Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I know where you're coming from Horseychick. My family took in a mustang mare recently because we didn't want to see her being shuffled around from place to place without getting any actual training. She was adopted from a BLM auction. The adopter did the basic gentling and halter training and kept her for about a year before trading her to a breeder. About a month later the breeder decided that the mare wasn't really what she was looking for and her training wasn't up to par, so she asked the original adopter to take her back. The original adopter had already taken in another few horses and had no place for her. At that point she was pretty much going to be given away to whoever wanted to take her (not always a good thing as we all know).
I had been around this mare from the time she was adopted and I knew she was an absolute sweetheart, very sensible, and extremely smart. Basically, her temperament is the stuff that the most amazing horses are made out of. I didn't want to see that potential go to waste, so I took her in. I fattened her up a bit, polished off her groundwork, and shipped her off to saddle training. It's already paying off big time. She went on her first trail ride recently. After just one month of training she was happily trucking along in front, in the back, in the middle, and side by side with other horses. She trotted with the group without losing her cool, and another horse bit her on the bum and she just scooted forward a few steps. She saw a bicyclist, cars, loose dogs, and pedestrians... none of which bothered her. Now as her second month wraps up, she'll be going to her first show and with any luck she'll continue to knock our socks off.
((Oops, I got a little off topic, getting so carried away with bragging on our new girl. Hehe))
Last edited by Eolith; 03-18-2013 at 10:03 PM.