South Steens HMA Mustangs (long)

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    04-01-2014, 02:54 AM
South Steens HMA Mustangs (long)

When I purchased my gelding, Roux, last June his previous owner said he came from Washington or Oregon. Other than a few exaggerations on his training that is about the only info I had on his history.

I think that my horse is at least part if not full Mustang. He acts just like another mustang I had a few years back and his trot and lope are similar. He even is mildly gated, I say that because I can't get him to do it if I try, only when I am not expecting it.

So on my quest to find out where my guy came from and if he is a mustang I started to do some research. It doesn't really mater but curiosity got the best of me since he is an unusual horse and has some unusual characteristics.

I found the South Steens HMA Mustangs and I have to say they have a lot of horses that I think look like my boy. I have contacted them to see if they can locate him from a previous "gather" to get some info. The people who run this park take very detailed photos and history of every horse so it would be cool if they had a pic of him as baby or something. They thought it was very possible he was from their herd and told me that horses that are gathered have a freeze brand on their necks... unfortunately my horse is snow white where the brand should be and I can't see it past the winter woolies. I am hoping its there when he slicks out but a freeze brand on white isn't easy to see.

Genitally speaking I know he couldn't have come from just any heard. He has paint markings, blue eye and flaxen. I know there is more to genetics than color and I think many of the horses in this herd have similar confo to my guys as well. Especially the giant head and big butts.

I am going to post some pics of my horse and some of the Steens Mustangs to get opinions or to see if any one has had a horse from there!

Thanks for reading!

My horse Roux:

He is the one in front:

And one to show off his ORANGE mane-

South Steens Horses (ALL photo credits to them):

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    04-01-2014, 10:01 AM
If he was a mustang gathered off the range he would have a freeze brand on his neck . If he was born in a holding pen he would also have the freeze brand. That's not to say that he could not have been the foal of a mustang and been born after the mustang was adopted. In that case he would not necessarily have the freeze brand. I doubt you will get much help from the BLM if he doesn't have a brand.

Cute horse, by the way. :)
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    04-01-2014, 10:53 AM
Green Broke
I've owned 3 mustangs, ridden a few others, and met several others in person and watched them be worked with by others - each one was completely different from the others. Looked different, moved different, and had completely different temperaments and personalities.

Mustangs are literally mutts that are feral. I love them - I love their hardiness and wild nature, and while there are similar traits for a band within the same HMA, there really is no way to look at a horse and say "Yup, that is a mustang" for sure. The only way this would be possible is if it was a horse collected through the BLM and they would have put a brand on the neck with information encoded in it.

He might be a mustang cross, but your boy could just as easily be a Paint without papers.
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    04-01-2014, 11:40 AM
I am well aware of the brand as I stated in my post. The Steens people told me it was a freezebrand on the neck. Like I said his neck is white so if it is there it isn't showing up past the winter coat.

This particular organization keeps photos of every horse on the range not just the ones gathered and they have been extremely nice and helpful.
    04-01-2014, 11:43 AM
Green Broke
If the neck is white they will hold the brand on longer so that there will be no fur where the brand is and it will look more like a traditional hot brand.
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    04-01-2014, 02:44 PM
You could try to wet his neck where the brand should be, and if you see dark lines/ spots, clip him there, that should expose the brand, if there is one.

Off topic.... in which part of NM are you... we're moving up there end of this month
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    04-01-2014, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the tip I will try that. I am in central NM Rio Grande River Valley.
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    04-01-2014, 05:52 PM
We're moving NW, Four Corners
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    04-03-2014, 01:35 PM
New Mexico is great horse country. There is so many amazing places to ride.
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    04-03-2014, 02:10 PM
Yes, so I heard

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