Each year thousands of wild horses are rounded up and removed from public lands by the U.S. Government. All will need permanent homes. None has ever been touched by a human hand.
Wild Horse, Wild Ride tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals.
Stunning and poignant, Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus' debut feature documentary chronicles a handful of unforgettable characters from their first uneasy meeting with their horses and over three months as they attempt to transform from scared strangers to the closest of companions.
Eventually all will converge in Fort Worth, Texas, to compete against each other and offer the horses up for adoption at an auction in which the trainers, if they wish to keep their horses, must bid against the public. Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a "crowd-pleaser with a big heart," the film traverses across the United States to tell stories of the profound the bonds that can develop between people and animals. From the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Navajo Nation to the heart of Cowboy Country, the film captures a journey that is at times harrowing, humorous, heartwarming and heartbreaking as these wild spirits- both human and horse- embark on the ride of their lives.
Sponsoring this event is Intentional Horsemanship, an equine teaching and training organization started by Nikaline Iacono. She believes that if we approach our interactions with our horses with more awareness and direction, our outcomes will be more successful. That basic premise, combined with classical dressage and natural horsemanship principles, guides her training philosophy. She is especially interested in working with rescued horses, and those that have been labeled as "problem horses.
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