We wondered what happened to Cash the Mustang, the four-year-old gelding that competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition here at Colorado State University last June. I ran into Cash’s foster mother and trainer, Jessica Dabkowski, at Jax Ranch and Home just before Christmas, and asked her to send me the latest. Cash was adopted at the competition, and Jessica still trains him. Her news:
"Cash has been doing great, and will be staying with me until most likely this spring, when Lauren will be able to take him home and he will be a trail horse for her. She has ridden him a handful of times and they have done really well together. So far, Lauren has been the only person other than me to ride him -- the first time she rode him Cash had a bit of a quizzical look on his face, as if to say, "If you're on the ground, then who's on my back?" But he quickly got used to how Lauren rides and how she asks for things and such.
I've been taking Cash out on the trails around my neighborhood (Bonner Peak) occasionally and he's still a rock star out there. I've used him to pony less experienced horses out on the trail and his calming influence helps them so much. I'm still amazed to say that I use a four-year-old Mustang to pony "less experienced" horses!
Since the makeover competition, Cash and I competed in an Extreme Cowboy Race in Nebraska (we took 6th place), participated in a mounted shooting clinic, and competed in an ACTHA ride (competitive trail ride) which we took 2nd place out of about 15 horses. He's been a blast to work with and I'll be both happy and sad to see him go home with Lauren this spring.
I also had a student's mom who wanted to do a photo shoot with her
daughter on a horse in an open area (no fences) with nothing on the horse. I thought Cash would be a good candidate for this since he's so calm and reliable. He was very good and stood nicely for the photo shoot."
P.S. When we last talked, Jessica planned to apply for this year’s Extreme Makeover competition, and try another Mustang. Good luck, Jessica!