Wild herds run free in Siskiyou county
By Paul Boerger Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:14 PM PDT
mentor Roxanne Talltree inches towards a recently acquired wild
mustang, Helaku, in a submissive manner. Speaking softly, she
attempts to gain the horse's trust.
Roxanne Talltree is a mustang mentor in the image of the Robert
Redford film The Horse Whisperer, but with an even gentler
Talltree subscribes to, and is available to consulting for, a
gentle method of horse training she says is necessary for wild
mustangs. Talltree says the old movie image of breaking horses
in a corral with one cowboy after another thrown off to the
cheers of their compatriots doesn't work with mustangs.
"Mustangs are different from domestic horses. You can't cowboy them or
break them to hard," Talltree said. "If you use gentler techniques, you
get a much better horse. You hope with patience, love and understanding,
you will become the mustang's chosen partner instead of his master."
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