I have a 6 yr old mustang too, and she can be difficult to get her going as well. I think that certain mustangs have a deep rooted instinct toward conserving their energy and don't want to expend it if they aren't being eaten by something.
I have started training her in the round pen to pick up her cues for the different gaits. Since resting is her reward, I give her the verbal signal, and if she doesn't respond, wave the scary horse-eating plastic bag on a stick at her hip. Once she picks up the right gait, I immediately take pressure off and let her slow down again. She's picked up what signal means what gait quickly.
Next step is to teach her to maintain that gait as long as I say so, and then her reward is a good long "Stand"
It helps to have a flag that they respond to. Mustangs are smart and can be stubborn in a way that reminds me of the mentality of mules.
As far as conformation goes, His feet aren't squared up, so it is difficult to see his top line and legs well, but he is still adorable and a strong looking little horse. I stand by my assessment that he's going to be a dream horse on the trail.
Last edited by Chessie; 11-16-2013 at 08:06 PM.
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