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Anyone with dressage Mustangs out there?

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  • Anyone with dressage Mustangs out there?

    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...
    "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"

  • #2
    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...evon-2010.html
    Last edited by 2tempe; May. 27, 2011, 10:04 PM. Reason: addition
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


    • #3
      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).


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


      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!
      "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


      • #4
        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.


        • #5
          Originally posted by 2tempe View Post
          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...evon-2010.html
          I know Padre. His owner and I have the same trainer. He is gorgeous and has a GREAT temperament!


          • #6
            I love that horse in the link! Nice mover, too.
            From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


            • #7
              How about Hail Yeah?
              I believe they just do exhibitions with him though, no competition.

              The rebel in the grey shirt


              • Original Poster

                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.
                "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                • #9
                  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.


                  • #10
                    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:

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

                    Amazing horse.


                    • #11
                      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
                      Who say's your best friend has to be human?


                      • #12
                        I'm surprised at their size here.....

                        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.


                        • #13
                          [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.
                          "And I will be an embarrassment to all
                          Who have not found the peace in being free
                          to have a horse as a best friend."


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by paintjumper View Post
                            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!
                            "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                            • #15
                              Dressage mustangs

                              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!!!!


                              • Original Poster

                                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.
                                "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                                • #17
                                  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 )

                                  And this is mine - 9 year old from Colorado learning the Spanish Walk. We have competed at First level.
                                  "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                                  • #18
                                    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!
                                    Your Horse's Home On The Road!


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by BEARCAT View Post
                                      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 )

                                      And this is mine - 9 year old from Colorado learning the Spanish Walk. We have competed at First level.
                                      WOW! What fun....
                                      "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                                      • #20
                                        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.


                                        (Trail ride today, he's the one on the left)