This blog is about the gentling of wild Mustangs and their stages of training.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First week

Well it has been kind of crazy around the ranch, so the boys haven't been worked very much. We can pet both Dunbar (Coyote Lakes gelding) and Duke (sheepshead gelding). They are still very leary of us when we go into there pens. Once we get a hold of the rope we can touch them with the stick and work our hand up to pet them.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Having their feet trimmed

The wrangelrs at the Burns facility were nice enough to trim our horses feet and worm them before we loaded up.
Here are pictures of the trimming process. First they put them in a squeeze shoot that it is padded inside. Then it squeezes together so they can't thrash around. Then it tilts over and the bottom opens up. The tie there feet down so they can't kick and then the trim away. They use a electric trimmer sort of like a sander. Pretty neat and fast.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Day 1

Kevin worked with Clyde(I just have to call them something)the Coyote Lakes horse when we got home. He responded really well to the first pull on the rope and the stick touching him all over. Kevin did touch him on the nose a few times. Then he worked with Duke, (sheepsheed horse)for just a short time. He was not responding as well as Clyde. He was shaking with fear pretty bad, so Kevin didn't push him too far.

Friday, May 8, 2009

We picked up our two T.I.P. Horses today

We picked up our two T.I.P. Horses today. We have 78 days to get them ready for the mustang show July 25th. They will be available for adoption at this show. We will also be showing them at the Pacific Wild Horse Club show July 18th and 19th in McMinnville.
We first looked at a few mares and had one picked out. She was built really nice. We had them put her aside so we could look at the geldings next. They brought the geldings in and Kevin had one picked out right away. Tom the Manager of the corrals pointed out another nice guy to us, and we said, “we’ll take that one for sure.” We had to decide on the gelding that Kevin picked out and the mare he picked out. It was a tough decision but, we eventually went with the gelding. Kevin said if we got the mare he would end up keeping her.
They brought the boys into the shoots and trimmed their feet and wormed them for us. That was a bonus! The boys were really well behave in the shoots, but when it came time to halter them neither one of them were having any of it. Finally the halters were on and we loaded and headed for home.

This is the mare that we liked but did not bring home.She is from Coyote lake/Alvord Tule. She is three.

This gelding is a three year old from Sheepshead herd management area

This gelding is also a three year old from Coyote Lake/Alvord Tule HMA.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kevin and I will be picking up our wild mustangs Friday May 8th in Burns for the trainer incentive program. This blog will follow our journey with them as we get them ready for new homes.