How difficult is it to own and train a blm mustang?
It’s different for every person and every horse because there are a billion factors.
I’ve been working with semi feral horses for like 5 years, my first horse was borderline feral and actively aggressive, so I was pretty well prepared for it. I went to a holding facility where most of the horses had been for years, so they were used to fences and hay huts and the presence of people. The horse I ultimately chose was captured as a ten month old, so he’d spent most of his life in captivity, so he wasn’t a Wild Thing.
I also got to pick him out of a few hundred different horses, which meant I got to pick a horse that had good reactions (was curious, followed us around, would spook and back off when you made big noises but wouldn’t gallop away). There were many horses there that did not have a good disposition. When I picked Toto there were about five other horses being picked up, and they all went through the chutes to get trimmed and haltered and run up into trailers. One of those was an absolutely berserk red roan. He was rearing up in the chutes and trying to kick the fuck out of the trailer doors.
Maybe that horse turned out fine, but there was a huge difference in his temperament/responses vs Toto’s temperament/responses, and that kind of thing makes a huge difference in the level of difficulty of owning and training that horse.
SO for me, I have a lot of experience, I did a lot of research, I’m really well versed in training, I hand-picked a horse with a good demeanor, so! Easy.
But if I didn’t have that much experience and I was taking home a horse that was older and fresh off the range, it would be a lot different.