We like to think of captured mustangs as fresh, unspoiled horses, free of many of the problems we find in domesticated breeds. After years of working with my own mustangs and many others, I’ve learned that these wonderful horses often come to us with significant challenges to their physical and mental health.
During capture they experience severe trauma, as they are chased into holding pens with aircraft, separated from their herd, given many vaccines within a short period, and kept in a comfortless, unnatural environment. Transport to adoption events and to their new home in a dark, rattling trailer on busy freeways or winding roads can also result in injuries and tremendous stress. Evaluate your new mustang’s status, then help him (or her) recover mentally, emotionally, and physically in order to be able to accept gentling, human companionship, and riding.