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  • Wild Mustang show comformation standards
  • Best way to gentle a wild mustang for beginners

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    01-07-2010, 09:54 AM

Mustang owners what are they like? What the most common colour for them. I don't own one. But id like to again what are they like please reply
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    01-07-2010, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
They are amazing and very loving. They come in every color of the rainbow! Mine is a complete doll, very intelligent and even a bit jealous of any other horse that come near. They seem to bond really strongly with you when you get their attention. He is around 15 hands, bay, gelded.(he is my avatar)
    01-07-2010, 10:00 AM
They are wild and not best for beginners.
    01-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Green Broke
    01-09-2010, 12:12 PM
They are not for beginners! They have high self preservation and are great thinkers!
With that said, I truly enjoy working with Mustangs! They are strong, sturdy, easy keepers, retain almost anything you put to them immediately...good or bad! They have no quit! Which also could be good or bad.....hence the not for beginners!
IMHO...they can't be "cowboyed" once you loose their trust... you might as well hang up your hat!
If you really want to get involved with Mustangs, take the time to learn how they communicate with body language! Learn how to be the "boss" by their standards not ours!
Find a Mustang trainer who may be willing to coach you from the ground up! If the trainer really cares about the breed, they will be more than willing to help out another Mustang enthusiast!
Good luck!
    01-09-2010, 12:36 PM
Agree with all the other posters, certainly not for a beginner unless you find one that is older and has been very well trained. They can be found in every color though some colors are more common like bay and sorrel. They are sturdy horses and their conformation may not be perfect compared with domesticated horses, but they are bred for soundness. Normally, those with confo faults that create an unsoundness don't survive the wild.
    02-11-2011, 08:29 PM
I was always intrigued by mustangs - they are so beautiful running wild, you know...? :) never owned one
    02-12-2011, 12:57 AM
Well I would have to disagree with the above post, I have had and trained quite a few mustangs that came from the blm right off the range and yes it does help to have some experience, BUT I have also seen newbies get one, and through thrust and a gentle manner end up with a totally awesome horse... So to say that they are ONLY for experience people is wrong.... Can they hurt you, of course, so I say you need to have common sense and understand a little about a horse, and also when you go get your 1st one, talk to the BLM employees to have them help pick out one that has been known to have more of a calmer personality... also take someone who knows how to read a horse when in a herd, that way you make sure you do not pick a dominate one, which usually tends to be a mare.... gelding usually come around way soon, but it really all depends on the horse... my 12 yr old daughter gentled one in 3 days, and was riding her within the month... I only gave a few suggestions here and there but she did it all herself .. experienced yes, but only as much experience as any 12 yr old can have that was raised with horses.. she just has a way with them.. but as a former BLM volunteer compliance person, I have seen many people adopt them that had little or NO experience and did just fine.... Just remember the can hurt you like any other horse and until you gain their trust, some can be downright aggressive when you start working with them, but it only comes from their survival instincts... patience, time, and teaching them that you are the lead horse by getting their respect through pressure and release will get you a lifelong loyal mount!!
    02-12-2011, 03:13 AM
I have wild horses! Check out my blog the wild horse project

The actual first steps of getting them haltered and handled are probably not for beginners but once they can be handled they are the calmest and most sensible and versatile horses I have ever worked with!

Really awsome it is just such a thrill working with them

Probably if you were to get one your self and are novice get a younger one or a mare, keave the colts to proffessionals

I say go for

There are also lots of people who train them then sell them this could be an escellant option for you
    02-12-2011, 12:55 PM
They come in EVERY color and all sorts of conformations and dispositions. I disagree some mustangs are great for beginners (granted that they are trained first not my first horse the unbroke out of the wild mustang). You can get any type you want, draft, light, stock they're all represented in different herds.

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