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post #11 of 47 Old 11-19-2012, 11:24 PM
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Lovely filly!

Tons of groundwork now but I wouldn't start under saddle until at least 3. I adopted a mustang this year and love him to pieces. He is the most gentle horse I have in my pasture. He is 3 and I plan to start him fully undersaddle in the spring. I'm holding off till then so I can work him more consistently. Hard to do right now with work and early nights.

As to where they excel - that depends on the mustang. They have the heart for anything but some have conformations and preferences that make them better at one thing or another.
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post #12 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 09:10 AM
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Mustangs are wicked intelligent. A friend of mine adopted two mustangs and asked me to work with one. She's a three year old spitfire that has so much personality and she's so willing to learn. As long as I take my time to make sure she understands what I'm asking I've had no problems with her. It's amazing how smart and easy she is to work with. I've been doing grids and ground poles with her as well as western pleasure and neck reining with no problem. Nothing phases her and if I thought my friend would sell her to me I would take her in a second.

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post #13 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 11:03 AM
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I love em :) I want one so bad, and I think i'll be adopting in 2014. They're gorgeous, intelligent, and once they bond with you, they remember you forever.
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post #14 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 11:17 AM
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we have a mare in for Trainng right now she is Beautiful and Really sweet actually. She was with hooves and paws rescue here and poor girl had so many ticks on her we were getting them off her and she was so tolerant. I will try to get some pictures of her

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post #15 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 11:33 AM
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you can get every conformation, personality, intelligence quotient, etc. under the sun in a mustang. Honestly, they're all different and I really think you have to find the one that is right for you individually. I've known so many different types of mustangs and sometimes they work out with the people that buy them and others don't. I'm glad you found one that works well for you. :)
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post #16 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 04:05 PM
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I had a half mustang half qh. He was super intelligent. Best feet ever. Smoothest gait. Wonderful learner. Great endurance. Cute. Easy keeper. Went English or western. Loved chasing cows. Bombproof! He wasn't the fastest horse lol but he was always ready to go. But dang he was stubborn! Very stubborn. But he was also proudcut. He would fight with my neighbors stud over a mare and it was getting dangerous so I had to put him in a different pasture. The neighbors eventually got rid of the stud tho. He was very stubborn but he was the horse I rode bareback everywhere, rode in parades, EVERYTHING. My parents sold him 2 yrs ago tho. :/
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post #17 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 04:19 PM
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I've had some really wonderful experiences with mustangs. I love them, and I look forward to adopting and starting one someday when I have the time/money/space for another horse. I've had the pleasure of experiencing one of those extreme bonds with a mustang, and I've witnessed a friend do it too with hers.

It sounds like you're doing a great job with your filly (love her first ride, btw!). I know mustangs have a bad rap sometimes, but honestly many breeds do. My totally sane and mild-mannered OTTB and I are trying to change OTTB perceptions one person at a time, for instance.
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post #18 of 47 Old 11-20-2012, 06:37 PM
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He is a GORGEOUS boy!!! Any Kiger? I can see it in his legs and head! Have fun starting him under saddle! He seems like he is a very respectable horse!
Good eye! He is a genuine Kiger from the Kiger Herd Management Area in Oregon.

The bond you can create with these guys really is amazing. Once you're in their circle of trust, they'll do just about anything for you. Just this morning Aurelio was getting his feet trimmed, which he's very good about now but he can still be a little timid around the farrier. He just put his nose right up against my arm while the farrier worked, taking comfort in my calm.
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post #19 of 47 Old 11-21-2012, 12:30 AM
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Eolith, Kigers are unique even among mustangs. I believe they are the antithesis of the image of a mustang in behaviour and socialibility. Some of the friendliest mustangs you'll meet once they know you aren't out to eat them. They do take a special kind of patience in early training at times. I don't know how plugged in to the kiger community you are but there are a bunch of quality people in your area who know a lot about working with them. Also Michelle Clarke at Rancho Bayou in texas is a really good place to check into also. I'm part owner in one of Steens Kiger's granddaughters and my partner owns the stallion Steens Kiger Bolero who is Donner's half brother. (Donner is the Kiger that "Spirit" is modeled after in the animated movie. Here is a picture of Bolero.
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post #20 of 47 Old 11-21-2012, 01:34 AM
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Thanks for the info old97fan! I'm actually pretty well involved in the Kiger community -- primarily via Facebook. I stay very up to date with the goings on in some of the Kiger groups there, as well as some of the mustang groups. I also "stalk" Rancho Bayo very closely; all of those horses are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing all of the photos that Michelle Clark shares. I have a ton of respect for Michelle Clark... some day when I have the money, the time, and the facilities I would absolutely love to own one of the horses that she breeds.
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