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post #1 of 19 Old 01-30-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on possible purchase...

I am planning to adopt a mustang soon from BLM's Internet adoption, and I am looking for some opinions on which horse would be best for me. I am not used to buying horses going by only pictures posted online (and not very good pictures either, imo). If there is anyone that has any advice or opinions they would be more than welcome.....
I am planning to get one of the mustangs that is already trained, or rather already started. That will be the main horse I ride (trail rides, and hopefully endurance if the horse works out for it like I think she will). I am also looking for one I can start and train myself....i have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 choices, and am having a hard time choosing between them.

The choice is between the 2yo bay mare (9550)
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/hors...mygalleryview=

And the yearling buckskin filly (9866).
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/hors...mygalleryview=

Eventually - 2-4 yrs down the line after the filly is trained and old enough to do endurance rides this would become my main horse and the other mare I adopt will be used for my kid(s) when they are more experienced riders. Right now they have a QH mare they are learning on. Age is not an issue, I am more than happy to wait for a horse to grow - I will have to wait till they hit 4-5 to start the endurance riding regardless. All input is welcome.
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-31-2013, 01:44 AM
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I am planning to adopt a mustang soon from BLM's Internet adoption, and I am looking for some opinions on which horse would be best for me. I am not used to buying horses going by only pictures posted online (and not very good pictures either, imo). If there is anyone that has any advice or opinions they would be more than welcome.....
I am planning to get one of the mustangs that is already trained, or rather already started. That will be the main horse I ride (trail rides, and hopefully endurance if the horse works out for it like I think she will). I am also looking for one I can start and train myself....i have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 choices, and am having a hard time choosing between them.

The choice is between the 2yo bay mare (9550)
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/hors...mygalleryview=

And the yearling buckskin filly (9866).
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/hors...mygalleryview=

Eventually - 2-4 yrs down the line after the filly is trained and old enough to do endurance rides this would become my main horse and the other mare I adopt will be used for my kid(s) when they are more experienced riders. Right now they have a QH mare they are learning on. Age is not an issue, I am more than happy to wait for a horse to grow - I will have to wait till they hit 4-5 to start the endurance riding regardless. All input is welcome.
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-31-2013, 06:34 AM
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To start with why not go to one of the Extreme Mustang Makeovers, watch the competition and buy one of those ad your "trained" mustang? They sell for reasonable amounts, and you get to watch how the horse reacts to a variety of circumstances over several days. In fact, I think the "Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover" (a higher level competition) is in the fall in TN.

You can easily google Extreme Mustang makeover for the location nearest you, but it is an excellent opportunity to get one that is "trained".

Do you have experience with mustangs? They are unique, and not just for everyone, IMO.

As far as either of the ones you posted-not what you are looking for if you want a "trained one, so not sure why you even posted these. Perhaps I misunderstood.....but unless you are a trainer, or have access to one who has trained mustangs-I would keep looking. JMHO.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-31-2013, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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There are several trained, or partially trained mustangs for sale, and their is one in particular I plan to buy. In addition, I want to purchase a younger one that I can train myself. Yes, this breed is not for everyone, I have worked with mustangs that have been adopted before - and I do have the knowledge/ability to train a horse. I would not consider myself a 'professional trainer', however.
At any rate, I am tryin to decide between these two......
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I personally really like that buckskin!
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I like the buckskin too, but it's hard to tell with them being so young. I don't like the neck on the bay, but at 2 she may be going through that awkward stage. I don't think either of these horse will be very big though.

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That buckskin looks like an absolute doll! He would be my choice.

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Looking through them I prefer this 2 yr old mare to the one you have listed. She looks put together nicer:

https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/hors...mygalleryview=

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Are you set on having 2 mares? Personally, I like the look of this gelding more than any of the mares. He seems to be built well and I really like his calm expression.

As for the buckskin filly, I had my eye on her too. She's from the same HMA as my Mustang and they have the same "look".
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How seriously are you planning to do endurance? Since you're looking to buy a horse that would be able to do endurance, I would recommend putting yourself in the best possible scenario for an endurance horse. Mustangs can be successful in endurance, but you never know. The bay mare seems taller and leaner, which is a major plus in endurance. However, either one of these might be terrible since you don't know how they move, metabolics, or desire to go over long distances. Not every horse is cut out to be an endurance horse, and you'd be taking a big risk if you were expecting any of these to be good at endurance.

In other words, you need to decide what's most important to you. If you want to be a serious endurance competitor, I would recommend looking at an older, broke horse that you can assess the things I listed above, especially the will and ability to travel long distances without wearing out or giving up.

And even though a horse can compete in LD's at 4 years old and endurance at 5 doesn't mean that he she should. You're going to need to break the horse and then get it trail ready and race ready without pushing her body and especially her legs too far too soon.
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