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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!
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Because the herd areas are so few in number, and easily accessible to from large population centers, these small herds have many passionate fans. Followers often know each individual in a herd, give it a name, follow its life through the seasons and years, and feel a real sense of ownership of the herds.
Winston, a Colorado Mustang
We recently adopted a 3 year old Mustang from the BLM area in Canon City, CO. The horse was saddle trained by one of the inmates at the co-located prison. The inmates showed off their horses to us and then I was able to ride the ones I was interested in. I selected Winston, a dark gray with some evidence(?) of Appaloosa in his face.
He was brought to our property yesterday and it was such a joy to be able to work with him. After getting acclimated to my property I got him dressed up and we rode on my back acreage. He is so willing to please and patient. He even let me know that I was doing something wrong. After our ride it was evident that Winston bonded with me. When I looked in on him last night before I went to sleep he came over for a hug and did the same this morning just before I fed him.
Hey there...my name is Amber, and this is my Mustang from Colorado. His name it Buddy-Lee. He is THE SWEETEST horse that I have EVER encountered. Hard to believe that he was captured in the wild. He's so calm, he's just standing there in an open field, no halter rope on or anything. I guess he's a little too busy with eating grass to go anywhere though. -~Amber~
APACHE We adopted this pretty girl for our son, Damien, 2 yrs ago from the Canon City Adoption Center. She's from Piceance-East Douglas area. She was off the range for 3 months when we got her at 18 months, and my son has done all the training on her. She has always been affable and steadfast. She's coming four and does it all. He takes her hunting and is gun broke. My husband and son are both Confederate Re-enactors and this will be her first year doing that.
This year I'll finally be getting mine and hope it turns out as nice as Apache.
Dr. Gus Cothran performed genetic analyses on this herd in 2002 and again in 2010. Genetic health as indicated by heterozygosity (variability, diversity) is low but improving with good management, which included introducing a handful of mares from a neighboring herd.
Genetic background of the herd seems to be mostly Spanish in origin, with the North American gaited saddle breeds and the South American Criollos being the closest relatives.
Severe drought has plagued the area and BLM has had to truck in water to allow the horses to survive. 20 horses, inlcuding one identified orphan, wer removed by bait trap in July of 2012.
Sundance, from West Douglas, rescued and adopted by Erica Williamson