Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Watch "Wild Horse Redemption" if you haven't already. I think it's still on Amazon Prime video. Then decide if this is really something you want you can do. There are some easy horses on there, and one blaze-faced sorrel, if I remember right, who would rather eat people for lunch, and even the experienced trainers don't want anything to do with him. A 5' fence wouldn't hold him, I can tell you that.
I've worked with some mustangs. Most were decent horses and I enjoyed them. A couple were dangerous, and I've seen them strike or kick so fast, and with no warning, you won't see it coming. There is NO COMPARISON to a domesticated breed, even a scared one, and the quickness of a mustang. Their experiences with people have not been pleasant-- they've been forced into pens, into chutes, into halters, into trucks and trailers. They do not trust, and it's not from no experience, it's from frightening experiences. There is far less room for error; a domestic horse will usually tolerate a mistake on your part. A mustang will not. They can be great horses, but I think you need more experience first, for your safety. You're young and enthusiastic, and I was that way once, but it was sheer luck that I'm not dead. Mustangs are not the 'butterflies and roses and this horse will learn to trust me and we'll gallop off into the sunset'. The rare one may be, but most need a lot more work and even then, you have a horse that is worth practically nothing. Even a broke one is not worth much.
Spend $1000 on a nicely bred, well-handled, registered Quarter Horse yearling or two-year-old from a good program. Get your groundwork done this year. Start him lightly under saddle next summer. If you do it right, you'll have a good chance at a horse you can sell for what you've got into him, will have learned, and will hopefully have given a horse a good start. You're a lot more likely to stay safe, and have a horse you can sell before you go to college and get him a good home.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 04-27-2019 at 08:15 PM.