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post #11 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 02:11 PM
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He looks quite pigeon toed through his front legs (my horse is too) and appears to be slightly camped under through his hind legs. Not great pictures for critiquing.
The main thing that sticks out to me is how sweet his expression is. His presence reminds me a lot of my personal horse (who is a great all-arounder: team penning, sorting, driving, local shows-huntseat, and is an excellent trail horse). A horse's conformation only gets you so far... his heart gets you the rest of the way. If he makes it through a pre-purchase exam, I see no reason why you shouldn't get him. We'll expect updates of course :)
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post #12 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 02:28 PM
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He's a nice size for a cart horse as well. That's what I'd be doing.
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post #13 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 02:32 PM
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All I can tell you is he is adorable. I would live to see that face peaking out from a stall at me every morning. He looks so calm and mellow.
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post #14 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 02:56 PM
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He is cute, and has good sturdy legs, and a nice build. Unless something strikes you as really off, I bet he'd be a great trail horse.
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post #15 of 22 Old 11-15-2013, 03:19 PM
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I like him! I don't know what it is, but this looks like a kind, honest horse to me. He is one I would bring home.

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.
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post #16 of 22 Old 11-16-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some of the pictures my friend took today of this sweet boy. Still not the best conformation pictures, but we were working in an indoor and trying to fight light so it wasn't too shadowy:





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He went really well today until my friend asked him to canter on the lunge. He cantered fine on the lunge in the round pen, but once we took him out to canter in the ring, he seemed actually a bit stubborn and was pulling quite a bit. Not sure if it has anything to do with his feet?

Then the rescue owner said that the trainer has been riding him more, and he can be a bit stubborn when being ridden as well. He is green, and his feet need attention that's for sure. He NEVER bolts, or takes off, and NEVER EVER spooks, and it super desensitized, but also to the point of not caring if you get after him? They said sometimes he will park out and the trainer will have to turn him in circles to get him going again.

Can this kind of stubborn behavior be worked on? Or is it "once stubborn always stubborn"? He is a mustang, and is 6 years old, and still green. I have worked with my fair share of green horses, and I am not intimidated by him. The rescue owner says that he seems to really respond to me and enjoy working with me. (He hasn't been stubborn with me).

Also a side note, the trainer rides him in a bitless bridle and bareback. Don't know if that means anything.

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post #17 of 22 Old 11-16-2013, 06:28 PM
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I would put a good portion of his stubbornness down to being green and sometimes misunderstanding the cues so then he'll stop to regroup (better that than bolting off in a snit); another portion maybe that he's out of shape and the exercises (especially at the canter) are somewhat difficult for him until he gets some conditioning time in; another portion could be just a really laid back attitude about things and perhaps one of those horses who doesn't see the point in endless arena work but who prefers a more practical application of his talents (in other words - doing his job on the trail). It is promising that the two of you have been working well together so far.
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post #18 of 22 Old 11-16-2013, 07:04 PM
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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.
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post #19 of 22 Old 11-16-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Chessie thank you so much for the encouragement! I have been reading up a bit on the differences in training with mustangs, and it's nice to hear from someone's personal experience. I have read that they can be more intellectual and can get bored easily as well, which may come across as stubborn?

He really is a sweet guy.
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post #20 of 22 Old 11-17-2013, 10:52 AM
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There are several mustang owners on the forum. If you ever want training advice or have questions or comments about personality, just start a thread in either the breeds or training section with "Mustangs" in the title and we all come out of the woodwork.
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