Horse training is a tough task and getting them ready to be shown in a specific time frame can be a tough call for many horse trainers. Especially wild horses and mustangs take a long time to become mild. However, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has come up with a mission to train these horses in just 100 days.
The competition known as “Extreme Mustang Makeover” takes place each year where trainers from all over the USA accept the challenge to tame the wild. Professional trainers are paired with American mustangs that are brought from their natural surroundings and are almost untouched by humans. The trainer has approximately 100 days to teach the mustangs how to be gentle. They are also required to saddle train and teach halter breaking to the horses.
The year 2016 will be the third year of the show’s inception. The winners of the show are given cash prizes and other items upon completion of each event. In the end, horses are auctioned to suitable adopters from the many spectators and trainers present at the show.
Of course, the trainers find it hard to part with their horses after the competition ends. Most of them end up adopting the horses that they trained.
Joshua Mani adopted ‘Liberty’ whom he tamed to be mild in the last year’s competition. “It is a struggle many times to purchase the mustangs of choice amongst the many potential buyers”, he comments. However, he was successful. He just like other horse trainers who ready the horses for such shows have a bonding with the equines. They become like family members for them and it is hard to see them go to a different owner.
Another horse trainer Katherine McClure says that she doesn’t plan to adopt Bud, the horse she is paired with. However, the 22-year old trainer who works at High Desert Equestrian Center in Twin Falls hopes that Bud will be a good companion to some other owner thanks to her training and teaching method.
McClure’s mustang Bud was amongst those who were displaced in the Soda Fire that burned more than 280,000 acres of land. This year’s show will see horses from Idaho for the first time. Katherine McClure says that it was hard to even touch Bud in the starting days. It took her several weeks to start the bonding phase but now they are both inseparable and Bud listens as well as obey to every command that is uttered by her.
The Extreme Mustang Makeover is a great initiative by the Mustang Heritage Foundation where more than 7000 horses have been trained to be mild and put in their new home successfully. The show is a must witness for all horse lovers. The horses and the trainers are all set to hit the hay for another successful event. Good Luck to all those competing!
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