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        06-25-2013, 07:07 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I'm hardly ever on my actual computer, which is the only way I can figure to add a photo. Usually on my cell phone, which isn't the best Internet browser.

    Ill probably wait until he gets fattened up and looks a little better, he's a tad bit pitiful right now from being with the BLM and his prior owners.

    He's going to come around though!

    Thinking about entering the Mustang Million actually.... May have to re-title this "Road to the Mustang Million." I'm going to do some more research on the MM, but I may be too late for this year.
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        06-25-2013, 07:25 PM
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    Started
    Since you mentioned it, I Love Clicker Training!
    If you're curious to learn more about the psychology and the ''hows and why's" it works check out this thread Clicker Training: Challenge Accepted
    There's some great tips on how to get started and the basic principles of the training style.

    The reason I recommend it so highly is because I use it myself on several horses, including a feral pony who sounds an awful lot like your mustang (this pony lived her first 15 years loose in a large field, never touched). She has come around a great deal, a 13 year old girl started her training (under guidance) and together they've come so far, unfortunately the pony is too little to ride, but they still have fun doing unmounted agility and other silly games :)
    I also use it for several other rescues and even just to fix little issues with well trained horses, like my Belgian who just couldn't stand still for mounting, no he waits patiently until I ask him to move.

    The biggest problem you'll ever find with Clicker Training has nothing to do with the training itself, it's all the crap you'll hear from other horse people. Don't let it dissuade you, the method is solid, just stick with it and prove them all wrong :) Only the CT thread you can also post your updates, we love to see how clicker trained horses are coming along!



    Good luck and enjoy your lovely new project :) I can't wait for pictures!
         
        06-25-2013, 09:14 PM
      #13
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MustangGirl    
    I'm hardly ever on my actual computer, which is the only way I can figure to add a photo. Usually on my cell phone, which isn't the best Internet browser.

    Ill probably wait until he gets fattened up and looks a little better, he's a tad bit pitiful right now from being with the BLM and his prior owners.

    He's going to come around though!

    Thinking about entering the Mustang Million actually.... May have to re-title this "Road to the Mustang Million." I'm going to do some more research on the MM, but I may be too late for this year.
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    Think again. As I understand it ONLY the horses purchased at the auctions specifically for the MM competition are eligible. If you know as much as you said you know earlier, you would probably know that, or you could ask one of your friends who may know. Plus, it is a bit late now.....the competition is in September and the auction was the first week of may, so they have all been training for weeks now.
         
        06-25-2013, 09:17 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    Think again. As I understand it ONLY the horses purchased at the auctions specifically for the MM competition are eligible. If you know as much as you said you know earlier, you would probably know that, or you could ask one of your friends who may know. Plus, it is a bit late now.....the competition is in September and the auction was the first week of may, so they have all been training for weeks now.
    That was a question I was going to ask.. Not sure how MM operates, but since I did adopt him through the BLM, he may be eligible. But maybe not. Who knows. I'm not worried about catching up to training... I wouldn't expect to win, just have fun and enjoy a little competition. I'm more familiar with EMM, so Im unaware of the differences in the MM.
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        06-25-2013, 09:23 PM
      #15
    Trained
    No, he is not. I am telling you that the horses for MM had to be purchased specifically at the MM auctions. Only way he would be is is he was purchased at one of those. EMM you are assigned a horse. You do not pick. I have friends doing both, which is the only reason I know. They have 2 for the EMM and one MM at the moment. (plus 7 client mustangs in for training).
         
        06-25-2013, 10:08 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Well, I can't help you with posting pictures from a phone, mine doesn't even have internet LOL.

    I've had 2 mustangs (neither were trained at all when I got them) and they both ended up being super nice horses. One of them is definitely my heart horse as he and I "go together like peas and carrots" LOL. He's a heck of a ranch/roping horse. Not a ton of speed or agility, but more heart than any other horse I've ever swung a leg over.

    Someday before he gets too old and needs to be retired (still a ways off, he's only 11), I plan to adopt another and I'm going to always try to keep at least one in my barn.

    Since you won't be eligible for the MM competition, for experience under his belt, you might want to just take him to some open shows in your area. Never know, you might take a blue ribbon .
         
        06-25-2013, 10:13 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    No, he is not. I am telling you that the horses for MM had to be purchased specifically at the MM auctions. Only way he would be is is he was purchased at one of those. EMM you are assigned a horse. You do not pick. I have friends doing both, which is the only reason I know. They have 2 for the EMM and one MM at the moment. (plus 7 client mustangs in for training).
    Ah, I gotcha. That makes sense. I knew EMM was assigned and all that, and I knew that MM was different and that any old regular joe could do it but wasn't sure exactly of the policy.

    Maybe I will just mock train for the MM and see how he stands up to other horses in the class.
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        06-25-2013, 10:14 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Well, I can't help you with posting pictures from a phone, mine doesn't even have internet LOL.

    I've had 2 mustangs (neither were trained at all when I got them) and they both ended up being super nice horses. One of them is definitely my heart horse as he and I "go together like peas and carrots" LOL. He's a heck of a ranch/roping horse. Not a ton of speed or agility, but more heart than any other horse I've ever swung a leg over.

    Someday before he gets too old and needs to be retired (still a ways off, he's only 11), I plan to adopt another and I'm going to always try to keep at least one in my barn.

    Since you won't be eligible for the MM competition, for experience under his belt, you might want to just take him to some open shows in your area. Never know, you might take a blue ribbon .
    I'm not much on blue ribbons, unless it's roping, sorting or team penning but figured something like the MM million would be a good challenge out of my comfort zone.

    I may take him to a few cow sessions later on...way down the road... Just to see how he does.

    Anyone know if mustangs can be a little cowy?
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        06-25-2013, 10:18 PM
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    Trained
    Like anything else. Some are more cowy than others.
         
        06-25-2013, 10:38 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    Like anything else. Some are more cowy than others.
    True. I figured they wouldn't be as cowy as a well bred AQHA work horse. While some of my ponies are more "cowy" than others, they all have some cow sense about them.
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