Sunday, September 2, 2018

Mustang Dreamin'

I've decided I'm going to get a mustang in the next year or so. When Roz first died I had no interest in having a second horse. Now that we are a year out, I'm finally starting to feel ready for another one. There are many reasons for getting another horse, although life is definitely simpler (and cheaper) with only one. I know Emi would enjoy having a horsey companion that could be with her in the field during the day. Liam is a great companion (and isn't going anywhere) but he can't have the grass. I'm sure she'd also appreciate a grooming buddy, which she doesn't currently have either.

I'm scratching her back and she's scratching his
Over the past couple of years I've added "mustang" to my list of horses to own at some point and now seems like the right time. I'm not currently in a position where I want to spend a lot of money on another horse (in terms of purchase price) so I want to get something that will be relatively "cheap." I love window shopping at OTTB's but really haven't had the best of luck with them and worry about their long term soundness, so that's not a gamble I want to make. I've loved following along with some of the mustang makeover competitions, in particular Elisa Wallace. There's also Eugene and Levi from DIY Horse Ownership. In addition I've had the opportunity to camp in the Steens Mountain the past two summers, where we've watched the mustang herds that make their home there.


Mustangs in the Steens








BLM holding pens - Burns OR

BLM has a Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) where trainers take a mustang and have 90 days to gentle them. They have to lead, load, pick up their feet, and be able to be caught. The adopter still pays the $125 adoption fee but the trainer is paid $1000 by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. I've made contact with some one local to me, who has had a lot of success in mustang makeover type competitions. She's willing to let me adopt a TIP horse through her. Ideally I'd get a horse around this time next year, and would have the winter to hang out with it and get to know it (pony on trails from Emi etc.). Depending on it's age, I'm thinking I'd send it out to be started in the late winter or early spring of 2020 and then I'd have a second horse to ride. Of course, we all know that "the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray," so the plan is subject to change. It's exciting to consider the possibilities and I think it will be a fun experience. 

13 comments:

  1. This is so cool! I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a mustang as well and the TIP program makes it that much easier!

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  2. I am definitely a huge fan of mustangs, but have you ever worked with one just off the range? They are not at all like just plain old green horses.

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    1. No, I have not. That’s part of my interest in getting one through the TIP program and also making a local connection to someone with a lot of experience.

      I’d be interested in some examples of what you’ve seen as differences.

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  3. I think that sounds like a great plan.

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  4. Levi and Eugene fully approve of this plan. I will say I've seen the Steens mustangs go for several thousand dollars on the BLM sales. That's completely unbroken too. They're very, very popular.

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  5. Have you thought about the mustang makeover show?

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  6. Hi Guys
    I have published the full schedule of events for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon starting next week.
    I have also included a few links where you can get all the TV times in the UK and USA, as well as a few websites that will be streaming most of the events.
    So it’s pretty much all you’ll need to keep up with the action. I hope that helps ease some of the FOMO
    Here is the link, it’s yours to use as you please
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/08/25/weg-tryon-2018-schedule/
    Cheers
    Dave

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  7. Hey Guys
    Eventing results from WEG 2018
    Here are the top 20 individual standings, and the top 10 team standings, after the cross country at WEG yesterday
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/09/13/eventing-results-from-weg-2018/
    Please drop me a mail if you’re not enjoying these comments, I really don’t want to make a nuisance of myself  clearround365@gmail.com
    Enjoy
    Dave

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  8. Hi Guys
    Here are the final results for the Eventing at WEG 2018

    Ingrid Klimke's one rail down in the showjumping cost her and Germany dearly, and open the way for young Rosalind Canter and Team GBR. Here are the top 20 individual results and the top 10 team results in the Eventing at WEG 2018
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/09/13/eventing-results-from-weg-2018/

    Enjoy
    Dave

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  9. These photos are incredible, I love the ones in particular where the horses are frolicking through the fields, very cool! Thanks for the share, have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

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  10. Hi Everyone

    Congratulations Team USA!!!!!
    What a nail biting final to the team showjumping event at WEG last night.
    It went down to a thrilling jump-off, and USA just piped Sweden at the post to take Gold.

    Here are the top 10 results.
    This link also includes the top 20 individual riders after 3 days of showjumping
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/09/19/showjumping-results-from-weg-2018/

    This link has the current medal standing with Team Great Britain topping those standings
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/09/20/weg-tryon-2018-medal-standings/

    Remember you can get TV times for the USA and UK as well as find out how you can stream all the live action at the link below
    http://clear-round.com/index.php/2018/08/25/weg-tryon-2018-schedule/

    Please let me know if these comments are getting too much :) Would like to join the web community but not get on their nerves.

    Enjoy!!!
    Cheers
    Dave

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  11. Oh my gosh! That will be so fun. I've often thought about how much less worry and possibly care it would be to own a Mustang v. an OTTB. From everything I've heard they're sturdy little horses. Can't wait to read about your adventures!

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