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post #21 of 30 Old 10-22-2008, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I am starting to agree with you and they are all over the place out there so maybe I will just keep some feed out for them. Make friends with them and then we can all sit around and drink a couple of beers laughing at the thought of me going to the trouble of trying to contain them!
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post #22 of 30 Old 10-22-2008, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Here is another picture I have but it is not as good because it was a little windy. This mustang looked like he either got in a fight or something. That is his bone showing through. That was part of the reason I wanted to help them all. We may just put up a structure for the winter for them and put food out. I don't know.. big plans but got to build my own cabin first! LOL!
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post #23 of 30 Old 10-22-2008, 01:33 PM
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We may just put up a structure for the winter for them and put food out.
Please don't do that. They are "wild" animals and it is best to let nature take its course. They are plenty capable of surviving on their own.
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post #24 of 30 Old 10-22-2008, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info!
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post #25 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 01:26 PM
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If anyone is still interested in mustangs, there are places that you can get them for FREE. Our local vet gave us 9 mare mustangs, free of charge. They came with coggins tests, were wormed, and recieved shots. We just let them roam around the ranch. They are good, hardy horses. The vet said they had run wild for 10 years before she ended up with them. Vets and Shelters often give these horses away or ask for a small donation. You don't have to pay the expensive adoption fees if you don't have that kind of money. Just be patient and keep looking!
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post #26 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 02:02 PM
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Please don't do that. They are "wild" animals and it is best to let nature take its course. They are plenty capable of surviving on their own.
it wont hurt anything. Where do you think horses came from anyway? They werent all born in captivity! Besides, theyre going to be building a home on that land.
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post #27 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 02:27 PM
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First there is no difference between a mustang and any other horse other than several generations of inbreeding and starvation. You can find some that are reasonably good but most are garbage. You can know for sure if they are mustangs if you can see a freeze brand up by the mane. You will be much better off to buy a nice old broke horse and learn to ride then in ten years if you still want an inbred scrub horse then you can buy one. In case you can't tell I am not a fan of the feral horse program as run by the BLM. They waste over half thier budget housing these unwanted horses that are unadoptable.

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post #28 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 03:26 PM
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Wow okay don't know where to start so here goes. Kevinshorses has made a very great point and I would agree with him 100%. Most of the horses are a pain in the a** to farmers and ranchers. These loose horses get in with other heards and start breeding, this is not good for ranchers who make a living a breeding horses to a certain breed. They do a whole lot of damage and the BLM does alot that I don't agree with and there program is a bit screwed up. However with that said, it was my dream to have a mustang when I was little because of the movies, not a reason to get a horse!!! When I was old enough I had an oppurtunity to save one that some friends of mine had that couldn't afford the horse anymore. I got the horse and started re training and riding the horse. He did really well but he was alot of work, training horses are not generally for the inexperienced. Training a horse no matter what breed it is, is trying. He had so much energy that I didn't have the work for him to do on the farm and he got restless. I sent him down to a friend of mine who NEVER wanted a mustang and now its the best ranch working cow horse he has had in awhile for not being a cow horse. He is no match for the real thing though. I would again agree with Kevin that buy a great ready to go easy horse that you can ride. GOOD LUCK!
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post #29 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 10:33 PM
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I agree with kevin up to a point. However, my mustang that I regularly ride and use is one of the best using horses I have ever had. Sure, he can't stick with a cow like one bred for it but he has a bigger heart than any stock horse I have ever ridden. But they are generally ugly horses with a very high flight instinct, a wild one is certainly not for the beginner. They won't win any beauty contests but with good training, they make as good a horse as any other. However, finding a trainer that is willing and understanding enough to work with one is sometimes hard.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #30 of 30 Old 01-18-2010, 10:47 PM
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I've seen some mustangs that are very good horses and some that are even quite good looking but they are few and far between. Some on this forum like to bash backyard breeders but most of those horses are far and away better than the average mustang and backyard breeders don't get tax money to feed thier horses.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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