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    05-19-2011, 10:07 PM
  #1
Yearling
Mustangs!

I would love to know if anyone else on this forum owns a mustang. What do you do with yours? What are its origins? How did you come to own yours? Was it captured or do you have a second generation 'stang? Also, would you consider breeding yours? Why or why not?

Mine is Savanna, she is "Red Rendezvous" with AMBA. We are currently both "in training" to do western events. I got her from a guy a few counties away from me. She is from New Mexico, but was adopted in California. Now she is happily living a spoiled life in Kentucky! :)









     
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    05-19-2011, 10:29 PM
  #2
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She's beautiful. I, personally, adore the mustang breed and I will likely always have at least one hanging around. I currently have 2 that came from the BLM.

My main guy, Dobe, is 9 this year. He was captured in Adobe Town, Wyoming (hence his name) and adopted by a friend of my Dad's. When they realized that wild mustangs are actually wild, they just stuck him in a big arena by himself for about a year and never touched him. I brought him home for $150 and I must say, that is some of the best money I have ever spent. After he figured out that I wasn't going to run away and leave him alone when he would charge me like his last owners, things moved along rather quickly. I was riding him through cattle within just a few days of bringing him home and we've never looked back. He's been my main guy for 6 years now. I use him for trail riding and ranch work mostly, but he is willing to do whatever else I ask of him.






LOL, he's my little herd 'stallion'.



Then, I have Koda. He's 8 this year and I have no idea where he came from. He was adopted as a yearling by a lady in a nearby town. She sent him to a trainer when he was 3 and after 30 days, he was sent back with the label "un-trainable":roll:. So, I bought him for $125 and brought him home. Due to my own time constraints with work, he ended up just staying turned out to pasture for another year until he was 5 before I had a chance to work with him. Anyway, about 3 hours after catching him out of the pasture, I was trotting circles on him in the roundpen. His training progressed quickly but I haven't really had time to do much with him in the last couple of years. Soon, I plan on getting him going again and finding him a new home where he can be appreciated. I just don't have the time to give him the attention and work he deserves.

This was the 3rd time he had ever had a saddle on.


Poor little ugly monster .


And this was one of the last times I've had a saddle on him. We had just come back from a pretty long trail ride.


Funny thing was, neither one of them even offered to buck during the training process. Dobe crow-hopped with me once about a year after I started him but that was more of an "it's early in the morning and cool, I've been getting really good feed, and I'm feeling GOOD" type things.
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    05-19-2011, 11:13 PM
  #3
Foal
This would be Roxie.(: She's four years old, 13.3 hands (we think her growth was stunted from having a colt at two) she's the NOSIEST animal I've ever met, & I really adore her(:

I found her on horsetopia.com, a girl in a town about thirty minutes away from me adopted her from Wyoming. My ultimate goal is to do Endurance with her (I know she doesn't look like it, but she's got awesome endurance) but for now, we're just doing lessons. As for breeding, I would love to get a mule out of her, but I just don't think there's really much of a market for a Mustang cross... but then again, what do I know?
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    05-19-2011, 11:18 PM
  #4
Showing
Oh, yeah. I forgot about the whole breeding question. Even if my guys weren't geldings, the answer to that one would be a resounding NO. There are already too many Mustangs that the BLM is trying to find homes for. I would much rather go and adopt one. That way, I could get the color, conformation, temperament, and size that I wanted instead of risking the odds on the crap shoot of breeding a horse with unknown lineage/genetic diseases/conformation/etc.
     
    05-19-2011, 11:41 PM
  #5
Yearling
I LOVE Dobe! He's gorgeous! And HUGE from the looks of it. I'm a sucker for grays... but Savanna has such a clean, shiny, intense bay coat that I grow fonder of each day. I think she has good conformation and a very solid build, and she has great endurance - so I don't find it hard to believe that even your pony-stang has awesome endurance! These horses are TOUGH and could probably outlast any thoroughbred :P

I am not for breeding personal horses... maybe in 10 years, when she's older and closer to retirement, I will adopt another mustang and once it's trained, I'll retire her. I think she'd probably make some pretty foals (I fantasize about how wonderful and upright her foal by a friesian might look...:P), but there's just no necessity to breeding her. I would still be interested in seeing if others would breed theirs, since responsible mustang crosses (as in, carefully chosen stallions/mares with exceptional conformation, bred to make a sporty horse) seem ... well, non-existent. I find that strange, too, since mustangs DO have exceptional stamina and are very sturdy.

I found her on Craigslist for $300. She has turned out to be a wonderful horse thus far. I'm very interested in seeing all the HF mustangs!
     
    05-19-2011, 11:54 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Oh, yeah. I forgot about the whole breeding question. Even if my guys weren't geldings, the answer to that one would be a resounding NO. There are already too many Mustangs that the BLM is trying to find homes for. I would much rather go and adopt one. That way, I could get the color, conformation, temperament, and size that I wanted instead of risking the odds on the crap shoot of breeding a horse with unknown lineage/genetic diseases/conformation/etc.

Hmm, now I'm curious what do you think about breeding for Mules? From what I've read on the internet, a good Mustang will produce a nice Mule. And I have a slight idea of what my mare would throw, looking at her colt, so, it's not a complete shot in the dark.

Just for fun, here's some pictures of the colt his name is Bryce, and the girl I bought Roxie from still has him, and last I heard he's started his training.
     
    05-20-2011, 12:07 AM
  #7
Green Broke
A friend gave me Willow after she lost her job and couldn't afford to keep her. She is actually supposed to be a mustang arab cross, but I can't really see the arab. Her mother was a BLM mustang. I use her for trail riding, and western events. Last weekend was our 1st real show with our arena's new drill team.

Momma is another rescue of ours. The people we got her from didn't realize she was pregnant. They bought her as a pack horse at auction & didn't want to wait until she foaled. She gave birth to Havok on Super Bowl Sunday. We have a couple of folks who are going to give her a forever home after the baby is weaned.

Smrobs is right, there are just way to many mustangs to advocate breeding. Both of these horses were given to us for free because there really isn't a market for them where I live.
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    05-20-2011, 12:31 AM
  #8
Weanling
This Is my Mustang gelding Camanche I got him from a guy who coudnt do anything with him, so he gave me him for free :)



And this is his son Dakota :)

     
    05-20-2011, 10:56 AM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by KateKlemmer    
hmm, now I'm curious what do you think about breeding for Mules? From what I've read on the internet, a good Mustang will produce a nice Mule. And I have a slight idea of what my mare would throw, looking at her colt, so, it's not a complete shot in the dark.
I would still say no. With mustangs being what they are and not knowing anything about their parentage, there could be some horrible conformational thing that could rear it's ugly head suddenly with a foal. Maybe their parent or grandparent was extremely poorly conformed and only survived long enough to produce 1 foal that, miraculously, wasn't a mutant. Even if our horses look decent, that doesn't mean that they don't have those mutant genes just waiting to find their way into a foal.

Mule or not, nobody would want a foal that looked like either of these. Too many ugly conformational things.
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    05-20-2011, 11:12 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I would still say no. With mustangs being what they are and not knowing anything about their parentage, there could be some horrible conformational thing that could rear it's ugly head suddenly with a foal. Maybe their parent or grandparent was extremely poorly conformed and only survived long enough to produce 1 foal that, miraculously, wasn't a mutant. Even if our horses look decent, that doesn't mean that they don't have those mutant genes just waiting to find their way into a foal.

Mule or not, nobody would want a foal that looked like either of these. Too many ugly conformational things.
LOL, the one on the left is ... interesting ... haha. Too bad they don't have studs that are homozygous for good conformation. :P
     

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