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    05-08-2010, 09:23 PM
How much would you pay?

For a 4 year old unbroken mustang filly? Dun with dorsal stripe, zebra stripes, and tri-colored mane (black, blonde, and red/auburn) She's maybe 15 hands, possibly shorter. I can't imagine her getting any taller. If I remember correctly, she's out of a BLM mare, but since she was born after her mom was adopted, there's no record. Cute girl, great personality, loves attention and giving kisses, and a really nice mover. Decent conformation too. She'd make a great little trail horse, or pretty much any other western event you can think of! With some miles on her she'd also make a fabulous childs hunter pony.

Not mine, she's currently in ownership limbo at my barn. Pictures upon request if interested.
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    05-08-2010, 10:11 PM
I think around here you can pick up an unbroke three year old for 200 to 500 dollars. I've never looked closely at them, so I don't know how they would stack up against your barn's mustang. I also don't know how many of those horses ever actually sold for asking price or just ended up at auction instead.

BTW, how can you decide the mare would be a good child's horse without knowing her personality under saddle?
    05-08-2010, 10:35 PM
Her size, and we have been able to bareback her with a halter/reins in the round pen. No fuss, just went right along with everything. She did do a crow hop the first couple times, but it was really half hearted--once the girl was mounted she gave up, lol. She's just never had a bit in her mouth or a saddle on her back.
    05-10-2010, 05:55 AM
I know a guy in mo who gets them from the holding pens in ok, puts a little training on them, and sells them for $125. I personally wouldnt pay more than that. Also, I have heard depending on their blood lines most mustangs can/will grow until they are 7 years old. So just because she is small now does not mean she will stay that way.
    05-10-2010, 07:38 AM

I don't mean to be flippant, but considering the number of unbroken mustangs in rescues, the aybsssmal market for unbroken and even green broken horses right now, the real question is how much will the owner pay to have her taken off his/her hands?

The fact that she has decent ground manners is a plus, as is her color. Mostly what the means is that the owner *may* find a taker if her gives her away.

Sorry to sound harsh, but I think that's the reality of the situation.
    05-10-2010, 11:15 AM
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^^^ 100% agreed.
    05-10-2010, 11:23 AM
Another in agreement with Maura.

In this economy, for an unbroken horse with no known pedigree, the BO will be lucky to give her away. Forget about making any money, unless she's sold at auction.

Of course, if she sells for $75.00-$150.00 at auction, we all know where she's likely to end up.
    05-11-2010, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by maura    

The fact that she has decent ground manners is a plus, as is her color. Mostly what the means is that the owner *may* find a taker if her gives her away.
I completely agree....we had one man who offered her second owner (the BO is the 4th) upwards of 10k to sell her as breeding stock because she has primitive markings. Of course this is when she was rising two. The owner wanted to sell or at least make money off of selling her foals, but the BO knocked some sense in to him (actually more like told him you can find another place to board). Three weeks later he ditched her.

If I had the money to send her away to be broken, I would LOVE to keep her for myself, as would the rest of the residents at the barn. The problem is no $$!
    05-11-2010, 03:46 AM
She's not unbroken if you can maybe even walk around bareback, unbroken means not broken to ANYTHING not seen ANYTHING not done ANYTHING!!
    05-11-2010, 08:12 AM
Originally Posted by HorseRLife    
She's not unbroken if you can maybe even walk around bareback, unbroken means not broken to ANYTHING not seen ANYTHING not done ANYTHING!!
WRONG! A horse is unbroken if it has never had a saddle or bridle on and can't move at a walk, trot and canter with a rider in the saddle. That is the minimum requirement. Being gentle enough to be led around a pen with someone sitting on her back is fine but she is still unbroke.

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