WILD BEAUTY: MUSTANG SPIRIT OF THE WEST- Review by Valerie Kalfrin

From its title and opening moments, one might think that Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West is merely a tribute to these majestic animals. Medium closeup shots show them bathed in golden sunlight, dreamily shaking themselves off as a foal snuggles next to its mother. The sky turns blue and purple as the sun sets, and writer-director Ashley Avis segues to a wide shot of them galloping, her voiceover calling them “ghosts of the desert.”

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WILD HORSE, WILD RIDER – Documentary Retroview by Jennifer Merin

It may sound like a reality TV show, but it’s an annual event that has become a way of life for devoted participants. It’s The Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, and it’s the subject of this documentary film. The premise is simple: place 100 wild mustang horses in the hands of 100 capable trainers and give the trainers 100 days to tame the mustangs, teach them a series of tricks and perform with them as a horse and trainer team in a competitive horse show.

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