Alabama trainers mold mustangs into cherished pets

The marvelous-looking mustangs collect together near the far end of the pen at the sound of the gate swinging open.

Wess Ehret slowly walks toward them, calling out with a calming voice. The horses gather even closer to each other, trying to avoid him as much as possible.

Eventually, Ehret’s patience pays off. He coaxes Colorado his way. That’s the name of one of the friendlier mustangs. Ehret balls his hand into a fist and lets the horse smell it.

Soon, Colorado is convinced Ehret is not a predator, and allows him to pet him.

“This one likes to be pals,” Ehret said.

One by one, the mustangs are warming to trainers Ehret and Katrina Robbins these days.

Their ultimate goal is for the mustangs to become so familiar with people that they will be adoptable, and it seems that goal is on its way to being reached.

The Central Heights couple is among trainers across the nation selected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for the Wild Horse and Burro Management Program. The effort is designed to help control overpopulation of wild mustangs.

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