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I was wondering if we were going to have a discussion on this!

I personally would love to adopt one. They're getting quite popular in Endurance and the people I know who have them love them. However, I don't know how I'll ever be able to afford to fence off an area with 6 ft tall solid fence to have one. I wish there were TIP trainers nearby but they all seem to be in the south.

Where's that winning lottery ticket?
 

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I don't think just anyone is equipped (knowledge) to handle and train a mustang. I think it would be smart of the BLM if they allowed approved trainers to get the $1000 on each horse they adopt and also allow them to sell the horses after a certain amount of time has passed and the horse has been trained. I believe currently you can sell the horse once it has been titled, but a TIP trainer might be able to get the horse trained faster than it can be titled. Since this incentive allows you up to 4 untitled horses at a time, and you don't have to give the first payment back if you return the horse, this could lead to some possible misuse of a government program. And there will be people who do that.

With that said, I think it's a good program and they are doing the best they can to get the horses moving. I would love to own a mustang. My husband who is not real horsey, would love to own a mustang. But neither of us have the knowledge or ability right now to train one ourselves. But I would purchase one from just about any of the trainers I've watched at the Extreme Mustang Makeover or any number of other trainers.
 

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Where I'd be interested, were I not looking to start on halter-bred paints instead, is the yearlings that are up for adoption at our judge friend's ranch every year. Last year at the fund raising cross country marathon, BLM had, IIRC, four very well handled young 'uns there for adoption. I THINK the $1000.00 thing still applied to that age as well.


They were reasonably well mannered, and you could tell they were ok with humans, not raving lunatics. Hubs was there, not me. He said one or two of them were amazing looking little horses already, very eye catching in terms of color AND build.



One lady was so taken with one she tried to convince her husband they could haul him home in their SUV....



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He said no.
 

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Where I'd be interested, were I not looking to start on halter-bred paints instead, is the yearlings that are up for adoption at our judge friend's ranch every year. Last year at the fund raising cross country marathon, BLM had, IIRC, four very well handled young 'uns there for adoption. I THINK the $1000.00 thing still applied to that age as well.


They were reasonably well mannered, and you could tell they were ok with humans, not raving lunatics. Hubs was there, not me. He said one or two of them were amazing looking little horses already, very eye catching in terms of color AND build.



One lady was so taken with one she tried to convince her husband they could haul him home in their SUV....



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He said no.

The adoption event I've been to had very specific requirements on trailers for transporting them home. If I remember correctly, it had to be a stock type trailer that could have a middle divider but not one of the dividers that would hold them in side by side (I'm sure there's a specific name for that). And they couldn't have just a ramp for closing in the back. You had to have either a full swing door, or the small sliding door. I realized when we watched them load up that it's because you back up to a chute and they are run into the trailer and the door is closed before pulling away. No way to do that with a ramp.

If I was ever to adopt one it would definitely be a younger one. Especially one born at the holding pens. They are at least used to seeing humans and machinery, even if they haven't been handled much.


We went to a local adoption event last year and I was really surprised at how quickly the horses went out. They brought them in on Friday at noon and by the time we got there Saturday morning there were very few left to adopt. They said they had brought in 50 horses. There weren't that many there Saturday morning, I guess some had already gone home on Friday afternoon. But as you walked around and looked there were signs on the pens describing each horse and most of them had a note stating they were already adopted. I would think they would have brought more horses, but I guess since we aren't close to a facility they don't want to bring too many and have to take a bunch back.
 

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Why halter bred Paints?
Because AJ is a halter bred paint, and since her knee is arthritic, her years of packing around adult human weight are limited. But she's a lovely girl, and decent lines, and I have access to a verra nice stallion with a knowledgeable owner.

Also, they're a niche market in my area. The local market is saturated with cow ponies and roping horses, barrel racers. That and I have to clear my prospective small breeding operation with dah Hubs... and he absolutely LOVES bulldog build paint horses. ;) He's given me a thumbs up to invest in AJ being bred, and to casually look for another APHA mare of similar bloodlines for the same purpose.

I plan on having Gina bred to Dash with Perks next year, solely because she's an amazing working horse, and to let her genetics die with her would be a crime. She's well known locally and gets borrowed often for various jobs, so I doubt I'd have trouble selling a foal out of her, with Dash as the sire, locally, despite the saturated market.

Mustangs could be interesting to get into, but we're just not set up for them, given the requirements.
 
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