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The Story of Mighty Mouse the Mustang, Part 1…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 26, 2010


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31 Responses to “The Story of Mighty Mouse the Mustang, Part 1…”

  1. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    A VERY WELL DONE VIDEO WITH TWO GREAT STARS. IT EXPESSES WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SURFACE MAY NOT BE THE BEAUTIFUL PART THAT LAYS BENETH. THIS LITTLE HORSE WILL GIVE HIS ALL.

    • Thank you Ms. Shirley… He certainly is a diamond in the rough! Personally, I think he is absolutely gorgeous. In this Texas sun, his bay coat will turn a deeper “blood bay” with gold flecks. Its already started to show the gold – wow does he shine!
      I hate so much the feel that I got from a lot of the folks that came out to the adoption – and even some of their words. Several that came thru were disappointed because there were no paints for adoption. There was one mare who was a bay (one of the “ladies” in the video) who had an 8×3 strip of white on her left underside but no other “signs” of being a paint. She had beautiful markings otherwise – her feet and blaze – and had wonderful conformation! But she was loaded up with the rest headed back to Oklahoma because she wasn’t a paint. So sad too because she would have made a great friend and athlete.
      More pictures to come soon!
      T.

  2. sandra longley said

    OK..that is so frickin cute i am gonna knickname you “disney” or would minnie be more appropriate..little girl..LOL

  3. LOUIE COCROFT said

    WONDERFUL TRACIE! NOW WE JUST NEED TO GET THE REST OF PRISONERS RELEASED. WE NEED ENOUGH MONEY TO BY THE STATE OF NEVADA.

  4. Morgan Griffith said

    What a great video to show that many times there is a reason for a behavior, you just have to look through the eyes and listen with the ears of a horse. Even with obsessive behaviors such as what was witnessed at first there is healing methods and Flower Essence therapies that will work along with love, patience and compassion to change those behaviors and allow their best and balanced behaviors to come shining thru.

    • Don’t ever judge a book by its color.

      T.

    • For every action there is a reaction. For every behavior that a horse presents – whether good or bad – there is a reason behind it. The trick is to find that reason – whether good or bad – and either reinforce or redirect that behavior. In everything – action, reaction, reinforcement, redirection – there MUST be patience afforded to the entire process, start to finish.
      T.

  5. When I adopted my Mustang, Tex, he was a little less than a year old. He had been cattle proded to get on a truck and it took close to 2 years before anyone could walk behind him. He is now 23 and is the most beautiful boy in the world (well to me!) He is sweet and gentle and kind and you could stand behind him forever without him even flinching. I took him to some wonderful holistic workshops and they worked wonders. Many people do not realize how marvelous these wild horses are. My life has been changed forever for the better because of Tex.

  6. LOUIE COCROFT said

    THAT IS WHAT HAS ALL OF THE “HORSE PEOPLE” SO GALVANIZED. THEY ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT HIGH STRUNG, SENSITIVE CREATURES HORSES ARE.

  7. carson said

    A good horse is never a bad color, says Mark Rashid. If only all those potential adopters would wise up…

    I loved your video and what you’re doing with Mighty Mouse. And I really love how safe and secure your round pen is. Looking forward to watching this partnership grow.

    • Carson! Great to see you again! Yea, you can’t get much more secure than 3 inch welded pipe LOL! And I am so very lucky to have Dunny Sue and India there with him. They’ve been absolute God-sends for his transition. Headed to the round pen now to play! Talk to you guys soon!
      T.

  8. LOUIE COCROFT said

    BY HIGH STRUNG, I MEAN THAT HORSES HAVE NERVOUS SYSTEMS THAT TAKE ARE EASILY ACTIVATED. IT IS THEIR NATURE TO BE READY FOR “FLIGHT”–THEIR SURVIVAL. WHEN THEY ARE BROUGHT ALONG FROM THE TIME THEY ARE FOALS AND BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO THE WAYS OF “PEOPLE”, THEY ARE GIVEN THE NEEDED TIME TO ADAPT AND BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH US HUMANS. THEY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF–THERE’S THAT WORD–EMOTION. IF YOU COULD MEASURE THEIR STRESS LEVELS DURING THESE ROUND-UPS AND ALL THAT IS DONE TO THEM AFTERWARDS,IT WOULD BE OFF THE CHARTS.

  9. LOUIE COCROFT said

    KEENLY AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS.

  10. LOUIE COCROFT said

    CARSON, I AGREE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UGLY HORSE. WHAT IS BETWEEN THEIR EARS IS SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR COLOR.

  11. Suzanne said

    That was SO precious! I’ve already watched it twice. It’s really too bad that so many people go for color/coat pattern and don’t even LOOK at anything else.

    When I lived in Dallas and boarded my horse, there was a knockout paint there. He’d done a LOT of winning in the Western Pleasure ring as well. BUT, that horse was the nastiest kicker I have EVER seen. He would deliberately wait until you got close, and then kick out sideways as hard as he could. When he accidentally got out of his stall and was wandering around the grounds, NO ONE – including me – would even TRY to get a halter on him. He was seriously dangerous. But, man, did he have COLOR.

    Like you said, don’t judge a book by its color.

  12. LOUIE COCROFT said

    BET THAT HORSE WAS A PRODUCT OF “HUMAN” BREEDING SELECTION–BREEDING FOR COLOR. HAD HE BEEN BORN IN THE WILD, THE LAW OF NATURAL SELECTION WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THAT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, OR HE WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT BY THE REST OF THE HERD.

  13. Anonymous said

    Tracie, this is great!!! Everyone should take the time to see this. Job well done!!

  14. reveil39 said

    Very sweet. Love the little guy.

    • Hey Reveil… Yea, he’s a sweetie pie. He loves the “nose kisses”… He sticks his nose out and tries to smell me so I blow towards his muzzle and he nods his head up and down. This has become a greeting ritual for us now as it has with most I have worked with before. He’s just a gem!
      T.

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  16. Great to meet Mighty Mouse. Was he a re-adopt or…? Beautiful guy…

  17. puller9 said

    What a great vid and what a great ‘little’ horse!!! Makes me sad that one of the girls I saw at my local ‘adoption event’ in October was never adopted. I’m trying to find a place for her before she goes to LTH. She’s only 2, what a terrible waste of a life.

    I love Dunny Sue. She’s a beauty and that’s a great name. I’m sure she has lots to teach Mr. MM!

  18. mgbjean@cs.com said

    Oh I am in love with Mighty Mouse, then again I am in love with all horses..Aren’t they something, something just so unexplainable but so understandable to one who loves everything about them, everything!! Oh I loved your video and that is some forever bud you have and he you because let’s be truthful. they have us, hee hee…It is so nice to meet you and look forward to seeing all the Happy Trails with you both..As I say, The Bond on the ground, only Sweeten the Bond on their back, which si amazing in itself, they allow us to sit upon their backs,as big as they are, they allow us..oh I could go on and on but…:O)

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