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A Gentle Approach: Trainer Suzanne Myers helps mustangs go from 'wild to wow' at her Port Matilda stables

by on July 26, 2019 1:14 PM

Suzanne Myers operates Next Level Horsemanship in Port Matilda,where she and her staff board and train horses, and teach people to become better handlers and riders.

Once a year, she participates in the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro adoption program. Wild horses are brought from the West to her stables in Port Matilda to exhibit to prospective buyers. If a buyer is interested in having her train the horse, Myers works through a process she calls “gentling,” in which she slowly desensitizes the horse to touch.

Wild horses see humans as predators, and keep a constant distance from them. Poles, ropes, saddles, and hands are the tools that make horses understand that touch is nothing to fear. Then Myers is able to unite horse with owner.

Taming a wild horse is a labor of love, requiring patience and hours of hard work. Knowing that the result of her work is the beginning of a partnership between horse and rider, however, is the reward.

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