Apache has turned out to be a very friendly little mustang! It’s obvious that his previous owner cared for him and spent a lot of time with him. He’s great about picking up his feet, stands tied, and longes fairly well. He did so well today that I put a saddle on him and cinched him up. I stood on my mounting log so I’d be above him, put weight in the stirrup, laid across his back and patted him all over, and shifted the saddle around and made a bunch of noise over him. He really couldn’t have cared less about any of it.
Next time I’ll put a bridle and snaffle bit on him and line drive to make sure he understands the bit. After that, it’s just a matter of hopping on and getting his under saddle training going. He’s going to make some little kid a heck of a good horse!