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post #1 of 5 Old 09-19-2013, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I am torn!

I have a BLM mustang that I originally bought to train for the Mustang Millions competition but due to a family illness, I pulled out of the competition and I have been super lax on his training (mostly lots of groundwork and light saddle work).

As things are starting to go smoothly within the family, I am slowly getting back into working with him and have decided that I need to choose a path in his training so I can prep him for sale.

So, now I am completely torn as to where I want to take him. He'd be fine for trails and endurance, but he has an absolutely beautiful trot/extended trot and collects himself naturally; I think he might be a perfect Hunt Seat pony.

Originally, I was going to prep him as a Western horse and put tons of miles on the trail on him and maybe some basic reining moves, but he just has that natural English look to him (if that makes sense at all).

What makes this so hard for me is that marketing a BLM Mustang as an English pony is rather hard in my area and they are best suited for Western/Trail. I would just hate to see his talent wasted.

Perhaps prep for English flat work and enter in a couple local shows? I think this may be the first time I have ever been at a loss...

I am hoping that hearing thoughts from others will help me have a more clear line of thought and be a bit more decisive in choosing a direction to move with him.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-19-2013, 01:35 PM
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If you think he has the build and conformational aptitude for English, hunt seat, dressage, whatever...and you are confident in your ability to train him for it...I'd say go for it. Not every horse of one breed is the same or has the same abilities!
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The mustang I ride is the cutest little hunt seat and jumping pony! Such a shame that I can't ride English worth a darn!
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Aside from his "look", or even his gaits, find out what he enjoys doing!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-08-2013, 12:25 PM
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Katniss showed at Mustang Million, AND she is going to her first 3 day event in a few weeks. Katniss also won a first in a hunter class, with the judge telling me to keep training her as a hunter as she said she saw a bright future for her. Mustangs are good for anything, not just western! As long as they love what they do, it doesn't matter what breed of horse it is.
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