Owning a Kiger Mustang
Owning a Kiger Mustang and giving him or her a loving home, is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Kigers are amazingly intuitive and loving. They also make incredibly dedicated companions. But horses live for approximately 30 something years; adopting a horse is a lifetime commitment. Horses require a lot of time as they need loads of exercise, love and care. So do the research before you decide. If you think you are up for it –- we guarantee you won't regret it. Kiger mustangs are absolutely amazing!
It will take patience, skill and
Before you adopt or purchase a wild horse:
loving care to get here
Bringing a Kiger Mustang home is not remotely akin to picking up a lab puppy at the pet store. Many times, horses suffer neglect from well-meaning people who didn't know what to do with a wild horse once they got it home. Some people want the challenge of "breaking" a wild horse. This is not a good reason to obtain a Kiger. These horses have a deep-rooted fear of any living predator animal. People should own a Kiger for the same reason they would purchase any other horse: they are looking for a friend, companion, sport horse, or working tool. But they must realize that the process of "gentling" a wild Kiger requires passion, patience, and skill. Please investigate the process and talk to other Kiger owners who have gone through the experience. Know beforehand what is required and decide if you can take on the commitment.
Some people who decide to adopt do so because they think they are saving the horse from death or slaughter; this is not the case. Wild Horses are protected by the "Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act" and are cared for by the BLM. Horses and burros determined to be "un-adoptable" are eventually sent to a sanctuary to live out their days (on pasture); they are not put to death. You are not saving a horse by adopting it, and it may be worse off than before. [BLM online information library]
To adopt a Kiger from the BLM you must first show that you have a facility that can accommodate a wild horse. There are other qualifications that must be met as well. [BLM adoption program web page]
When a Kiger is obtained from the BLM, the applicant becomes an "adopter." The new adopter must accept a one year guardianship period for the horse. During this year if the horse becomes unwanted or abused the BLM as guardian can require its return for their safe-keeping until an appropriate home can be found. Once the year is up, the adopter will receive an application for title. They will need to get a certified individual to come and inspect the horse and facility to insure it has been well cared for -- getting title is not automatic after one year. If everything is in order and the inspection is passed, the one year guardianship ends and the title application is approved. Now the once-wild horse from a BLM management area is a titled Kiger Mustang and passes into private custody; it can now be sold or traded like any other horse. All horses of BLM origin are branded at some time, but the titled must be earned by the adopter.
A horse that is not obtained from the BLM will not carry the BLM brand or be a titled Kiger Mustang. The brand and title assures that the horse has an authentic Kiger bloodline.
The Kiger Refuge only deals with horses that can be validated as BLM branded or titled Kigers. We are chartered to serve the authentic Kiger community and breeders who maintain the integrity of the Kiger bloodline. If you decide to purchase a Kiger from private sources, find a breeder you can trust to offer only authentic Kiger Mustangs with verifiable origin.
There are two competing private organizations that offer registration for Kiger Mustangs. We cannot endorse either at this time, but here are the links to both.
[Kiger Horse Association & Registry]
[Kiger Mesteño Association]