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post #1 of 6 Old 11-08-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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BLM Mustang Critique

I have a habit of going through the BLM adoptions and picking out my favorites... Something about this 4 year old mare caught my eye. What do y'all think?


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post #2 of 6 Old 11-14-2013, 06:47 PM
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I don't know much about conformation critique, but I love mustangs and am adopting one soon. Normally, they are fairly well built for whatever you would like to do... I've heard a quote that if a mustang survives the first 6 months in the wild, then they will live until they die of old age. Usually severe conformational issues won't allow them to keep up with the herd and they are killed by predators :(
I could be wrong, though!
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I don't know much about conformation critique, but I love mustangs and am adopting one soon. Normally, they are fairly well built for whatever you would like to do... I've heard a quote that if a mustang survives the first 6 months in the wild, then they will live until they die of old age. Usually severe conformational issues won't allow them to keep up with the herd and they are killed by predators :(
I could be wrong, though!
Well there's always predators at any age, illness, starvation, weather, each other etc... Its no glamourous life everyone thinks it is when they think of the "wild and free" mustangs.

Idk, his pasterns look a bit upright in the front. His back may be a bit long. Not that I'm any expert, but he looks pretty average to me.
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Um... The horses WAY out number the predators in most of the HMA (with only a mountain lion really large enough to take down anything larger than a very young foal). They are more likely to break a leg stepping in a hole or get tangled up in fencing wire than to get eaten by a predator. There are insufficient predators to maintain healthy herd populations and this is why they have to do roundups (otherwise they would starve to death). I have photographed quite a few mustangs in the wild and also visited a couple of holding facilities and some of them appear to have very nice conformation and some of them have very poor conformation. I don't personally care for the mare posted (she is just not my style of horse) but if you just want a horse to have fun with I don't see anything to hinder her for trail use or around the farm. She has a fairly upright shoulder and pasterns, long back and loin and a neck that ties in fairly low. She does have nice angles to her hind leg, though I find her hip a bit short. She appears to have decent bone for her size. None of these faults are severe enough to cause major issues for general use most likely.

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Looks like the BLM we have at my barn. But he's almost 20 now.
I think Warrior may be smaller than this girl though, he's not even 15 hh
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She does look pretty upright in the front. Her withers are a touch high, not bad.

Her hind end is pretty good compared to most mustangs I've seen. Lots of hock angle, fairly rounded.

Back is slightly long. Super thick neck.

Overall, for just a general riding/trail horse she would be great. I don't see any glaring faults, though I'm no expert.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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