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    05-05-2012, 02:44 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Chessie    
The trainer I'm going to work with has lots of experience with Mustangs and has saddle trained many of them. I really like how she works with the horses and the results, so I feel good about having my horse with her until it is saddle trained and then has some extra miles on it. I'm welcome to come and help her when I can, and I'm looking forward to that process. Then when the horse comes to me, I won't be on my own either. I'll have a support to help me here too.

When I go to adopt, my list of priorities looks something like this.

Temperament
Conformation
Overall health
Age
Size
Gender, though I'm not quite sure which way I should fall on the gender divide.
Color

Anything else I should be looking for?
Curiosity the curious ones tend to be easier to train.
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    05-05-2012, 02:51 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by Chessie    
Hi everyone,

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?

Chessie
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. :)
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    05-05-2012, 03:44 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
Our neighbours had a few of those.

They were just large ponies.

They were awful looking.
I like short, and they're cute to me. Please, if you're not going to be helpful, just stay out of the conversation.
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    05-05-2012, 03:46 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by cmarie    
Curiosity the curious ones tend to be easier to train.
Steady, relatively calm, and curious were on my list of things to look for while I am watching them in the pen. Thanks!
     
    05-05-2012, 03:51 PM
  #15
Weanling
I'm going to an adoption event, but if I don't see a horse that I feel right about there that meets my criteria that I'm looking for, then I'm taking a road trip to a holding facility.
     
    05-05-2012, 03:55 PM
  #16
Foal
What were you looking for on age and height
     
    05-05-2012, 03:58 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'm looking for a 3-4 year old so the horse is old enough to handle saddle training during the time that he is with the trainer, and I'd like a horse 14 to 15 hands, leaning closer to 15 if I can, but I've got some wiggle room there. 16 is too tall for me. That's just higher up I have to lift the darn saddle.
     
    05-05-2012, 04:03 PM
  #18
Weanling
Chessie,

Good luck in your search! I've always loved mustangs but I don't feel I am an assertive enough horsewoman to own one just yet.

By the way, I am a fellow military spouse - maybe we should start a discussion (if there isn't one somewhere)? I find there are a lot of challenges that present themselves when owning horses and being a military family. Constant relocation, quarantine, finding boarding, on post MWR-run stables, transport, acclimating horses to new climates...shipping horses overseas! The list goes on...
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    05-05-2012, 04:04 PM
  #19
Yearling
I have never adopted a mustang from BLM, however I worked with a little stud colt that came out of New Mexico. He was the calmest, most willing little 2 year old I'd ever seen. My friend bought him from a lady for $50. His name was Moose and his head was HUGE for his body. Haha It was awkward and adorable.

I have heard that you should definitely visit a couple of days in a row at different times of the day. I was told to watch them at feeding time and during different situations to see their true temperaments. Good luck and bless you for giving one of these guys a loving home!



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    05-05-2012, 04:08 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by steedaunh32    
Chessie,

Good luck in your search! I've always loved mustangs but I don't feel I am an assertive enough horsewoman to own one just yet.

By the way, I am a fellow military spouse - maybe we should start a discussion (if there isn't one somewhere)? I find there are a lot of challenges that present themselves when owning horses and being a military family. Constant relocation, quarantine, finding boarding, on post MWR-run stables, transport, acclimating horses to new climates...shipping horses overseas! The list goes on...
That is very true.
     

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