DVD or VHS (2-DVD or 2-VHS set) almost 3 hours of instruction!
$39.95 plus $5 shipping/handling = $44.95 total
Lesley Neuman: The First Touch Gentling Your Mustang $45.00
Lesley works with 3 wild horses at a BLM adoption, and very clearly explains what is happening, what she is doing, & what she sees in each horse as it progresses. Study this video and you can learn "pressure and release" gentling techniques to gentle your own new mustang!
Help for Burro adopters! Crystal Ward Donkey Training
All the basics of gentling, handling, and training. A MUST for new burro adopters! Good for domestic donkeys, too!
The largest is Palomino Valley Center, outside Reno/Sparks, Nevada. There are also 2 facilities in California, and one each in Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, & Idaho.
This is the best way if you want one NOW, or if you have a particular color, size, etc. in mind - or if you just want to choose from the largest selection. The disadvantage is that you may be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and find it hard to pick out just one.
Most BLM facilities are happy to show you around and help you pick out your new horse or burro. But you should make an appointment first so that they have the time to spend with you.
Periodically, the BLM brings a weekend Adoption Event to locations, such as a county fairgrounds, or in conjunction with another event. Example: NAPA MUSTANG DAYS
This is probably the most popular way to get a mustang (or burro or wild mule). You can watch them at close range, and adopters often report that they really "connected" with their adoptee. Many people report that their mustang "picked them" by making eye contact, coming toward them, or in some other way appealing to their hearts.
The disadvantage is that many others may want the same horse you want, and you can end up in a bidding war. Paying high prices is good for the Wild Horse & Burro Program, but may not be good for you. It's not always easy to predict which horses will be adopted: The pinto in the foreground was bid up to $1000. The grullo went for a normal adoption price, the leopard appaloosa generated a small bidding war but ended up not being adopted at all, and the palomino pintaloosa got no bids at all at this event.
In the Eastern States, the CARR RANCH in Tennessee has horses and occasionally burros for adoption, usualy from the Sheldon USFWS Proghorn Preserve.
4. PRISON HORSE TRAINING PROGRAMS: The BLM has wild horse training agreements with state correctional institutes in CO, KS, NV, UT and WY. Prison Wild Horse Gentling Programs are a great way to get a saddle-started Mustang!
Bart Lawrence of Reno got his horse, Mister, from the Carson City Prison Program