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NJRider
May. 27, 2011, 07:44 PM
I am just drawn to them, there are some really nice ones out there. I used to have a Mustang/Trakehner cross and it was the best horse I ever had!
I love this guy...
http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse.php?form_horse_id=1661385

2tempe
May. 27, 2011, 08:57 PM
I dont have one but I seem to remember that a mustang was very highly ranked in US at one of the lower levels. Think it was in USDF magazine a few months ago...

See this link: My memory was not quite correct- HANDSOME guy! http://www.behindthebitblog.com/2010/10/american-mustang-at-devon-2010.html

Pocket Pony
May. 27, 2011, 09:15 PM
Not yet, but I'm working on it!;)

I have a 6-year-old mustang whom I've had for a year. He's gone from barely broke (would accept saddle and rider and follow horses on the trail) to being in dressage training in the past year. Mr. PoPo took some pictures of us a couple weeks ago but we were in a jumping saddle as I'm just in the process of getting him an actual dressage saddle (started with a western saddle then when he started filling out I went to a jump saddle that I happened to have that fit him but none of my dressage saddles fit him).

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2978768690029199246kcBEMC

Here he is in the winter hanging out in the pasture:

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2546333500029199246gZLEKp

He is an incredible trail horse - best ever - and is also the soundest of all my horses.

I'm hoping to take him to a schooling show and do Intro with him at the end of June. We're going to do an XC clinic next weekend.

It has been a really interesting process to train a horse who was born in the wild, who hasn't had a lot of handling, and who wasn't purposefully bred. He is smart and wants to work with me but he doesn't trust just anyone. He is very tuned in to energy (moreso than other horses I've worked with) and our communication seems more telepathic than anything. While he is an energy conservationist, he is forward and likes to move.

It has been really fun to take this different path and see what dressage can do for a mustang. I have a blog (in my sig) that I need to update with our latest adventures, but I like to look back and remember how far he's come.

I would encourage anyone to give mustangs a try - the experience is very rewarding! :yes:

longride1
May. 27, 2011, 09:17 PM
I have one with a colt starter now that I have plans for. Fantastic mover but started too late, so it's going to be a while before bucking isn't his answer to tension. But he has ability.

xrmn002
May. 27, 2011, 09:22 PM
I dont have one but I seem to remember that a mustang was very highly ranked in US at one of the lower levels. Think it was in USDF magazine a few months ago...

See this link: My memory was not quite correct- HANDSOME guy! http://www.behindthebitblog.com/2010/10/american-mustang-at-devon-2010.html

I know Padre. His owner and I have the same trainer. He is gorgeous and has a GREAT temperament!

Pony Fixer
May. 27, 2011, 10:10 PM
I love that horse in the link! Nice mover, too.

JWB
May. 27, 2011, 10:14 PM
How about Hail Yeah?
I believe they just do exhibitions with him though, no competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V9K668Ajws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V9K668Ajws)

NJRider
May. 27, 2011, 11:30 PM
I love to hear success stories of people with their mustangs. I remember reading about that stallion that won at Devon, he is super!
Pocket Pony: I love your blog and your horse! Looks like you are really having fun.

jodyb
May. 28, 2011, 06:51 PM
The trainer I work with (Kelly Boyd) trained the mustang, JB Andrew, to FEI. http://www.classicalequestrian.com/andy.html He was a wonderful horse, he passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 26.

53
May. 29, 2011, 08:43 AM
I have a mustang as well, I have a blog about him on my website. I'm an eventer and so we focus on eventing, but I've shown him in dressage shows and he's done quite well, winning at training level last year.

This link should work for photos, though will require your email and assertion that you will abide by the photographer's photocopy rights:
http://terrimiller.exposuremanager.com/g/thomas_margaret_10tvj


He also cleaned up as a baby green hunter at Del Mar, interestingly enough.

Amazing horse.

sschuessler
May. 29, 2011, 08:48 AM
Well the one that I am working with is half mustang and half paso fino. Not even close to the competition level yet, but considering he sat out in a pasture for 10 years before being re-broke this winter, we are making a lot of progress :) He LOVES to learn and will do anything you ask once he figures it out

paintjumper
May. 29, 2011, 09:27 AM
They look like big horses, the ones I have seen or ridden were on the smaller side. I broke a pinto mustang mare that was amazing. If they are all like her, I am surprised that the endurance folks have not started riding them. We went on a 25 mile trail ride one morning and when I turned her out she bucked all the way over the hill and made a few laps around the pasture like she had never been saddled that day. She had unvelievable feet too, and was NEVER lame. The folks I broke her for trail rode her and their son roped off her for years. She is in her middle 20's now and looks just like she did when she was 4. She is a pretty thing too, a grulla tobiano with a star & striped face. They raised 4 or 5 foals from her and their QH stallion and she stamped every one.....like the stud was not even there.
If I could find a big one, I'd like to try the dressage route with one. Good luck to all of you with yours. They are truly unique.

Antaeus
May. 29, 2011, 09:54 AM
[QUOTE=paintjumper;5631812]They look like big horses, the ones I have seen or ridden were on the smaller side. ...

Their size depends on which HMA they come from. Some areas are known for larger Mustangs (I think the Prior herd is one of them).

I adopted Woodrow from the BLM as a yearling. It was a spur of the moment thing: He was the only baby (out of 40) that hadn't been adopted by the last day of the event. Pretty pitiful looking: matted all over, slight club foot. He will be 14 this summer. It's been a rocky road with him, as he has an aloof temperment, can still do without human companionship, and is pretty much a one person horse. But I wouldn't trade him/the experience for anything!

Woody is only 14.2, built like a tank. Instructor thinks he looks like one of the Baroque breeds. She rode him in a Manolo Mendez clinic, and Manolo thought he was a nice horse. :) Unfortunately we have yet to compete due to time off from my physical problems.

Since I'm on the hunt for my "last horse", I've actually thought about another Mustang. This time, tho, I think I would look at one of the prison program Mustangs. At 64, I'm feeling too old to deal with all the gentling, green breaking stuff.

Pocket Pony
May. 29, 2011, 11:49 AM
They look like big horses, the ones I have seen or ridden were on the smaller side.

Mac is about 14.3 but very solid so I think he looks bigger.

53, I love your horse!

edithperkins
May. 30, 2011, 07:09 PM
HI,
Yes I do have a mustang that I am working in Dressage. He was conceived out West, and his mother was part of the BLM round-ups. He is about 15 years old and a wonderful, wonderful horse. I've had him about 1.5 years and I'm hoping to start showing him this summer. It has taken awhile - he has a very distinct personality and we've finally started really working so much better together. I would love to be in touch with other people who love these wonderful horses. I've become a political activist with Madeline Pickens blog to protest the treatment of these horses during the round-ups. I've written everyone in my state (New Hampshire) that I can think of. Please stay in touch! So excited to hear about other people with Mustangs and Dressage as well!!!!
Edie

NJRider
May. 30, 2011, 08:11 PM
Gorgeous horses! Am I crazy to be in love with the guy on Dreamhorse?!
My husband has 2 Buckskin mustangs, one is very green and one is an old guy. They are so much fun, and SMART! They are not like other horses, in my opinion. Most have so much confidence.

BEARCAT
May. 30, 2011, 08:20 PM
This is a friend of mine's that I am training right now. He is just 3 and is from Oregon: (dirty but a nice mover ;) )
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397017790.jpg

And this is mine - 9 year old from Colorado learning the Spanish Walk. We have competed at First level.
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397017789.jpg

butlerfamilyzoo
May. 30, 2011, 08:33 PM
I owned a nice mustang mare about 10yrs ago that i had dressage dreams for, man could she move! BUT, she was 9 when she was taken off the range and though she would do NOTHING wrong on the ground, the buck and spin was more than i could handle. She went through a few trainers, but i had to give up financially and for her sake. She now lives as a pasture companion in TN, well if she's still alive, think she would be pushing 20 now.

I was watching a show the other day, animal control type show. One minute they were picking out rattlesnakes from a backyard, the next they were rounding up a small herd of mustangs that wondered into a town right before a carnival. I swear to you, my jaw was on the ground and i was drooling watching these horses. Some of the NICEST looking, NICEST moving horses small horses i've seen in a long time. Made me want one! But i like my cob mare too much to replace her. ;)

They sure have some potential! The prison horses can pull some hefty prices (for a mustang) but look super nice!

NJRider
May. 30, 2011, 08:34 PM
This is a friend of mine's that I am training right now. He is just 3 and is from Oregon: (dirty but a nice mover ;) )
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397017790.jpg

And this is mine - 9 year old from Colorado learning the Spanish Walk. We have competed at First level.
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397017789.jpg

WOW! What fun....

froglander
May. 30, 2011, 08:37 PM
What a cool thread :)

I have a 5 year old mustang gelding from the Coyote Lakes HMA in Oregon. I adopted him in Dec 2008 and he has been fun to work with from first touch to first ride to first trail ride today :)

I hope to make it to a dressage show with him this fall, we are still really working on actual /round/ circles, instead of falling out and stuff. Oh, and cantering under saddle, lol.

So proud of how well he did on his first trail ride today :)

And just to share, here are a couple pics of him.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/yoR-7sFhc7XYiUHWK5Cytw?feat=directlink

(Trail ride today, he's the one on the left)
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NeAUZdRle6Kfd9rmsNZrOw?feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vlQIzFUM0hb0c4e8f9SHLA?feat=directlink

edithperkins
May. 30, 2011, 08:41 PM
Looks like a great time on a wonderful horse! Aren't they awesome!:)

BEARCAT
May. 30, 2011, 11:03 PM
Thanks - this was our very first trail ride a couple of weeks ago:
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/396662909.jpg

A costume class
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/391187343.jpg

Jumping:
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/392729300.jpg

CZF
May. 31, 2011, 08:52 AM
Eurodressage did a lovely article on a beautiful mustang GP horse:

http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2009/11/23/fighting-windmills-jb-andrew-cultivated-freedom

ThreeFigs
May. 31, 2011, 02:11 PM
Yes, that's JB Andrew, the horse Jodyb mentioned in her post. He was a sweetheart and will be missed. He was euthanized on May 11. The malignant tumor in his head forced the decision.

He did a lot to promote the Mustang for dressage.

Kyzteke
May. 31, 2011, 02:39 PM
Not sure if it's been mentioned or not, but Judy Yancy has (I think) Kieger's (a "strain" of mustang; she fell in love with them a number of years ago.

She rides/breeds WBs for dressage, so it's been real interesting to watch her develop her mustangs.

I think she has a section on her website (Google Yancy Farms) about them.

I remember one of the prettiest horses I've ever seen was a blue grulla Kieger stallion -- young guy -- about 15.1 only, but SO elegant. Natural self-carriage. Lovely horse! He was being ridden western, but I could easily see him in English tack, doing dressage.

Of course, I also saw a whole parking lot filled with tiny (like under 14hh), half-starved things from some place in NV -- they were pitiful and not anything I'd want to even sit on, much less ride dressage.

So I guess it just depends...

allison finch
Jun. 1, 2011, 06:23 PM
The trainer I work with (Kelly Boyd) trained the mustang, JB Andrew, to FEI. http://www.classicalequestrian.com/andy.html He was a wonderful horse, he passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 26.

I remember him. I was at The Farm horse trials and he was there, I think getting an approval brand of some sort (in the late 80's, early 90's, I think). He was fabulous!

Sad to hear he's gone

Sarah Ralston
Jun. 2, 2011, 06:59 PM
You'll be seeing at least two more BLM mustangs in the dressage ring in a few years. Both RU Koda and RU Santana (3 year old geldings from Nevada Callaghan HMA, Same as Padre, I think) were sold to "dressage" homes. Fabulous gaits and attitudes and both going to be well over 15 hands. You guys missed an opportunity May 1-we had three lovely fillies that were great potentials for dressage but they went to non-dressage homes...
Atached are photos of Koda with his very proud satudent (who bought him), and two of the fillies, RU SHyAnne and her weeks old Filly Skylark and RU Sierra...

Mustangs come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments-something for everyone! I really wish more people could see them as lovely they can be! They are NOT just suited to western riding!

Pocket Pony
Jun. 2, 2011, 08:32 PM
Thank you for those photos - gorgeous! :)

edithperkins
Jun. 2, 2011, 08:39 PM
HOw do you post pictures?? I don't see a link to do that? I just HAVE to post pictures of my super, wicked, awesome Mustang!!!
Thanks.
Edie

Pocket Pony
Jun. 2, 2011, 11:37 PM
You have to be a premium member to post pictures. You can post a link to your online photo album, though! :)

trabern
Jun. 3, 2011, 01:56 AM
Just have to say, your photos and links of your dressage mustangs are amazing. Inspiring to see the classical-looking carriage. Perhaps a little like looking back in time?

Mao
Jun. 4, 2011, 09:37 AM
How about a part Mustang? I have a Spanish Mustang x Saddlebred cross I'm schooling in dressage. We did one show last summer at Intro and I'm hoping to get him out again this year. Here's a recent video schooling at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIEBBroHTSQ

I've also shown my Nokota gelding up to 1st Level, although we mostly done breed exhibitions.

NJRider
Jun. 4, 2011, 10:30 AM
How about a part Mustang? I have a Spanish Mustang x Saddlebred cross I'm schooling in dressage. We did one show last summer at Intro and I'm hoping to get him out again this year. Here's a recent video schooling at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIEBBroHTSQ

I've also shown my Nokota gelding up to 1st Level, although we mostly done breed exhibitions.

Very nice! I love your name- "Saddlestang"! Mine was a Mustang/Trakener.....maybe Trakang?

Mao
Jun. 4, 2011, 11:14 AM
I think Trakestang would roll off the tongue better. lol! But what a cool cross. Do you have any pictures of him?

NJRider
Jun. 4, 2011, 12:52 PM
I think Trakestang would roll off the tongue better. lol! But what a cool cross. Do you have any pictures of him?

Maddie was one of about 7 or 8 offspring out of the breeder's BLM mustang by her Trakehner stallion. They were known for their super temperaments.
Here is my mare:
http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x233/jklfarm/Maddie/

Here is her full brother, a breeding stallion
http://www.warmbloodnews.com/home_page/2011_may%2042.pdf

austin
Jun. 6, 2011, 10:12 PM
He is a Kiger Mustang. just getting started but scored a 70% in his first official USDF class (Training 3) in April.

black jack
Jun. 6, 2011, 11:45 PM
I have a 6 year old mustang I have had for 3 years. The first year I rode him and did alot of dressage schooling with him. He was very naturally talented in lateral work and had a wonderful canter. The second year he pretty much was onky ridden occasionally due to time restrictions. Now my 9 year old daughter rides him and is focusing on dressage but she does not understand bending etc. which is fine to me. He is the best babysitter in the world for her and he takes such good care of her as she learns the concepts of contact etc. Anyways, here is a video link of her ride today. It is not a good one to show him in "dressage" but you can see his general riding with a 9 yr old learning dressage herself.

http://youtu.be/IEg3hEVMcFI

http://youtu.be/IEg3hEVMcFI

CZF
Jun. 7, 2011, 08:10 AM
Not sure if it's been mentioned or not, but Judy Yancy has (I think) Kieger's (a "strain" of mustang; she fell in love with them a number of years ago.

She rides/breeds WBs for dressage, so it's been real interesting to watch her develop her mustangs.

I think she has a section on her website (Google Yancy Farms) about them.



Her website is www.yancey-farms.com

My dad bought an Oldenburg from her a few years ago. I don't know how recently you've checked her "News" but she's recently posted a couple of photo's of her Mustang crosses. :)

I love my WB's, but I secretly want a blue grulla Mustang! I think maybe in a few years, that can be my mid life crisis horse? After all, don't middle aged men go out an buy a Mustang when they have their mid-life crisis? :lol:

Pocket Pony
Jun. 7, 2011, 09:50 AM
black jack, your daughter and Black Jack are a cute pair! :D

austin, do you have any photos to share?:winkgrin: