Mustangs are horses that have become feral. The USDA Bureau of Land Management manages the wild horse herds in the United States. I just adopted a four-year-old gelding in October , and I wonder what horse lovers out there feel about adoption of unwanted horses, and about adopting a wild horse versus, say, a domestic horse from an auction or rescue.
I would adopt one first...wild or unwanted...as long as I wasn't the one removing the wild one from his land. Concerning the wild mustang...there are programs in place to adopt them...I guess so that they are managed from over-populating an area. Then...I would adopt one...only as a last measure!
The wild mustang...always deserves to run free...like it has always been...since the first Spaniards...left a few behind on their voyages!
I think you have a good point. It is sad to see the mustangs removed from the wild. I guess the only thing that makes me feel better about it is that they were domesticated animals. It is far sadder to see a majestic lion confined to a cell in a zoo, pacing because of boredom or anxiety. At least horses have been friends to people for thousands of years.
I am interested to find out what others think of this subject.
This is just a theoretical idea... And depending on the location, it may not be practical.
Keep the mustang "imprisoned" for 30 days. Provide food, water, shelter, etc. during that time.
After 30 days, open the gate. Continue to provide food, etc. Let the animal decide whether to stay or go.
I used to ride with a girl that who had a mustang. It was a pretty good trail horse. I'd be leery of adopting one. I've heard they are notorious cribbers and standard height fences don't keep them in.
Interesting! I've never heard of the cribbing thing being a mustang trait. My quarter horse mare, Dixie Girl is a cribber, probably because she was starved and abused before being sold at auction. I'll have to keep an eye on Dakota and try to keep him outside as much as possible; but I'm not really sure what the real cause of cribbing is. At any rate, he did break out of his mustang pen (right through the six foot fence), so I'll keep everyone posted on how he does when he moves to the "regular" farm.
by D i x i e6 years ago
I have had the recent joy of finding a few larger bands of wild mustangs up in the mountains near where i live and I have gotten some really great pictures of them Just kind of looking about and seeing if anyone else is...
by optimus grimlock5 years ago
I'm not a mustang fan sorry (camaro's eat them alive) but every time I see someone drive a mustang its a women! Thats why I call it a bitchstang lol
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