Mustangs | Spirit of the Shrinking West, National Geographic Magazine: Horse Trainer Rides In Nevada Desert Landscape

One horse and rider kick up dust in dry grasslands in American West.

 

Galloping in circles and creating a dusty cloud in the golden brown desert outside Winnemucca, Nevada, Tom King trains his horse for the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition.  King says he is gentle but firm with Jimmy, who is spirited, willing, and full of energy. The three year old was born in Palomino Valley in Nevada and adopted after the contest.

The Mustang Makeover is held annually to raise awareness for the adoptability of wild horses. Approximately 100 trainers are given unhandled, wild horses, and compete after 100 days to show off their skills.

 

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