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post #71 of 103 Old 12-14-2011, 09:50 PM
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I don't think the BLM ever turns them back out. I think they just hold onto them, which is why there was some giant brouhaha recently over the BLM wanting to slaughter them (which is currently illegal) and people freaking out. The BLM doesn't know what to do with the "third-strikers," or the ones who have failed to be adopted three times.

I must say, I really want my next horse to be a Mustang. I'd far prefer it be at least semi-halter broke first, though.
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post #72 of 103 Old 12-14-2011, 10:18 PM
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So, generally speaking (as all horses are individuals), hat are these horses temperaments like? They strike me as pretty intelligent and don't suffer fools.

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The only one I have semi-extensive experience with, was just like any other ol' mare. Broke and gentle, easy-going, barn sour.
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I don't think the BLM ever turns them back out. I think they just hold onto them, which is why there was some giant brouhaha recently over the BLM wanting to slaughter them (which is currently illegal) and people freaking out. The BLM doesn't know what to do with the "third-strikers," or the ones who have failed to be adopted three times.

I must say, I really want my next horse to be a Mustang. I'd far prefer it be at least semi-halter broke first, though.
You all I think are right...I haven't read up on this for a while...frankly, I got a little bored with it after it became such a big deal in the last couple of years. This thread has renewed my intrest a little though..I need to educate myself before I blurt out something..lol
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post #75 of 103 Old 12-14-2011, 10:33 PM
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The only reason I can think of that someone wouldn't like a mustang is that they require alot of knowledge,time, patience to train...but once done correctly make nice horses for many disciplines. Happy Trails
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So, generally speaking (as all horses are individuals), hat are these horses temperaments like? They strike me as pretty intelligent and don't suffer fools.
I found them not a whole different than starting a quarter horse. Good ones and bad ones....
They are stand offish at first but once they trust you they are great. One thing I will note, a lot of people like to approach a horse fromt he front, I don't recommend doing that with a Mustang, they will paw you in the head. Until he trusts you always go to the shoulder and he will reach around to greet you if he is receptive to you. This goes for most unbroke horses, but especially Mustangs. They will not hesitate to paw or kick you.
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I would love it if they would legalize the slaughter of 'stangs, that way they could cull the really crappy ones and let the good ones continue to breed and keep a manageable number loose on the range with roundups twice a year or so for pulls for adoption.

I, personally, love the breed and have every intention of always having at least one in my barn but I am not some fool hearted ninny that sees them as some majikal critter that embodies the spirit of the west. That's crap, they are feral grade horses, nothing more, nothing less. What I do like about them is the foot and bone they've got on them and the loyalty that they seem to have.

I've had 2 that I trained, one of which I just re-homed earlier this fall, and the other is going to be with me until the day he dies. He may not be perfect, but he's got a personality the likes of which I've never seen on another horse...ever, and a heart the size of Jupiter. He's tough and quirky and loyal and considering that, objectively, he's only worth about $500, I wouldn't sell him for all the money in the world.

Not a very flattering picture of him but it's the most recent I've got. We spent today slogging through deep-ass mud on slick ground and he kept his feet the entire time (which is quite a feat when you're sorting cattle like we were).



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Personally, I really like Mustangs. Something about you have no idea what that horse got to experience before he was rounded up..did he have a hear or was he a bachelor? Did he sire any colts? Maybe he saw mountain lions and survived a major storm? Just a kind of romantic thought. I've always wanted a mustang of my own.

I'm writing my senior paper over BLM mustangs...the thing is, mustangs will not just "take care" of their population. They will breed and breed until there is no food. Classic boom-and-bust cycle...
I live in Oklahoma, near one of the long-term holding facilities..The horses are out on thousands of acres of really great pasture, and are kept healthy until their dieing day.
The wild mustang and burro program is not the ONLY thing the BLM deals with, they keep the mustangs at a level to where they can balance all the needs of the land.
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Personally, I really like Mustangs. Something about you have no idea what that horse got to experience before he was rounded up..did he have a hear or was he a bachelor? Did he sire any colts? Maybe he saw mountain lions and survived a major storm? Just a kind of romantic thought. I've always wanted a mustang of my own.

I'm writing my senior paper over BLM mustangs...the thing is, mustangs will not just "take care" of their population. They will breed and breed until there is no food. Classic boom-and-bust cycle...
I live in Oklahoma, near one of the long-term holding facilities..The horses are out on thousands of acres of really great pasture, and are kept healthy until their dieing day.
The wild mustang and burro program is not the ONLY thing the BLM deals with, they keep the mustangs at a level to where they can balance all the needs of the land.
Just sayyyyin lol
Yes your right, they can double their herd size in just four years, they need to be culled and managed.
But unfortunately the government can barely make the Postal Service work with out going broke so I have little faith in their herd management. And the other option isn't very PC...
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