Have You Heard of the Extreme Mustang Makeover?

Posted by Allie Layos

If you've ever wanted to work with mustangs, the Extreme Mustang Makeover may be for you. 

The Extreme Mustang Makeover is a competition that involves beautiful mustang horses and a real challenge. Participants are provided a wild mustang by the Bureau of Land Management and have 100 days to train it for competition.

At the competition, the mustangs and their trainers compete in classes such as handling and conditioning, a pattern class and a combined leading and trail class.

To participate in the main event, trainers must be 18 or older, but youth are also able to get involved by training a yearling Mustang on the ground rather than under saddle. In fact, a 9-year-old girl, Ava Bell, recently did just that. Halter breaking, trailer loading, picking up feet and leading through obstacles and maneuvers are just a few of the things young trainers are asked to demonstrate.


Nola/Ann Benoit
NOLA/Ann Benoit

The event is just one of the ways the Mustang Heritage Foundation aims to promote the mustang's versatility, trainability, and worth as an equine companion. Following the competition, the participating mustangs are available for adoption by competitive bid, allowing the public to adopt a symbol of the American West that has already gone through a certain amount of training.

More than 5,000 mustangs have been adopted through the Mustang Heritage Foundation since 2007.

The 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover schedule includes competitions in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Massachusetts, Virginia, and more.

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Have You Heard of the Extreme Mustang Makeover?