Hi again the 14 yr mustang should be a great horse if it was trained well then you have the chance to ride the best horse in history . I own and ride severl different breeds and the mustang is my pick , But I also have QT TWH and some half breeds and feel in love with a saddlebred , that was 14 and he was an all around perfect horse but I lost him a few weeks ago , But will have another one or 3 to just ride drive and feel good about but a good mustang is as good as any horse of any other breed , I love them all even if I don't own them I still love them
Another thing you need to know about the mustangs , and I will be the first to tell you the bad news about haveing a mustang , Which is you can not truely cannot have 1 they are addictive once you have and ride 1 then you need to have 2 or more . I just got another wild one today have to go pick him up next week
When growing up in Wyoming, I watched the horses out on the Red Desert, I would sit and sketch for hours and just watch them interact. When in High School I went to the round-up with my neighbor who was in charge of it for BLM. One thing I always mention is remember...it is called a WILD HORSE round up. That is because most of them are not TRUE mustangs but rather feral horses who are decendants for mustangs crossed with ranch horses. There are some areas that will still have the blood but most do not...if someone tries to sell you a "mustang" you ask for DNA proof, otherwise you are getting a wild/feral horse. Please do not get me wrong....I love both! The mustang has certain characteristics, the smaller size, the leg barring, the colors and so on. The wild horse is often more romantic for me personally, they are the decendants of mustangs who stole ranch horses, be it riding stock or draft stock, the strong desire to survive was there. If you want to read the story that hooked me on them, google BLM and look for the story of Desert Dust. I personally look for the BLM horse with the larger draft looking head, feet and so on.....afterall the wild horse was my first love.... he was sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail, big feet with feathers, his name was SunDance!
BLM mustangs are feral crossbreeds of draft, thoroughbred, and other ancestry. Some have Spanish ancestry, but most have little to none. They've survived the elements and are hardy and come in all shapes sizes and forms. You can get one for just about anything, drafty, light, or in between.
Kiger mustangs are a strain of BLM horse seperated because they had Spanish traits, domesticated ones are becoming more of a designer breed, growing up to 16hh, still nice, but NOT mustangs, in my opinion. The wild ones are still pretty much unmessed with.
The Sulphur, Cerbat, and some of the Pryor Mountain BLM horses are unchanged spanish horses some of the Sulphur horses can be registered with the Spanish Mustang Registry.
Then, there's the original, I'm prejudice, because I have one of these. 12.5-15hh, can run 100 miles in a day and do it again come morning. Can work all day without being shod, survive on grass where other horses starve and don't need grain. They are renowned for their endurance. And they're just gorgeous.