If you’re adopting your first horse, or simply gathering information, these links may be helpful. From heath to training, some of our favorites are here.

Choosing Your Mustang

People select mustangs for different reasons, from trail riding, the challenge of creating a show horse, or as a companion to another horse. These links will help you determine if adoption is really for you, and what to look for.

Mustangs 4 Us – How do I choose the right one?

Napa Mustang Days – Frequently Asked Questions

Horses.about.com – Adopting a Wild Horse

Hoof Care

Everyone has their own idea of what is best. It is important for you to know that there is no ONE best way, but to select what works best for YOUR horse and lifestyle. Not all mustangs are suited to going barefoot, despite the claims to tougher feet. Much depends on where you live, whether your ground is dry (makes hard feet) or wet (softens feet.) Your horse is an individual, and you’ll need to treat him as such. It is important to find a good farrier who can help you determine the best approach for you and your horse.

Easy Care – Roll with it

Delaware Natural Hoof Care – Hoof wall

Equisearch – Do Dressage Horses Need Shoes?

Equine Lameness Prevention Organization

Training Your Mustang

There is a saying in the horse world, “Green plus green makes black and blue.” Sometimes this is true, but not always. It generally depends on your attitude and willingness to listen to the horse. Many first time adopters have been more successful than seasoned horse owners because their approach is often slower and therefore puts the wild horse at ease. However, sometimes moving too slow with the wrong horse won’t work out to your advantage, so it’s important to have a back up plan with experienced horsemen if you’re wanting to gentle your own mustang. The important thing to remember is that horses are horses, but wild horses have a built in flight response that domestics have had bred out of them. They are always on the look out for what might kill them, at least until they’ve decided its okay to put their trust in you. Most often it’s easier to gentle a youngster, but even then, some are simply hardwired for self preservation. These links will help you understand the gentling process and what it takes to do it yourself.

Kickin’ Back Ranch – Gentling Wild Horses 101

Mustangs 4 Us – Gentling and training mustangs

Lauman Training – Online Interactive Learning

Good to Know

These links are good places to start when gathering information on adopting a wild horse or burro.

Wild Horse and Burro Association

BLM Adoption Program

Mustang Heritage Foundation – Adopt