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post #1 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Angry I want a mustang

Is anybody else from a part of the world where Mustangs aren't only uncommon, they're non-existent? I'm jealous of all the people on this forum who have a chance to own one, somebody send one to BC.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 06:52 AM
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Why would you want one? Not saying they are bad horses, just curious why mustang.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 04:26 PM
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I used to feel like this. There is something about mustangs that is very beautiful (All horses are beautiful, I know that) I think it's the fact that when they're in their herd, they're untouched by human hands, and to be able to bring one on would be lovely. Nowadays I've realised that they're just any other feral horse breed. But over here we get boring, skittish ponies. But personally I've decided I prefer domestic horses to ride (and I think my horse is much more beautiful than a mustang... I'm very, very Bias of course), although, I'm still oresrtuck with the beauty if the wild horses, but I don't want to own one anymore. I owned a wild pony, straight from the forest, but it wasn't fair to take him away from his whole life in retrospect. Even now (I'm in touch with his owner) he is a very nervous pony, and I don't believe, no matter how much work someone does with him, he will ever have confidence in people.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 05:19 PM
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I love mustangs. That is partly because my very first horse was a mustang but also because they are so versatile. Also the fact that they are a part of old west and not in bred or tampered with for the most part is amazing to me. However well trained ones are difficult to find around here as beginner hores people get them thinking they can just get one and it will be just like any horse and then they leave them be becasue they are 'too wild'. But yes I do hope to get another mustang here in the future.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian View Post
Also the fact that they are a part of old west and not in bred or tampered with for the most part is amazing to me.
You've bought into the romanticized myth and not the actual history of the mustangs.

The feral horses of today, with very few exceptions, only date back to around the early part of the 20th century.

The mustang of today is a blend of old cavalry mounts, horses who were purposely bred by ranchers, and the odd domestic horse gone feral.

As late as the 1960s, ranchers were corralling herds and shooting the band stallions so they could let their own stallions breed with the feral mares. It was quite common back in the 1940s to do this, which is why you see so many types of feral horses, from draft to TB looking animals.

So your idea that they haven't been tampered with in any way isn't correct. They've been tampered with the whole time there have been feral horses in the wild.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-18-2011, 05:30 PM
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I didn't mean like indians and waaay back I just mean in general. Yes I am aware they are of domestic breeds however for the most part nowadays ,not considering when people release their own, they are bred and only the fittest survive. I know that there are still confo issues with each but less then the back yard breeders and multiple random mixes put out there right now.

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