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    12-23-2011, 06:19 PM
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Weanling
BLM Mustang!

I Just adopted A BLM mustang! She is pretty new off the range, and is still at palomino valley (I pick her up in about two weeks). I picked her out because they said the mature mares usually don't get adopted. She is 3 years old, and technically a pony at 14 hh.

I have a couple questions. I would love to hear from anyone who has gentled a mustang. I would LOVE advice from anyone who has the time and inclination to share some.

I would also like to get opinions on what her color is. I cannot upload pics because it is not an option on my phone. I will do it as soon as I can, I am sure it would help ;) Anyhow, I know her base color is bay. Her whole body is covered in very crisp white dime-quarter sized white spots. The lines of her jaw are also white. I could not get close enough to see if she was mottled, and had appy eyes, but I suspect she is a snowflake Appaloosa. My only hesitation with that I have never seen one with clearly defined white blotches (like a reverse leopard), instead they look like they were dusted with snow (smaller white flecks). Has anyone seen a horse like this? I googled pictures but I could not find anything like her. Thanks in advance guys!
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    12-23-2011, 06:35 PM
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Showing
First off, congratulations!

Secondly, I've heard BLM Mustangs have more horse instincts than regular bred horses but I don't have any experience with them.

Thirdly, they might be bird catcher spots? https://www.google.com/search?q=bird...w=1366&bih=638

Have fun and good luck! I want to adopt a BLM one day :)
     
    12-23-2011, 07:02 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks! Yeah, that may be it. They do look a lot like that. Very neat looking though.
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    12-23-2011, 11:00 PM
  #4
Foal
I am SO jealous of you! I have always wanted to adopt a mustang from the BLM! Are you planning on competing with it (like the Extreme Mustang Makeover)?

I personally do not know of anyone who has gentled a BLM horse, but i'm pretty sure if you were to look up some mustang organization, and contact some trainers, they could have some great tips for you!

Good luck!
     
    12-30-2011, 01:29 PM
  #5
Foal
I have a BLM curly mustang - I bought him because he was a curly and not a mustang. I didn't 'gentle' him but he had a lot of trust issues when I got him - he still snorts at men. Anyway he's super loyal and great on the trail - he's very instinctive and good in a herd environment, overall he's a great all round horse. Good luck with your mustang!
     
    12-30-2011, 01:58 PM
  #6
Started
Congrats!

I adopted a yearling colt last October and have been working with him since... loving every minute of it too! I know of several mustang communities where you can ask questions and meet fellow mustang owners, trainers, admirers.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about owning or working with a mustang (or find someone who can answer the question if I'm not sure).

One awesome mustang trainer whose techniques might come in handy for you is Kitty Lauman. She's got a few videos on YouTube, as well as DVDs you can buy if you like her style.
     
    12-30-2011, 03:14 PM
  #7
Showing
Congrats on your new addition and I am going to anxiously await pictures.

I have trained 2 mustangs and the only suggestion I can offer is that if you've never gentled a horse before, it would be in the best interest of both you and your mare to get help from a reputable trainer. Mustangs tend to have a heightened fight/flight reflex and if you push even a bit too hard, they can and will turn on you. That's why I ended up with my first one, because he had terrorized the people who adopted him.

However, after they are gentled and begin to have a bit of trust in you, they are extremely loyal. Both of mine made really nice horses. The first one (the one who was really aggressive) is my heart horse and will be with me until the day that he dies. The other, I gave to the daughter of a good friend and then spend hours every day riding trails, towns, and just having fun.
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    12-30-2011, 04:06 PM
  #8
Foal
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Congrats on your new addition and I am going to anxiously await pictures.

I have trained 2 mustangs and the only suggestion I can offer is that if you've never gentled a horse before, it would be in the best interest of both you and your mare to get help from a reputable trainer. Mustangs tend to have a heightened fight/flight reflex and if you push even a bit too hard, they can and will turn on you. That's why I ended up with my first one, because he had terrorized the people who adopted him.

However, after they are gentled and begin to have a bit of trust in you, they are extremely loyal. Both of mine made really nice horses. The first one (the one who was really aggressive) is my heart horse and will be with me until the day that he dies. The other, I gave to the daughter of a good friend and then spend hours every day riding trails, towns, and just having fun.
Totally agree - after gaining my horse's trust he is now completely awesome. He 'joins up' really well and follows me round like a big dog - his senses are definitely more heightened than a regular horse and when we are on the trail he is the first to detect if there is a bear in the area. I find he has a lot of common sense and is always communicating with me using snorts...
     
    01-03-2012, 07:59 PM
  #9
Weanling
Here are some pictures of "Galaxy". She is still in the holding pens, They are slow due to the holidays.

**edit** my hubby uses a MAC and I don't know how to rotate the picture. Sorry :(
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    01-03-2012, 08:03 PM
  #10
Weanling
I heard that it can take 6 months or more for a mustang to be "gentled", so it seems to me that I aught to be the one to "socialize" her so to speak, and then send her to a trainer for "under saddle" stuff. I don't want to rush her, and I think it would be silly to send her to a trainer and sit around to get used to people. Maybe there is something that I don't understand about this?
     

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