Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Central Valley, CA
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!!