Originally Posted by Chessie
I'm preparing to adopt a BLM Mustang this summer and I'm both excited and nervous. The plan is to have the horse with a trainer that I like and trust for a full year, while I continue to master my skills and prepare myself for taking over.
There's a part of me that has that "What are you doing? This is wild horse we're talking about!" nervousness though.
For the record. The reason I want a Mustang to begin with is because as a military wife, I know what it is like to have to live at the whim of the government. Whether what the BLM is doing is right or wrong, there are horses now that need dedicated owners and good homes, and I have a home to provide and the willingness to be a dedicated owner. I fully acknowledge, I'm probably going to spend thousands of dollars training my "cheap" horse, and that doesn't phase me at all. I'm also not hung up on the "I will tame the wild creature with my love and it will be magic and sparkles." I used to rehab injured birds of prey. I have a healthy respect for what "wild" means.
I've been thinking and researching this for months now. I feel in my heart it's the right way to go.
Wish me luck!
And any advice?
Obviously you seem to have your priorities straight. Although I didn't adopt my BLM Mustang directly from the source, his breed and past owners have presented me with challenges also.
They are all so different but I have found that calm and quiet always seems to work best with mine. I have just started again at square one with a trainer even though my gelding is a 10 year old. He has huge trust issues. I have found him to be super sensitive to body language....no fooling him. And he seems to have a HUGE affinity to self preservation. :)
But I can tell you that it is so rewarding to see how quickly they can learn when the right kind of training methods are used. With just 2 weeks with my new trainer, I can see so much progress.
I wish you all the best and joy that comes from seeing them turn into what you know they can become.
BTW....they aren't all rangy and thin...although he looked that way 4 months ago. I ended up having a large boned boy with a great neck that can spin on a dime. He's only about 14.2 but has a kindness that is amazing.
I can't wait to see what you chose. Sounds like you have chosen a good trainer...as Mustangs seem to be wired a bit differently. :) Posted via Mobile Device