Is 5 years old TOO old for training a mustang? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is 5 years old TOO old for training a mustang?

I have a mustang mare I got at an auction three years ago (auction..I know....always the best place to get a horse ). She was about 2 then. Supposedly she'd been saddled and ridden a handful of times. She was born to a BLM mare, but my horse was born in captivity, in a boarding stable.
She acts pretty much like a large dog. She has "moods" where you know not to mess with her though.
The first year I had her I got a saddle and bridle on her a few times..But I was too chicken to get on.
Now she's about five years old, and a friend of a friend of a friend is coming to pick her up tomorrow and take her away from training.
But someone last week who supposedly "knows horses" told me, "oh five is pretty much too late to fully train a mustang. Theyre too set in their ways that point. Even if you do get her trained, she'll turn on you faster than any other horse would." I was kind of freaked out.
IS THAT TRUE? OR CAN YOU STILL FULLY TRAIN A HORSE THAT'S 5? She's gonna be gone a few months...
Mostly, Im just a chicken, 19 year old college student, who figures while I still live at home it would be nice to have a horse I can actually ride and have fun with. Maybe even take out to an arena someday and learn to barrel race like the gymkana kids do.
Is it too late to have my horse be like that?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 09:01 PM
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Its never to late to train a horse. It may make it harder the older they are, but its NEVER to late.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 09:06 PM
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5 isn't too old to start a horse. at work we handle them as foals and teach them to be caught and lead up once weaned then leave them out bush for 3 or 4 years. then they usually get broken is as 4 year olds. its not too old. if she has had the ground work then she will be fine. the first thing she needs though is to trust you on the ground then you can move on.
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Wow, whoever told you that 5 was too late, never saw the horses I've seen at 10 or even 14, with little to no handling, become excellent horses! Horses are always thinking and learning, if you teach them and think like them, no matter what the age, they will respond in time. Great horses we consider our best friends would never give up on us, we should never give up on them.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 09:47 PM
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I think 5 is the PERFECT time to train a young horse. They're past the terribe 2's. They've had time to fully grow and adapt to their environment. If shes been handled, it should be a good time to start.

This too old to train stuff is a bunch of crap. We had a gelding a few years back who was 16 years old and unbroken when he came to the rescue. It took him a while to grasp the concept, but he got it. He still rides to this day!
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 09:50 PM
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I agree, it's definitely not too late. Besides, pretty much every horse I know is still being trained to do something new every day of it's life..reining horses, dressage horses....they don't learn all the top level stuff in just a few years...they are always learning.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 10:40 PM
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horses learn new things every single day. & many breeds can continue to grow until around the age of five, if anything it's good to start her at that age. it is a little bit late to be starting, but it won't stop her from becoming a great horse. ALSOOO - i have a mustang from an auction and can i just say he's been the greatest horse i've ever had. he's only 13.2hh and he's jumped 4' for me. he had a late start as well. :) he's the bay in my profile picture. so don't let that auction "reputation" fool you. good luck with her !

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 10:49 PM
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Not even close to too old, even on a mustang. I got this boy when he was 4 and though he had been handled a bit so he wasn't scared of humans, he had not been taught to lead, had a saddle on or anything. Due to time constraints, we turned him out for a year and I finally decided to get his training started the fall of his 5 year old year. Within about an hour of bringing him out of the pasture, I was trotting circles on him in the roundpen, he's never offered to buck, and picks things up almost as fast as I can show him.
(please forgive the old pictures but I think this was like his 2nd or 3rd ride)

And this is the most current pic I have of him under saddle. I've not really ridden him in about a year. Too many others to ride LOL.
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