I think it's great! I adopted two of them and they are smart and gorgeous and amazing. It is very difficult when you go to an adoption area as there are so many of them in each pen and some are just crazed with fear and the way the BLM people get them into chutes for loading them creates a very chaotic and terrifying atmosphere for the horses.
I think the whole thing (wild horse round ups etc.) is terrible and went to an adoption just to observe how the mustangs were being treated but adopted one out of pity and then got her the bay type she seemed to like in the pen with her. I am glad I did. Don't let anyone tell you they are pukes or ugly or whatever. Trust me, compared to my neighbors thoroughbreds and quarter-horse they are dancing, brilliant dream horses.
I was lucky and got to take them to my own property where I gently tamed them and let them learn to trust me and then got a certified trainer to come to my place and work with them. They learn so fast in the right hands it is incredible. They do not need a heavy hand, they are so bright and aware and sensitive and since they come to you without stall vices, or previous poor training etc. you can have high expectations.
My recommendation though would be to keep them with you so they will bond with you first. Even after they are gentled and halter trained etc. I still would not put them with other horses as their herd instinct is really strong. Mine come to me when I call them or just with a gesture even if they are in the farthest pasture. They follow me in a line, they stop when I stop, they are respectful, affectionate and sweet. They are curious. Interested in everything and fun as heck.
One is quite a bit taller than the other, she is a sorrel and so beautiful. The other is a stocky, shorter bay type and their personalities are very different. The bay gives into training quickly as she is "streetwise" and knows that to give in is to get it over with quicker. The sorrel is very sensitive and smart but runs from the trainer when she sees him. I have to be the one to halter her.
Anyway, good luck, be gentle and they are the best horses in the right circumstances.
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?