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post #11 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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That's what I'm thinking. Pasture ornaments that will likely not have regular access to a vet or farrier on a small amount of land. C'est la vie, right?
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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The poor mustangs would be better off taking their chances back in the wild. Unfortunately, a lot of horses live with the same fate. People get them because they are "cheap" and then have no clue what to do next.

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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I would rather she get a couple of domestically bred and raised horses than 2 mustangs out of the wilderness. Ugh. It just raises my blood pressure.
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 06:46 PM
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Wowza. Just wow.... Talk about how to screw up two horses before their training even begins.
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OTOH, my friend has been riding her mustang for years now: he's 11, and she got him as a yearling and (AFAIK) did all the training herself from that point. Of course she's been riding & working with horses since she was a kid.
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I would not attempt training Mustangs myself. I have a hard enough time with a colt I raised. HOWEVER, with proper training they can make awesome horses!

I own a BLM Mustang that I bought already well trained. He is, hands down, the best trained, safest, most respectful horse I have ever owned. He is the horse you stick guests on for safe keeping, no kidding! He was 12 when I bought him and he's 20 now. He has a home for life here.

But, I had no hand in training him, so I can't take any credit.

Smrobs, another member on here, has some really nice Mustang(s).

I definitely wouldn't recommend raw Mustangs out of the wild as first horses though. I wouldn't recommend ANY untrained horses as beginner's horses.

Some people have confidence and seem to skate through life without trouble finding them. Everything comes easy. But I am not one of those!

Here is John Henry, BLM Mustang and trail horse extraordinaire. Actual wild Mustang in the background.
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I love mustangs. My dad's wife had one that had a Mustang baby. The mare passed away, but the filly is now 12-13 years old. The mate was an awesome horse. The filly... not so much. That's was the owner's fault, though. I believe she still is not broke to ride.
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post #18 of 21 Old 07-22-2013, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet macaroni, it gets better! My husband informed this weekend that they had plans to start a training business. Fortunately, they found some law that requires at least 10 acres for a business and they only have 5. They wanted to start off with the 2 mustangs before taking clients. ::shocked and appalled::

The guy knows absolutely nothing about horses and his wife only took some lessons!

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My aunt's sister-in-law did this with her husband, with adopted BLM mustangs that were virtually unsocialized. They had to buy a 4 horse trailer to haul the two of them. I don't know how much horse experience they had, but not nearly enough.

Those poor horses were gone in under a year.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-22-2013, 06:05 PM
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She's going to be in for a rude awakening when she gets a horse that isn't all nice and gentle and "born broke".

I've trained 2 mustangs, though I didn't get either of them from the BLM. Both of them, I got from people much like your husband's co-worker; people who got a mustang because they are cheap and they are "majikal" with aspirations of loving them into being broke :eyeroll:.

The first one I got, he was 3 years old and still a stud. The folks that adopted him had him for about a year and after the first month or so (when he learned how to pin his ears and charge them to scare them into leaving him alone) he was completely by himself in an arena, fed crappy hay occasionally.

The other that I got a couple of years later was at least gelded, but he was 4 years old and not halter broke. He'd been handled just enough to not be terrified of humans, but no real training at all. He'd been sent to a trainer who sent him back after 30 days and deemed him "untrainable".

Both ended up being really super nice horses, but things could have gone very differently if I'd had less experience or if either of them had been less willing to please.


My advice, stock up on "Get Well" cards so you'll have plenty to send her while she's in the hospital .
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