I am another Mustang lover. People are just weird sometimes. They'll look at a calm mustang yearling and think "ZOMG, it's a Mustang, it must
be wild and crazy and dangerous" but those are the same people who will go out and buy an unhandled stud with aggression issues *shrug*.
I've had 2, one of which I sold last year. Both of them made really nice horses, I just didn't bond with the one I sold. The one I kept, however, is my buddy and my heart horse. He was captured as a 2 year old and adopted by some friends of my Dad's. Only after they got him home, did they find out that 'stangs are actually wild
. So, they left him alone in an arena for a year and then called my Dad to see if he wanted him. We talked about it and I decided I wanted to give it a shot so $125 later, I ended up with a fugly, scrawny, blown-out, wild 3 year old stud in my trailer and was wondering what in the heck I'd gotten myself into.
Well, after he figured out that I wasn't going to kill him, he calmed right down and we went to work. Brought him home on a Thursday and was riding him through cattle on that next tuesday. He never even looked back and we've been best buds ever since. Originally, I thought I would put some training on him and then find a buyer but his huge personality and his stout heart won me over.
That's been almost 8 years now and he's still my go-to horse for anything. He'll do whatever I ask and give his whole heart. He's worked cattle and drug calves to the branding fire, carried the flag in the parade, packed beginners and kids (though I usually ride with them because he's very sensitive and not exactly beginner friendly), and anything else I wanted him to do at that particular moment. He'll drag cattle that outweigh him and never stop trying.
And, he feels the same way about cattle that I do LOL.
Anyway, I could brag on my boy for a year and never get tired of it LOL. Mustangs, IMHO, fit into the category of "Jack of all trades, master of none". Given the correct training, they will give their very best to do whatever you ask of them, but sometimes their ability is lacking. For example, my guy will do his very best to stay with a cow like a good cutting horse, but he's just not built for it and he gets beat sometimes because he's not as quick as a cutting bred horse is.