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post #1 of 4 Old 12-07-2013, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Just outta curiosity, what do you guys think of mustang? Don't know if this is going to work out, but I found someone willing to give me a mustang. Please don't turn this into a discussion about how much caring for a horse costs. Or that I'm not experienced enough or something. I just want to here your opinion. This mustang was wild at one point. He's been living with people for about 8-9 years. And has broken 6-7.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-07-2013, 01:42 AM
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Mustangs are fairly well like your average horse. As a general rule, they are noted to be hardy, level headed, adaptable animals. What will make or break any horse is training. If the horse has been with people that long, any issues it has probably has nothing to do with being a mustang. All the adopted (wild) mustangs I've come across where very good horses (challenging with handling initially). Mustangs that were born in a captive environment and raised/handled/trained correctly were just nice horses (horses that were born from pregnant wild mares, bred of wild stock).

And, of course, there is no such thing as a "free" horse :)
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-07-2013, 06:31 PM
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Mustangs in my opinion are great endurance, ranch and trail partners. They are extremely hardy and take well to simple care. Mostly they are easy keepers feed wise and don't need a lot of special feed like other breeds do. As for training they are very smart and often need a clear goal or purpose for their lessons. They tend to get bored if they don't like their jobs and are often called stubborn. But they just need more of a challenge. I myself have owned and love two mustangs in my life and intend to adopt in the future.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-07-2013, 06:48 PM
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The very best horse I've ever owned is a mustang. I bought him off his original adopters as an unhandled 3 year old stud and did all his training myself. This was almost 9 years ago.

While he was very challenging initially, he turned into a very nice horse. He never bucked or anything like that, but he did have some aggression issues due to how the adopters tried to handle him. They never actually touched him, but you don't have to touch a horse to teach it something LOL. We got that sorted out right quick . After that, his only real issue was extreme spookiness. Nothing out in the pasture spooked him, he didn't care about birds flushing from the brush or deer popping out of the woods or coyotes jumping out from between his front legs at a lope, but take him through town and let him see a kid on a bike or a boat on a trailer and you'd believe he thought the whole world was ending.

It took him quite a while to overcome that and while he's still a little spooky, it's never more than a big flinch anymore.

I trust this horse with my life and he's never done me wrong. I will always advocate the mustang breed to anyone with the knowledge to handle one properly.

Since the one you're looking at is already broke, then judge him the same way you would any other horse. If he's got a good mind and good training, then take him home. If he doesn't, then keep looking elsewhere.

I am concerned about this horse being "free" though. Generally speaking, even in this poor economy, a healthy horse with decent training is still worth money, regardless of breed. 9 times out of 10, a "free" horse comes with baggage; either his training leaves a lot to be desired and there are a lot of issues to work out or there is a health concern that would make caring for him expensive or difficult.

Even on a free horse, I really suggest having a trainer or experienced friend go with you to try them out...and get a PPE. Spend a couple hundred now and possibly save thousands of dollars in vet bills, hospital bills, or training bills...and lots of heartache.
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