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post #1 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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BLM Mustang Q's

So, over the weekend I had been looking at the online gallery of horses up for bid and I thought it was very cool! No, I did not adopt one as I am no where near advanced enough to gentle and train a mustang! However, I have a few q's about it.

How often are there online bidding auctions? And what times of the year?

Also, what happens to the unadopted horses? Do they go back to the wild or are they held at the holding tactility until the next auction?

Thanks! Also, I do not want this thread to turn into a wild horse debate.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-15-2012, 08:23 PM
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As I understand it the horses at the BLM have three strikes before going into the nexus. The online adoption is one strike (or chance to be adopted). There are a few online adoptions every year (its like every other month or so). If you like the idea of the mustangs but not the idea of training a raw horse. They have two facilities (a ranch and a prison) that will do the initial training. Its a little more expensive but an option.
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Subbing- I too would love to know more about how the whole BLM mustang thing works!
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As I understand it the horses at the BLM have three strikes before going into the nexus. The online adoption is one strike (or chance to be adopted). There are a few online adoptions every year (its like every other month or so). If you like the idea of the mustangs but not the idea of training a raw horse. They have two facilities (a ranch and a prison) that will do the initial training. Its a little more expensive but an option.
What's the nexus? And thanks for telling me about the other options, but it is also because we aren't financially able to own a horse now.

And to the person who asked about the mustang adoption thing, check out their website
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/index.php

It can be hard to find the adoption application, but basically all you need is a tall, approved wooden or pipe fence, a shelter, at least $125, an approved application, and photos of your place :)

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The nexus is a word I use to describe a place where its difficult to say where animals go. After the three adoption events mustangs are either put out on horse holding facilities for the remainder of their lives or they can end up in a bunch of other places including sold whole sale to some horse dealers. I call it the nexus or a nexus because its really difficult to track down just one of those horses. They don't have names just numbers. These dealers can do whatever the please with them. As I understand it and I may be wrong.
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There are some things you left out. Like you do not own the horse for the 1st year you have it and you are suppose to be inspected during that year to be sure you are caring for the horse.

There are more than 40,000 horses in holding pens - some beleive the total is over 50,000.

If you get a BLM horse, you must pick it up in a steel stock trailer and have very good fencing. There are requirements on the fence & shelter.

We have had several over the years and they are great - - if handled and trained correctly. The biggest item is gaining their trust - which can be a very long time. We had one that took 5 months.
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Older, unadopted horses can live out their lives on large ranches. The ranch owners are paid a monthly fee for each horse. Check out Pioneer Woman-she has a blog & her husband has a mustang herd in addition to his cattle operation. Very interesting.
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I'm not 100% sure of the process of adoption but if your interested in owning a mustang I would HIGHLY recommend checking out the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Wild horses are taken and given out to trainers for 90 days. When 90 days is up they host a show with various classes. You would be surprised what they can do in 90 days. The winner this year rode her horse around bareback and bridleless! After the show ALL the mustangs are up for auction!! I know a guy who picked up a very good one for a whopping $500. You would be lucky to find a decent trainer to gentle and break a mustang for $500.... It's rather insulting really. Lol. But then at least you know what your getting and they really are cheap. From what I was told I don't think any of them sold for more then $1500.
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Go to Mustangs 4 Us! I learned a lot, basically goes over every aspect of having and getting a mustang!:)
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I definitely recommend looking into the horses from the various mustang training programs. A girl at my barn did the teenager/yearling version of it this summer and by the end of the program she had her colt following her around like a puppy dog and doing all kinds of tricks. She even participated in a parade with him. She ended up deciding to keep him, but many of the ones who were sold (and were also very nicely gentled) went for the starting price of $125.
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