A Glimpse on Wild Mustang History
When Spanish explorers of the last centuries first came to the western side of America in search of gold and other valuables, they brought horses to facilitate the journey. Over time, some horses fled and created a new class of horses called the wild mustang.
Over time, other Spanish horses, as well as the horses of cattle breeders and farmers, became free, eventually breeding with mustangs and creating herds of these animals. In the 1800s, more than 2 million wild horses flourished in the desert west, unfortunately they were hunted for military purposes. They were hunted to near extinction, and today less than 25,000 of them are still in the wild.
For this reason, the 1971 The U.S. government has passed the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burros Act to protect this dying breed of horse. They later amended the act to round the mustangs and allow people to adopt the mustang as a pet. If you are interested in mastering a pet mustang, you need to consider a few things before deciding that a mustang is best for your pet. Below are some pros and cons of making and maintaining homemade wild mustangs. You will find that there are more and bigger disadvantages to adapting this animal than there are with many others.
What Is Your Level Of Patience?
To properly care for a homemade mustang, you will need to understand that it has been really wild so far. This will not make it as easy to break as a domesticated horse born in captivity. You will need to learn or already have the skills needed to convince the mustang that you are not going to hurt him and you have to think about your interests. If you have a lower tolerance threshold, you can adopt a younger mustang as they will be easier to teach than adults.
If you don’t have a horse yet, or at least have some knowledge about horses, you’ll need to think long and hard about adopting a mustang. Many people think they help when they adopt, not knowing much about horses.
Do You Have Time To Train A Wild Mustang?
You have to realize that there is a very small chance that you will be able to ride your pet mustang during the first year of adoption. You will need to put in a lot of work to properly break the horse and get used to human interaction. As a result, it will take a long time to “prepare” the horse for the rider. So if you want to adopt a horse, you can ride tomorrow – wild mustangs are not a good choice for you.
Are You Ready For A New Foal Surprise?
There is a chance that a wild mustang adopted less than 11 months after arrest is pregnant, so you will need to be prepared for this surprise and be prepared for the attitude that will accompany a pregnant mustang.
Do You Have Enough Knowledge And Ability To Care For An Injured Or Sick Pet?
These horses will be recently caught and will therefore be much more susceptible to disease or previous injuries than captive-born horses. Therefore, to alleviate any unforeseen illnesses or injuries that may occur, you must have medical knowledge related to horse care, or be able to hire someone to do it.
These are just a few of the drawbacks that accompany the adoption of a horse pet. Some of the advantages are that wild mustangs testify to the beauty of nature, and certainly these properly prepared horses can exceed the expectations of even captive-bred horses. They are strong, intelligent and frantic by nature, so they should be admired for both their pros and cons. Not only will you make a friend when you take a wild mustang, but you will also help preserve part of the Old West.