If you are interested in adopting a Mustang, there are rescue groups that save BLM branded Mustangs from kill pens all over the country who would like to hear from you. I would be happy to set someone on the road to adoption, if you contact me using the email address below or visit the Links page where I have listed a few that are very active in saving Mustangs.
I had wanted another horse for 30 years when I found myself in awe of the wild mustangs and how incredibly healthy and majestic they were - completely without human intervention! I finally reached a point in my life where I could have a horse again and after a LOT of preparation I adopted Raven, a BLM Mustang, after she went through basic training with her T.I.P. trainer in 2014. I am her first owner and she is the 1st horse I have trained to ride.
I restarted her after a few bad experiences while riding because I realized she did not have the basics she needed to start riding. Sort of like expecting a puppy to know what sit, down and stay mean just because I said the word. I did not have the experience to teach her myself, so searched for a positive training method and enrolled in the "Back Your Horse" online course at Connection Training, a clicker/positive reinforcement web site. I am SO grateful to have found such awesome support there and it's because of them that I was able to keep Raven!
We have now gone out on 92 enjoyable, relaxed bitless rides together - keeping in mind that we are not able to ride for at least 6-8 months because it's too icy out in Alaska. I know for a fact that she keeps control of herself because I am on her back due to the fact that sometimes when we ride she squeals due to no outside influence, but stays at a walk. Even her little bucks of stubbornness are miniature.
From my experience in training dogs for competition obedience, I knew I did not like the force method of training and am very happy to say positive training also works wonderfully with horses! If you're new to horses and/or training and feel in your heart that you want to train *positively*... I encourage you to take the time to search for a positive trainer. A few sites & trainers are listed on the Links page, if you're get a chance to check them out.
I am a member of World Bitless Association and have learned to trim Raven's hooves myself through clinics and videos. She is barefoot, but gets Scoot Boots on her front feet when riding.