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post #1 of 47 Old 08-07-2018, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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2019 PTH Spayed Futurity Mustang Fillies

Protect the Harvest has posted the spayed fillies for next years Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity! This page has pix and video. Liking the way some of thse look! Wish I had the time (and skill) to throw my hat in the ring and get one. I am really looking forward to see how the 1st crop of them from last year do in a few weeks. Some of the trainers have done an amazing job on their fillies.
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They do look like a nice group, don't they?
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You almost had me sold. I thought, maybe I should do this, why not gamble. Then I looked up what they sold for last year and though, well, it will be fun to watch. Lol

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They do look like a nice group, don't they?
I really like the looks of most of them for cowhorse. Although even the ones that aren't conformed for cowhorse are still pretty nice, just need to grow a bit. And regardless, after a year with the trainers, they will all be pretty nice horses.

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You almost had me sold. I thought, maybe I should do this, why not gamble. Then I looked up what they sold for last year and though, well, it will be fun to watch. Lol
ROFL, yea, my trainer was thinking of it last year, but then said, "Naw" when the bidding started getting up there. But for a chance at $25k these guys/gals were all in it, LOL. Depending on how the 1st group does at this year's show, I bet the bids will be just as high this year for this 2nd group.

But it IS fun to watch the progress and I'll be watching the webcast. Can't wait to see how their scores stack up to the Quarter Horses - they are in different classes, but you can be sure those judge's won't cut the mustangs any slack.
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I think that a chance at 25k is worth the 5k if you can afford to lose the 5. Sadly, I canít afford the gamble. I would do it for 1 I think (really I canít afford that loss either lol). I just think it would be super fun in any case!

Like you said though, it will be fun to watch. My dad once had a mustang that he said couldnít be beat in strickly a cutting aspect; he never told me how heíd do in his dry work. I think it was a horse who was missing his ears; they froze off as a colt. The horse ended up colicking and dying when my brother borrowed him for a trip sadly. Broken Top they called him. I only say this to point out that itís possible for one to be super catty. I know Iíve seen some do some pretty good reining patterns. It will be neat to see how they stack up.

Iíve been thinking that in a year or two Iíll buy a yearling when they gather. It will be nice to have something to stay sound and solid for general work. I think we overbreed a bit and create issues. My little girl has a fjord which we all love and think will do well enough for ranch work, but a mustang is a ton cheaper.
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^They're not all sound. A good friend of mine has a couple. They look like the should be sturdy and solid and are well-put-together with good bone, but no way either of these two mares would have survived on the range. Both need shoes year-round when his QH's and Arabs don't, and one eats more than his Belgian team combined.... he's spent more in vet and farrier care for his two mustangs than any of the others in recent years.
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Thatís crazy @SilverMaple . I never have seen one that wasnít sound. Thatís something definitely to think about.

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if you EVER get a mustang DO NOT GET ONE WITH SMALL EYES. we have a monster of a horse who looks like a bad cross between a belgan and TB. to no fault of his own he is neurotic and self destructive. he spooks at everything and even after 14 years acts like people are going to kill him... he was never born in the wild. NOW we do have another mustang (apache reservation horse) who looks like a qh but 14hh. she was a beefcake in her day and at 28 she still have a bigger butt then most the QH on the property. she was an amazing cow and speed horse.

mustangs are a mixed bag. if you get them when they where on the range they tend to bond with their people better and be more hardy because they HAVE survived everything the wild threw at them.

Here is a pic of both my stangs. (note roan is butt high but not THAT butt high. there is a slight hill she is standing on)
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@KigerQueen I wouldnít be interested in one that didnít come off of the range. I like that they are sure footed and intelligent, and I think that may have a lot to do with nurture rather than nature... plus maybe the weak are filtered out. Who knows?

I forget you can purchase holding pen born colts. I wonder, @SilverMaple were his horses born on the range?
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A bit off topic, but if you have Amazon Prime video, there's a good documentary available. I think it's called "Wild Horse Redemption" about the mustang training program through the Colorado department of corrections. I found it interesting, and one of the mustangs in the video is eventually given up on due to chronic lameness...well, and the fact that he was probably not the type to ever become a reliable horse.


If I did get a mustang in my current situation, I'd probably consider one from this program or something similar. Not only is it helping the horse, but also the inmates, and it looks like most of the mustangs do get a decent start and are initially selected for the program based on size and substance, something lacking in many of the horses removed from the range. I'd need to beef up my panel/fencing situation before I got one fresh off the range these days!
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