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  • Summary: 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. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Aug 23, 2012
    70
    The first interactions between human and animal are fascinating, as the trainers often apply different approaches. As the horses learn to trust their trainers, connections grow into deep bonds.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 8, 2012
    70
    With its gorgeous big-sky vistas, stirring shots of the majestic mustangs and intimate bits between trainers and trainees, Wild Horse proves a warm and memorable ride.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    This gorgeous-looking documentary is crying out to be remade as a family film feature.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    Frustrations abound with this limited film, but Wild Horse, Wild Ride does one thing exceptionally well, and that is convey the emotional bond between trainer and horse.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 21, 2012
    50
    Even its most interesting human subjects can't compare to the beauty and enigma of the wild horses who, after a life of running free, find themselves forced to two-step and bow to bizarre commands.
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Aug 23, 2012
    38
    If this sounds like the premise of one of those tiresome Discovery Channel docu-tainments, it's because it essentially is, only heavily abbreviated to fit the feature-film format.
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  1. Feb 7, 2013
    9
    This is a wonderful documentary whether you like horses or not. A great character study of the people who devote their time to help these animals and the range of difficulty the horses themselves bring to the table. Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2012
    9
    The different approaches and training, and communication with these animals was interesting. An ancient art domesticating these wild animals. Watching the various methods the subjects employ is particularly enjoyable if you have or know an animal yourself. I realized, or thought about, for the first time watching this movie, that Horses are not really food motivated like say a dog. You don't see these horses being trained with a bag of treats. Seems the horse is much more discriminating than a dog and more skittish. Which to me, makes this movie and the relationships people have with these horses all the better. Another super cool thing about this movie is that it got me thinking about the value of these horses. A renewable federally managed resource. Like fish and game kinda. If these american horsemen can help manage that resource by uncovering the value of these wild animals, it could help protect the wild mustang. Good American stuff. Collapse