In March I adopted a Mustang online. It wasn't just any Mustang, it was a Sulphur Mustang from a special herd in Utah. I had fallen in love with this strain a few years ago when I went to look at a Sulphur stallion for sale. They are similar to the Kigers and are 90 some percent pure original Spanish Conquistador horse. He is a silver grulla with zebra striped legs and a black mane and tail with blonde streaks. As far as I know, no one has ever competed one in endurance. I hope to be the first. I arranged to have him shipped from Utah to Palomino Valley near Reno. Then I discovered I could have him gelded for free. I had to wait 3 weeks for him to heal before I could go get him. By now it was early May. I went with a friend who had a stock trailer which we backed up to the chute while one of the wranglers shut him in to the chute. He is only 3 and 13 hands, just a pony, yet as soon as he was shut into the chute he started to climb it and got both front legs hooked over the top, like eight feet up! The wrangler just threw a loop of rope over his head and pulled him back down. My friend, on who's place I was going to keep him initially, said, "we're screwed, he can climb 8' fences!" I said, "don't say that, it'll be fine, you'll see." All the way home we were nervous. Then I remembered all the tall grass we let grow in the enclosure, and I figured that would get his mind off leaving. Sure enough, when we let him out into the pen he settled right down and started grazing. Soon the rest of the horses came around the perimeter and greeted him and he settled right in. Within a week all the grass was gone and he had to settle for hay. He was skittish, but was OK with me being in the enclosure with him as long as I didn't get too close. I made a habit of sitting just outside his pipe corral stall while he ate. After a couple of weeks he even let me stay in the stall with him while he ate. After another week he started eating hay out of my hand. I could just barely touch his nose while he ate. I tried approaching him in the enclosure, but he was not ready for that. The horse in my profile picture is his best buddy and hangs out at the fence with him a lot. Occasionally he reaches through the fence and nips him on the butt. I started reading tips on a website of a ranch that specializes on gentling Mustangs. One idea is to start touching him initially with a long bamboo pole. Eventually you can use it to put a loop over his head. My first try at this was met with much snorting and running around, with even a few bucks. I backed off and planned to try it again later. In the meantime my friend has reported that he sniffed his feet while they were up on the rail, and snuffled his hair with his lip. I am 30 miles away and can only get out there about once a week. I am on a search for a place closer to home so I can spend more time with him before he gets more bonded to my friend than me. I would like to get him round penned by this fall, and maybe even started under saddle. But first I have to get a halter on him.