I have recently volunteered to help gentle mustangs for a local mustang alliance and have created a sort of video blog. This is the first horse I have worked with:
Orion: 3 yo. Appx.13 hh. Gelding from the El Rito herd. He has been in captivity since Nov.2012
Spookiness: Orion is surprisingly calm about many things, he has the potential to be "bombproof" someday given time, experience and tons of gentle training. He is currently residing in a pen 150ft. From a busy road, daily he is exposed to cars, trash trucks, motorcycles ect. He rarely even flicks and ear at anything. The only thing he seems to really be afraid of is human contact, but he is slowly conquering that fear.
Intelligence: Rarely have I ever come across a horse this smart and quick to figure out what you want from him(he knows what you want, but that doesn't mean he's ready to do it). There have even been a couple times I found that he has been training ME, it has been a long time since I've had one make me prove I've got brains as much as this guy has!
Heritage: His herd tests positive for Spanish Barb DNA, making Orion a TRUE MUSTANG. The El Rito herd also boasts a fair amount of Shetland Pony, and Clydesdale(?) DNA creating a horse with superior intellect!
If you have any questions about Orion, the NM mustangs, or my training methods, please feel free to ask!