SR IS correct in. And not all magazines and reports and books are correct. They are no longer any True wild horses left. Just Feral(undomesticated) horses. Wouldn't it be awesome to find like an Arabian mustang!? Or at least half Arabian. Since they are mixed and such.
And on topic. Mustangs are great family horses once they are officially broke. And once you gain a mustang's trust you'll have a GREAT bond between you 2. As that horse has never been in contact with other people. So they'll trust you more then anyone else. And it makes for a great team and bond I think. And they really are gentle creatures at heart.
I own a half mustang, I love him to death, he's the sweetest horse i've ever met. He tries so hard to please and is more like a dog than a horse really. Under saddle he's not great, has some hip issues which make him fairly uncomfortable to ride and for him to be ridden. Plus he's the hardest horse to keep weight off, he's a tubby boy. He gets very excited very quickly and is incredibly spooky for some reason. I wouldn't change him for the world.
The only experience i've had with a blm mustang is with my horses mother. I believe she was a few months old when she was adopted. I rode her when she was 10 and she was a great little horse. Brilliant on the trail, never once spooked when I rode her, having said that I wasn't around for her training and i've heard from people who knew her before she was trained that she was crazy. She broke someones collar bone and fractured someone else's hip. I can't really comment on that behaviour as I never saw it. I wish when i'd bought my boy that they'd let me have sally too, loved that horse.
My mare Dixie is a Mustang. She is more Spanish typed, she is amazing, intense, super smart (probably smarter than me), she learns FAST, intensely watches body language, has a huge personality, is big on eye contact, and will give people a hard time if they don't "Ask" first. That could be a mare thing though. I would describe her personality as "average horse horse on steroids". She's like one of those "life of the party" people that you just know when they walk into a room. I've met several Mustangs and they are different.
I would say they are for advanced horse people and work better for people willing to be more horse-like. If you come at them expecting them to bend to your will, you would be frustrated with them. I have a friend who has a son with asperger's syndrome. When he is around her the 2 of them connect intensely. She will focus on him as if he is the only thing in the world to her and he will stand there, laugh and talk to her. That's pretty cool.
Like the others, she will react bigger than a people breed horse but she's smart about it too. She wont run away when she spooks but when she does it's a bigger feel when a person is in saddle or on the ground. I get the tingly finger tips harder when she spooks than when my other mares spook. She is definitely more in tune to weather and gets more pent up before a lightening strike, then will calm immediately after it hits.
In all if you are in tune with the environment, horses in general and like the challenge of being taught a thing or two about yourself then they are a good fit. I would say that a person who is interested in owning one should spend some time with a few different ones before they jump in though because they are really different than a person breed horse and do take some getting used to. They really are very loyal, and would do anything for a person that they connect with.
"In all if you are in tune with the environment, horses in general and like the challenge of being taught a thing or two about yourself then they are a good fit. I would say that a person who is interested in owning one should spend some time with a few different ones before they jump in though because they are really different than a person breed horse and do take some getting used to. They really are very loyal, and would do anything for a person that they connect with."
That is so very true! I did a four month lease before I bought my BLM mustang.
I take care of a mustang at the ranch I work at, and I love her! She's really good with people, and has tons of personality. Other horses on the other hand... haha well she always wants to mate with them.... :p but she is really great to work with. She's very in tune with body language, and if you know horse language fairly well, she's easy. A lot of mustangs are like that, though, i've heard. She's a doll to lunge, you don't need any equipment, just her and you. Riding her is good too, just don't be pushy AT ALL. She has weird quirks, though. Like when she gets nervous or scared she does a little tap dance and moves her feet repeatedly and puts her head down. Its kinda funny haha.
What I find interesting is that she never ever spooks, which I don't hear a lot of with mustangs. If I walk up to something new like its no big deal and have her stand next to it, she'll do her dance, then finally stop, and ever do it again. So she'll do her dance every once in a while, but never an actual spook.
Justinebee, I have seen that dance with my mare too! Weird, I didn't know what to call it. It's kind of like "spooking" in place. She also does the typical spook though. Her movement is a little different than people breed horses, she jumps back and to the side a bit to get a good bifocal view of the scary thing but quiet too.
My big Quarter mare will jump so that she is facing the scary thing with her front legs spread while she is snorting. Not quite the same as the Mustang mare.
My horse was born in captivity, but she is full mustang. She is a very gentle and quiet/independent horse. Though she can be reactive when something spooks her. I did not initially train her, So I don't know how well she did to start. But I trained her to drive and she took to it like a duck to water. Also, When I'm trying new things with her, she Really tries to "get" it.
I think my mustang is definitely a one person horse though. It took me a Long time to build a bond with her, but now.. I am the ONLY person she will "come" to. However,.. once you have/catch her, anyone can do anything with her. She has perfect ground manners.
She is tough as nails! Barefoot. Never 'complains.'
She likes to be with Any horse that is nice. (no pushy/mouthy horses)
But, she is Not herd bound!
She is independent.
I would never trust her to be a kid/beginner horse though. Like someone else said; 'not because she is not well trained or very broke, but because she can be reactive and quick to respond.'
She has Never bucked or rared or intentionally tried to lose a rider.. but if she spooks, she might take off. If you're not ready for it, then you might fall off. But that's your fault! ;) She'll always take care of you, If you can hang on. =)
There are times she frustrates me. But I look at so many other horses and then look at what my mustang has done for me, and I know I wouldn't trade her for a million dollar horse.