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post #1 of 8 Old 12-10-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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what is a mustang best used for

I have a mustang mare that I broke out myself she is turning 4 this spring and I want to start training for for something... what should I train her for, speed, western pleasure????
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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Pictures of her would help. Mustangs really can range in what they excel in there are so many different types that it really depends.
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Anything and everything =) she may not excell at everything you try but you won't find her strengths if you don't play aroind a little bit =D If she is willing to learn then what do you have to lose?

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Agreed, when it comes to Mustangs, their conformation and temperament are more telling to what they might excel in. Some of them are conformed for speed events, I've seen quite a few that would excel in dressage because they had very "warmblood" conformation.

Honestly, though, Mustangs fit into more of a "jack of all trades, master of none" category. Whatever you ask them to do, if you train it properly, they will give their whole heart and every ounce of try that they possess, but they simply aren't bred to excel at any one single discipline. They will never rival a QH for cutting or reining, they will never rival a warmblood for dressage, they will never rival a TB for jumping....at the higher levels. For lower levels and local showing, a Mustang can do well at just about anything.

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Posts some pics,, There is the Michigan shore to shore race/ride every year. 250 miles over 5 days. From Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.
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I have to say, in my experience, they are pretty unflappable trail horses! =D I'm also sure they would really EXCEL at western trail classes, it requires lots of intelligence and dexterity. A friend of mine has a mustang who is very cowy, jump and she can spin a little and has a little slide in her stop with no formal reining training. She is also pretty good at gaming!
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I was going to do speed with her, but she randomly freaks out sometimes for no reason and starts bucking and rearing, I've checked her tack thinking that she might be being pinched but she's not, and I don't want her having her attitude while running barrels that woundnt be good, she does best with walking and troting so I was going to enter her in WP classes and work on her running more before I do any speed, she just started to lope about 3 months ago
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