Mustangs 4 Us is a private, independent, non-political, mostly non-commercial website owned and written by Nancy Kerson,

for the purpose of providing information and education about Mustangs (wild horses) and burros.

The few products I sell on this site are my own, and proceeds help reimburse me for the cost of maintaining this website.

Sections In This Website: 

MUSTANGS 4 US HOME PAGE    HISTORY OF WILD HORSES AND BURROS  ADOPT A MUSTANG OR BURRO!    HOW TO GENTLE AND TRAIN A MUSTANG OR BURRO   GALLERY OF HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS (HMAs) & RELATED HABITATS

HOW TO READ A BRAND   BURROS    MUSTANG MULES     MUSTANG OR BURRO WATCHING IN THE WILD   DVDs, BOOK, & T-SHIRTS     LEWIS AND CLARK

Areas that may have long-standing wild herds, or recently feral horses, that are not included in this website: Indian Reservations, National Parks and National Monuments, Private Lands, Anywhere East of the Rockies (Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, Virginia and Carolina Coastal Islands, etc.)

Disclaimer: Horses are inherently dangerous. Use the information contained within this website at your own risk.

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JUST SPEND TIME...

 
"Just Spending Time" is the most common method actually in use by most adopters.

Given time, nearly any wild horse will become less afraid and more comfortable with people and his new surroundings. The horse may even bond with you, even if that is all you do. And, even if you also use regular training sessions (as described on other pages - Pressure and Release, Clicker Training, Bamboo Pole, etc), some horses need a lot of time to digest their new experiences. Not every horse is amenable to becoming a "90 Day Wonder." Time makes a difference!

Going in and out of the pen while doing daily chores, spending leisure time reading a book in a lawn chair next to the horse pen, just hanging out and talking to the horse - all this will help the horse learn to recognize you as someone who is not a threat.

 

But perhaps even more important, you will get to know your horse on a deep level - how he reacts, how he thinks, how he lives his life and how he is likely to react to a variety of situations. You will learn to trust him, and to trust yourself with him!

 
Going about daily chores -cleaning pens, delivering feed, etc., and just leisurely "hanging out" helps the horse feel safe and comfortable around people.

 

Be careful, though! Just because the horse is not afraid of you does not mean that he is fully gentled or safe to be near!

Eventually, the horse DOES need real training!