Anyone have experience with mustangs?
I am considering adopting/purchasing one of 3 options right now. I am in love with each of them for different reasons.
All are gentled, and one is saddle trained. The other two are not saddle trained, but I have worked a bit with them and they are so sweet and ready to be saddled.
Two of them are located at HorseTenders in NH. The owners seem very nice - I just did a clinic with them. Has anyone worked with them before, training wise?
A few general mustang questions as well -
If they are ridden a few times a week (trail riding only), do they need to be put on a grain diet as well? Right now, all these are only on grass and hay.
Are all hard to catch? I know two of the three can be difficult to catch, and one seems to be the exception.
How do they do as pleasure/trail horses? I heard they are very surefooted, which is what I am looking for.
Lots of questions.. Would love any feed back.
My BO rode her mustang across the country. She just purchased a Kiger Mustang last week to ride on the Pacific Crest Trail. She swears by them.
I personally don't have experience with them. But I would love to rescue a BLM mustang one day.
I sure do! I love my boy! Got him from BLM as a 5 year old, totally wild. It took me a while to gain his trust, but once I did, it was amazing! I did all the taming & training myself. He never once tried to buck, kick or bite, but I'm sure it's because I took my time with him. You definately have to have PATIENCE! That is the key., and to answer your questions, yes the make excellent trail horses, thats pretty much all i do. No they are not hard to catch, (once they are tame) & dangit! i forgot your other questions! But here is a couple pics. Attachment 174338
Oldhorselady.) The BLM had a silent auction in my town (Norco Ca.) Thats how I got him., & this is gonna sound crazy but I picked him out of prolly 35-40 horses all together in one corral. How I picked him you ask? Well, heres the crazy part., I saw his rearend & new he was the one I wanted! He was the best looking one of the bunch. So many people told me I should get a young one, but I just didnt see any I liked. He was the one for me & I've never regreated it! Nor would I trade him for all the papered horses in the world! Mustangs can do anything any papered horse can do, & then some! I'll tell ya, if I was stranded up in the mountains or the desert or anywhere for that matter, I would rather be on my boy than any other horse out there. So I say to anyone considering a mustang, GO FOR IT!
I've had 2 mustangs and they both made pretty great horses. The first one, I bought from the original adopter as a completely unhandled 3 year old stud (they adopted him before they realized that wild mustangs are actually wild LOL).
My Dad helped me put the first couple of days of training on him and I've done all his training since. He's one of the very best horses I've ever owned and I wouldn't trade Dobe for anything.
He's a heck of a cowhorse for not having a natural cow-savvy bone in his body
And he's got a heart the size of Texas. You put a rope on something and he'll either pull it or break tack trying.
The other that I got was 4 when I bought him from his adopter. She'd already sent him to one trainer who sent him back as "untrainable". So, when I got him, he wasn't even halter broke. Due to time constraints, I had to turn him out for a year and finally got around to pulling him in and getting him started when he was 5. He made a nice enough horse but I never clicked with him the way I did with Dobe, so, I re-homed Koda a while back. His new owner loves him to death and spoils him rotten (in a good way LOL).
This was one of his first rides at my house
And this is him with his new owner
Other than some serious spooking issues I had to work through, they were both relatively easy to break. Neither ever offered to buck.
A mustang is honestly the only other horse on my own list. Its standardbreds and a mustang. I just want that experience. I have met some wild ones but those have by and large been the representation of their owners (ie owner lost interest and horse never got manners). I have met some really sweet ones where its clear that the owner has taken time and patience. So, when I get a little spot of land a BLM horse will be sharing corral space with a standie or two.
Any ideas about feed? Do you have to supplement their diet with grain when they are being ridden regularly?
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