“On Dec 5th, 2009, I adopted Meeka, a 5 month old mustang filly that came from the Four Mile Herd Management Area in Idaho. She was one of the fillies that the Busy Bees 4H group had worked with to halter train.
Originally, I was looking for a 1-2 yr old gelding to adopt, but due to the cold weather in December, I decided it was a better idea to pick a youngster that had been previously handled and that I could put in with my other horses within a short time. I felt like this was "cheating" a little, but it made more sense with the weather being the way it was. I planned on doing all Meeka's training myself, as I had trained a Kiger mustang from the BLM about 5 years earlier and enjoyed the experience and bonding.
The 4H group had done a lot of nice ground work with my filly- she could lead, load in a trailer, and pick up her feet when I adopted her. Foals learn so quickly and Meeka seemed to blend in with my herd in no time and decided she liked her own stall for shelter from the snow and wind!
I did a lot of ground work once spring came- light lounging (both free in a round pen and on a loungeline), plus just leading her around our bridle paths for walks to get her used to her surroundings. By the time she was one and a half, I began saddling her and ground driving her- she picks new things up quickly and retains them. I also ponied her in the foothills beside my paint mare for short trail rides.
When she turned two this spring, I began to ride her lightly and she hardly ever offered a buck. I also haul her now and then to drill team practice and ride or lounge her during warm up, then make her stand patiently for an hour while I practiced with my other horse. All this gets her used to other surroundings and hauling in the trailer. Meeka has a great calm disposition and LOVES people! She is so mellow; the only thing I wish was that she had a bit more spirit. Someday soon she is going to be an awesome kids or beginner horse.
This summer Meeka has been ridden lightly in the arena, and has gone on about 6 short trail rides in the foothills with another seasoned horse. Every time she gets more confident. I'm looking forward to next summer when she is three and I can ride her a bit more. She is 14.3- 15 hands high right now, and still has plenty of growing left to do.
Thanks for listening to my story and I hope others out there that adopt will have as good of experience as I have had.”
- Leta Kunz