If Brave was a human he would be a follower. He would not be interested in working too hard, but happy to just be in a group of people he trusted that would take care of him. He would enjoy repetitive tasks, because they would make him feel safe and secure.
Brave Heart is a buttermilk pinto buckskin gelding from Nevada. He is the only Mustang we have that was ‘born in holding’ – which means his mother was gathered from the wild while pregnant and he was born at a BLM holding facility. BLM is the government entity that managed the population of wild Mustangs in America.
I adopted him at the same time I adopted Flying Colors. He was one of the wild Mustangs up for adoption for the Mustang Million competition. I had no intentions of getting him, but he ‘no saled’ – meaning no one wanted him and when I went to the back to load up I spotted him in a pen.
He was skinny, eaten up with bite marks from the other Mustangs and built like a gangly teenager – nothing but knees and legs. One of the wranglers saw me looking at him and said, “That one mirrors up to me when I am riding my horse everytime I sort them” – Well that was it for me, I had a hole in the trailer and figured – why not? So I adopted him 🙂
Once we arrived home I did a little gentling with him, only to find that his stifle would make a loud pop when he moved much and he would start short striding. He was just not physically strong enough to do much of anything but eat and grow. So that is what he has been doing for 2 years now. I have gentled him – meaning he is not afraid of me – but that is the extent of what he knows.
I am SO excited when the time comes to add him to the herd. He loves to move like a fish with the other Mustangs. He will be a fabulous addition. My intent is to start bringing him into the herd in the Fall. For now he is very happy in a small herd of his own continuing to grow and grow and grow (I do think he may tower over my others once he is done growing!)