you're just pleasure and trail riding a few times a week as long as it's not LD riding or endurance type stuff multiple times a week they probably don't need more than good quality grass/hay and fresh water.
And now to the logical thoughts on buying a horse. As a breed mustangs tend to be sturdy and good trail mounts but every horse is different so you should choose based on which one you feel most comfortable with. Once fully trained he may greet you at the gate or play tag so there's no real way to tell if it will still be hard to catch. Normally they are pretty sure footed because they're over a bunch of different terrain but it also depends on how long they were wild and how much they've seen. I've known a few to be wicked spooky and not good for trail because they were pulled very young and didn't get to experience anything. Have you trained a horse before? Because that could be another deciding factor. It would be easier to finish a saddle broke horse than it is starting a gentled horse.Time and capability should be considered. Do you have the time to train him? Temperament needs to be considered based on where you're going to board. If at a boarding stable will he be turned out with other horses or by himself. Is he friendly enough to be in with other horses? Is he OK being alone if he doesn't get along with the other horses or is being kept in the backyard? Just some things to think about.
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post #35 of 48 Old 05-12-2013, 02:29 PM
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Any of you following the UnBranded cross country riders? 4 friends, 13 mustangs, 3,000 miles. Just type in "UnBranded film" and the story(ies)will pop up. Follow their updates and see how their doing.
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post #36 of 48 Old 05-18-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know how I missed all these replies! Thank you all so much for them!

Well, the Buckskin Appy is out. The woman is going to find another buying because her asking price is about $1500 more than I was wanting to spend (which, I honestly think he isn't necessarily worth that much)...

We had been back and forth about pricing but she had never given me a firm answer.

That being said, I've never started a horse under saddle. My horse trainer friend has offered to train one for me, but she lives an hour away so it would be difficult and not consistent. I guess I won't be getting a horse :( TIP program is on hold until October, and there are literally NO saddle trained mustangs for sale near me that I can find!

There are some available at a rescue in Maine, but I am not sure how I feel about owning one from a rescue, because it's basically a free lease (can only give back to them if something doesn't work out). Now granted - I am planning on being a FOREVER home for whatever horse I get, so I don't imagine it being a problem, but for some reason, I just feel weird about it. Can anyone ease my mind about that?

I guess I could hire a trainer for the other two mustangs, but I'm not sure yet what I want to do. What if they don't take to saddle? Does that happen often with 'stangs?
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post #37 of 48 Old 05-18-2013, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by aharlov View Post
I guess I could hire a trainer for the other two mustangs, but I'm not sure yet what I want to do. What if they don't take to saddle? Does that happen often with 'stangs?
I don't know that it happens often in that particular breed, but there are some mustangs that are easier to handle than others. I lucked out with the 2 I got and didn't have any serious issues to deal bucking, no rearing, no bolting, etc, just a bit of spookiness.

It depends on the individual horse and how it's handled. If the trainer handles a horse a little bit wrong, they can turn it into a bucker/rearer/bolter pretty quick...but that's with any horse, not just mustangs.

My biggest problem with this whole situation, I suppose, is that you are looking at completely untrained horses that are $1000+ just because they are mustangs. You could pick up a fully trained grade for much less than that (in my area at least, I've had multiple folks offering me broke horses for free that just needed a training tune-up).

Then, in addition to the outrageous purchase price, they are expecting you to either a) spend over $100 per ride to have them barely started under saddle or b) spend an additional $1000-$3000 with another trainer to get them trail-ready.

I know that it would have to be sight-unseen, but it would probably be cheaper to adopt one of the trained mustangs through the BLM adoption process (highest bid I've seen on any of those was $350) and then arrange to have it shipped to you.
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post #38 of 48 Old 05-18-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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I know that it would have to be sight-unseen, but it would probably be cheaper to adopt one of the trained mustangs through the BLM adoption process (highest bid I've seen on any of those was $350) and then arrange to have it shipped to you.

I would LOVE to go through the BLM... but the TIP program is on hold, and my facility does not have the round pen / 6' high fencing/ etc etc etc needed to gentle. And I really don't think I could gentle a mustang on my own. I may know someone who would possibly be willing to transport from the NY pick up (and has a stock trailer, too, and worked with mustangs before), and I wouldn't even mind a project horse to try to start under saddle, but trying to figure out where to keep it and get it approved before the adoption starts next week might be a little crazy... ah!
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post #39 of 48 Old 05-22-2013, 01:46 AM
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Sometimes on the BLM adoptions, they have horses to adopt that are already halter started, or saddle started. Those horses don't need the extra high fence. Also, yearlings don't need the extra high fence either.
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post #40 of 48 Old 05-22-2013, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by HorseCrazyTeen View Post
I was given a 15YO Mustang (or 13YO, says the vet) just a couple of weeks ago.
Love your boy - even if he is a bit rolly polly right now!

As to the age of your 'stang - get a good picture of his brand and then look up the key online. His year of birth will be branded on his neck and is usually reasonably accurate since they tend to catch them young. More accurate than looking at his teeth at this point.

Here is a good site: How To Read A Brand
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