Mustangs | Spirit of the Shrinking West, National Geographic Magazine: Wild Horse Trainer Adopts Mustangs

Cowgirl horse trainer soulfully looks into eyes of her wild horse.

Kitty Lauman nuzzles one the mustangs she has trained while her young daughter Josie rides another that is her favorite. Highly respected for her gentle but firm manner with difficult horses, Lauman started her career as a trainer at the age of nine and under the guidance of her grandfather, John Sharp. She later became a top Pee Wee and High School Rodeo contestant, competing in barrel racing and cutting, and won the title of Miss Rodeo Oregon in 1994.  

Lauman earned high esteem as a trainer when she placed second in the first Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition where thirty trainers from all over the U.S. were selected to trained young, unhandled wild horses over a 30-day period.

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