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. :)
Yes, even though we call mustangs a breed, they actually are a very diverse population of horses with many different body types and temperaments. I think that even though most breeds have different "types" within them, mustangs are even less able to be generalized than other breeds.
At my barn a few people have had mustangs. We had one that was mostly draft; big, slow and easygoing. We had another that was very Spanish and was tiny and compact. She was grulla and her temperament was not easygoing but very bold. When she saw the ocean for the first time it bored her. Then we had one that was very fine-boned and looked almost like a saddlebred. She was very skittish and spooky.
Along with those were a couple of stock type looking horses that could have been quarter horses if you didn't know better. They were not spooky and pretty mellow. Their training was quick and easy.
Yup - all kinds. A friend of mine has one that we joke was lucky for him he was born in the pens at palomino valley because he's too dumb (this horse has NO sense of self preservation) to have made it in the wild. Cute horse though. :P
I love mustangs. I'm planning on adopting one in the future, but for now I have 3 and i'm strapped. I've wanted a mustang since I was a kid, I was introduced to an old gelding named Bo, the people who had him bought him at an auction for $30. He was in horrible shape and didn't care for people at all. He lived to be 30 something. He was amazing, and still so wild. Even my husband wants to adopt one. I can't wait for the day we get to!!!
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.
Eolith, I kind of wondered if you were already "home" in the Kiger community. Just making sure. You have a lot of neat people in your area. I'm in the midwest and there is harely anyone left in this area that is into Kigers.
Gottatrot. You are mostly correct about the variation in Mustangs. However, Kigers are actually a specific breed within the mustang community with a fairly consistent characteristic requirements and a no negotiation requirement of where they and their lineage came from geographicly. They are genetically a mostly Spanish horse that hasn't been crossbreed like many of the other mustangs. When they got loose in the wild up in Oregon they stayed isolated from pretty much any other breed and have pretty much never come in breeding contact with other breeds. There are a couple of registers of which most are fairly rigid in what they allow in. Specific traits are required and mostly agreed on in the breed with the one exception being some disagreement over what colors a "Kiger" can be.
Right, there are different types of mustangs within the name itself really. Nokotas, though not called mustangs, essentially really are, and kigers are very very distinct and generally all look alike. Now, I've heard that in general mustangs mature slower than most horses, therefore really shouldn't be started under saddle until they're 4....
And, here's a Nokota: june 28 127.jpg
Interesting horse. I don't know much about the Nokotas. Arent they a cross of Indian ponies (typically smaller Spanish blood) and Canadian horses, which made them a little larger?
My suspicion is that it is a good idea to let the more purebred mustang have a little more time to mature. It may be because of their warm blood roots. I've noticed that a lot of warmblood breeds tend to mature mental and physically a little slower. Not to say they aren't smart, they seem to be wicked smart. Just need a little more time to mature the emotional side.
My father and I adopted two mustangs from the BLM. They were both from the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. I had adopted them from Ithica, NY back in 1998.
The mare was 4yrs old and the stallion that we had gelded was 5 years old.
I let them free in the indoor and just watched them both & then had them in training a week after they came home.
Spent a few great years with them and learned alot from them both.
I believe it doesn't matter what age you start a Mustang. They're a clean slate. Its all gaining a trust and bond between them and you have a best friend for life regardless of their age. They're full of so much knowledge to just take with you.
The gentleman that brought us to the auction purchased a 9 year old jenny and a 2 year old jack. The 9 year old was easier to train for him than that 2 year old colt. But then my 5 year old stallion was a snap compared to my mare?
It all depends on the horse.
My father sold his gelding to the trainer to use for cow roping and penning. Dad wanted a trail horse, He was all power and to much for my father to handle.
My mare had a bad injury from the wild. We found bone chips from xray's in her withers about 2 years after we attempted EVERYTHING and everyone to have her broke to ride She would take about 2 steps in and you would be 10ft in the air, every ride.
She now lives her life out on 113 acres of pasture at a friends farm back with a herd she can call home.