How to feed a yearling oregon mustang and more...
Hey everybody! I am teenager seeking to participate in the teens and oregon mustangs program next summer. To ensure I am fully prepared I am trying to understand and calculate the cost of keeping a horse like this for 3-4 months. First of all, what and how much of it should a horse like this be fed in general?
Any tips and advice as to the gentling of a wild mustang yearling?
Also anyone in portland, oregon area willing to help in the way of boarding?
I am fully aware of the challenges and risks of this activity. I have been thinking about it for two years now and I think it's time for me to jump in. My mom is fully supporting me. Thanks in advance guys!
First off, howdy and welcome to the forum :D.
I agree with the grass hay, though I would probably also throw some alfalfa in there just for the added protein. Whatever you feed them, you'll want it to be very fine stemmed and/or leafy. The coarser and thicker the stems are, the more likely they are to develop a hay belly, especially as a yearling.
One thing that does concern me though, how much training experience do you have? Does your mom have training experience? Will there be a trainer involved with this "program" that you can call on if you start having trouble?
Only reason I ask is that trying to train an unhandled horse isn't something to just jump into if you've never done it under the watchful eye of a trainer before. Unhandled horses, especially Mustangs, can get very aggressive if you push them even a little bit too hard and I would hate for you to get hurt.
Im sure that If I don't have help it will be porvided and there is no way I would just try this without some sort of guidance. A woman I know said that wild horses, even yearlings need to be treated/trained differently than your captive-born horse. Does anybody have any further explanation in this way? Does thier brain work differently? This just perplexed me a bit...
Here in Oz, brumbies generally have the reputation of being easy to train. I'm 100% positive it depends on the approach though.
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