La Crosse Tribune
Published - Sunday, August 12, 2007

Alma horse trainer tames wild mustang for competition, adoption

ALMA, Wis. � When Robin Secrist brought home his wild mustang on June 9, the horse had never been touched by humans.

The 4-year-old horse he named Buster tried to strike, bite and run away, but Secrist was patient.

By the first week of August, Secrist, 49, was riding Buster at his Alma ranch, shooting pistols from the saddle and running chainsaws without Buster flinching a bit.

This was truly a mustang makeover.

Though it is Secrist’s first time training a wild horse, his hard work could pay off. He is one of 100 trainers nationwide competing for a grand prize of $10,000 in the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

The competition is part of a campaign to manage wild horse populations through capture and adoption.

“This is one of the most exciting events we have seen in a long time, because our goal is to find good homes for animals we remove from the range,” said Sally Spencer, Wild Horse and Burro Program...

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Adopt a mustang

The Bureau of Land Management currently has wild horses and burros up for adoption in Mequon, Wis. To set up an appointment, call 1-800-293-1781. To find out more about adopting a wild horse or burro, call 1-866-4-MUSTANGS or visit

“Extreme Mustang Makeover” will air on RFD Television’s Wide World of Horses from August to December 2007.

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