Wild Mustangs are a legendary part of Historic America. They represent the very essence of liberty and times when life was easier and less hurried. Despite some myths, they are available in all sizes, shapes and colors. They are also one of the most affordable methods for individuals to own a horse when other options fail.
Almost every kid has dreamed of owning a horse at one time or another. However, for quarter horses, thoroughbreds and several other”popular” breeds, it is not at all uncommon for prices to begin in the thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, lots of people have misconceptions about the Wild Mustang and often, ignorance and a little bit of work is the one thing that is truly preventing these people from owning their very own horse.
Some people think it is necessary to break a horse. This may be true if you simply want a horse that knows how to do only play follow the leader in a long string of horses. However, if you would like to really experience the complete joy of riding a horse rather than simply heating up a saddle while it happens to be on the horses back, consider training the horse instead of breaking its spirits entirely.
If you truly want a magnificent horse and a piece of Americana all at the same time, follow these easy steps and you will find yourself with much more than just a magnificent ride.
Make certain that you don’t give the Wild Mustangs any oats before beginning working them. In all honesty, you ought not even give them too much alfalfa initially. The cause of this is that in their own natural environment, most truly wild mustangs don’t delight in a diet overly full of proteins. Giving a wild horse only timothy hay or even alfalfa too rich in proteins will get the horse to suffer from colic and suffer needlessly.
You may need to put your wild mustang at a small stall to find the bridle on at first. Once you get the bridle on, use merely a hackamore at first and attach about thirty feet of rope to it. Keep the rope loosely in one hand so that you can drop it or launch it quickly in case your wild mustang bolts or panics.
Take your wild mustang out and operate it in circles. Do not run it one way but be sure to alternative directions so that the horse doesn’t develop problems with its legs. Keep it running around in circles until it is hot, sweaty, tired and just beginning to foam at the mouth. After two or three days of this, the horse should be used to you putting the bridle and hackamore and will be ready to run some more so will probably fight you a lot less.
After you have run the horse a couple of times, start placing a horse blanket on its back and fasten it with a cinch strap. You do not want plenty of weight on the horses back but it won’t be ready for a saddle just yet either. Be certain not to leave any loose strap or anything else hanging around the horses feet. If anything flashes quickly before its face or dangles across its toes, your mustang could bolt. Take advantage of this time to get your horse used to the curry brush also. After a good run, your horse might even have to enjoy the cleaning nearly as much as it does running. Again, you may want to try this while your mustang is in a small stall. The two main reasons for doing so are you aren’t at risk should your horse dread and so that if it will panic, you are safely outside where you are able to get away until it quits fighting you.
After your horse becomes used to the blanket, you will want to try out a saddle. Once you run your horse and it is nice and tired, set the blanket on its back and then while in the stall, place the saddle on its back. You and the mustang will both fare much better. After you have the saddle firmly cinched, allow the stirrups down. Do not worry about cinching it up too tight because you won’t be riding it just yet.
Once you do this a couple of times you’ll be ready to begin the final steps in getting your horse ready to ride. Consider putting the saddle on the next time with the horse in the stall as usual but before you go running. You should still be using the hackamore at this point and now more than ever, it will be important not to wrap your rope around anything you’re not ready to lose. Don’t run it as the stirrups might just cause the horse to fear.
You won’t need to run it as hard as before but you do want it running with the saddle before you ever attempt to go riding. After this though, you’re almost there. Make certain to curry down the mustang after every ride.
After you have done this a few times, you should notice your wild mustang calming considerably and possibly even looking forward to the time you’re spending together. Increase the protein intake slowly as you operate the horse more but bear in mind it will require time to adapt to the food as much as to the saddle. By doing everything this way, it might take a little more time but your mustang will retain much of its wild soul when befriending you and learning how to trust you.
Once you can do all of this with your horse comfortably out the stall without fear of reprisal, you’re ready to start riding. Work with your wild mustang somewhat slower and with a little more patience and you will have a ride that’s the envy of all your friends.