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post #31 of 35 Old 05-20-2013, 12:45 PM
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If you've never started one, I wouldn't go with an ungentled horse unless you've got the budget for a trainer every step of the way for the next few months until the horse is broke enough for you to ride out/handle on your own.

Even then, after they are "broke", they would still be classified as very green and problems do tend to arise with green horses, so you'd need to have a trainer available to help with whatever might come up.

The 2 I dealt with weren't difficult to break, but it could have gone very badly if I'd handled them even a little bit wrong.
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If you've never started one, I wouldn't go with an ungentled horse unless you've got the budget for a trainer every step of the way for the next few months until the horse is broke enough for you to ride out/handle on your own.

Even then, after they are "broke", they would still be classified as very green and problems do tend to arise with green horses, so you'd need to have a trainer available to help with whatever might come up.

The 2 I dealt with weren't difficult to break, but it could have gone very badly if I'd handled them even a little bit wrong.
Op-prime example of why I wouldn't touch an unbroke one with a 100 meter pole-you might want to check Emma's FB page today.......mare walking along nicely...then BOOM! Broke loose bucking. Emma held on a LONG time, but the mare eventually got her off. Not for me. Never-no way!

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post #33 of 35 Old 05-22-2013, 11:04 PM
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Plenty of other horses will buck you off. I'm free leasing a welsh cross and he took off bucking out of the blue the other day. I also had a buckskin (QH STB cross) and he was the most unpredictable horse I have ever met. You could never ever trust him not to throw a bucking fit, rear up, or spin out from under you... I was ran over by someone's arabian!

If you have a good trainer who is strong in natural horsemanship and good with building a solid foundation from the ground, you should not have any issues. People get into trouble when they try to cowboy a mustang and that horse turns out to be too much for them.

A mustang is not more likely to take off bucking than any other horse. As long as you take your time with training and build up trust first. If you can train a horse straight from the field that hasn't been handled, than you can handle a mustang.

With all the soundness problems in domestic horses now, a mustang is the way to go. They tend to be small, with good bone, and just seem to hold up well.
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post #34 of 35 Old 05-23-2013, 06:33 AM
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Then maybe you need to train one for the OP.

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post #35 of 35 Old 06-01-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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franknbeans - I did see that video of Emma. Terrifying! And so surprising that she didn't get hurt! Thank God.

I am kind of at a stand still with horses for right now. Hubby and I just found out that we have to move by the end of the summer and are potentially buying a place. Sad to say, a horse may have to wait!
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