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savethepitbulls67890 04-15-2008 11:09 PM

What can you tell me about Mustangs?
Traits, qualities, certain needs...that sort of stuff. And I don't mean mustangs that are wild, I'm thinking of domestic mustangs. There is a mustang for sale who is 14 and is supposed to be really well broke and what-not, and I'm wondering what some of the qualities of a domestic mustang are.


((Also, what does it mean when a mustang is a "government marked horse"?))

Dave 04-16-2008 02:23 AM

Well lets start last to first a goverment marked horse has a freeze brand on the left side of its neck . the brand will tell the goverment all the information on the horse like when it was captured when it was adopted out and by whom the horse was adopted . any and all information they may need to track the horses where abouts from the time it was first capitured . As for abilities the mustang can do most any rideing class from english western sport horse jumping ect they are very versital horses . They tend to be very loyal to there owners / riders very bold and very strong in body and mind years of liveing wild have taught the mustangs to survive the worst climate changes the worst grass lands they are strong of will and strong of mind but when they trust you they will give there life to protect you in certain horses and certain dangers the horse will go where others will not but that all comes down to there wild life style and then the training they get as domastic breed horses , i ride 2 different mustangs 1 is 15 and 1 12 and they both go and act as if they were 3 yrs old very strong have big hearts , sorry for being so long its just that the possiblitys for a mustang are so limitless as they can do it all at almost any age , most are easy keepers most never need shod well built legs and strong backs and hind quarters

savethepitbulls67890 04-16-2008 05:58 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the reply!! Sounds like they're great horses.

Are your two mustangs ever difficult to handle?

Dave 04-16-2008 07:46 PM

Not really my mare will test me a little bit after she has not been ridden in a while but nothing bad no bucking or rearing just stubborn not wanting to work but it is over and she is back to her best form in seconds

savethepitbulls67890 04-16-2008 08:35 PM

Very interesting!

What would you say about a 14 year old domestic-raised mustang for a pretty inexperienced rider? As long as she is properly trained/broke, there shouldn't be any problems, right?

free_sprtd 04-16-2008 08:55 PM

i got a 1 1/2 yr old domesticated gelding mustang and im a beginner. its a lot of work, but not any more work than any other youngster. I think at 14 as long as she's broke, you shouldnt have any problems. They are very loyal, and loving. you would be lucky to have a mustang ;)

savethepitbulls67890 04-16-2008 09:28 PM

Thanks free_sprtd. The horse in your avatar is beautiful, and actually looks quite similar to the one I'm considering!

As a beginner, HOW are you managing a 1 1/2 year old horse?! Do you have a more experienced horse-person helping?

free_sprtd 04-16-2008 10:59 PM

well, i listen to a lot of different ppls opinions about training stuff, and i have learned a lot through this process. i am very headstrong about making sure he doesnt grow up with bad habits, but yet i dont want to beat him, so i take in a little training from everyone. Thunder is 2 now, my avatar is me sitting on him for the first time April 1st (his 2nd birthday!). We arent planning on saddle breaking him with real training until late summer. even then it wont be a lot of work, because he is still young. he is so smart though. i went to a steve rother clinic and fell in love, that guy really knows what he's doing and can handle any horse. he specializes in training mustangs. i am starting out with a green horse, but for you, you get to do the other things like warm up, reminders on groundwork, saddle work, trail rides, ect. training is fun, but a lot of work. just remember that EVERYONE will have an opinion on how you should train your horse. EVERYONE will want to help you, but their ways arent always the right ways. That is the most important thing I have learned in this process.find one style of training, and try to stick close to that and then you can add whatever technique you want to it. I have a lot of books, the HF, and yes people at the barn have helped a little, but their opinions arent the best on how i should/want to train my horse. my sis in law got me started with horses and now IM OBSESSED lol.

savethepitbulls67890 04-16-2008 11:16 PM

That is awesome! I really admire you, you must be a very confident and determined woman to take on such a task! I know I could never handle raising a horse from birth (not yet anyways, hopefully I can one day!). Thanks for the tips about the training, in my few short months in being involved with horses, I have seen multiple people recommend multiple things, and at times it can be very confusing and frustrating. Yeah, I think that just reinforcing the current training will be enough work for me right now, as I don't have as much time as I would like to be out with the horse. :( I am so excited though, and can't wait to get a horse of my own to work with. Hopefully, things will work out with this mustang, as she seems to be a very good match for me.


free_sprtd 04-16-2008 11:20 PM

oh yes no problem!!! i didnt raise him from birht ive had him for 6 months. but he pretty much knew nothing. YOU ARE TOO SWEET!!! thank you very much ;)

i think that is a wise and smart decision to stick to what is already trained. as you learn more, you can decide what is right and wrong for your horse. :) good luck and we want pics !!

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