A Green Country man fights the clock while trying to tame a wild horse. The News On 6â€™s Chris Wright reports as part of a national competition, professional trainer Ted Noland has been given 100 days to break a Mustang.
When Ted and Karen Noland picked up their wild Mustang this past Saturday, it didn't take them long to name him. Given his sheer size, they decided to call him Big Un.
"He's big and he's a little bit frightening, but I think he's going to be a good challenge, and I think we'll get a long way in 90 days," said Ted Noland.
The Noland's are taking part in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. One hundred trainers were selected from across the country. Each was given a wild Mustang from Nevada, and each will have 100 days to tame it, not exactly an easy task.
"In the wrong situation, if you're not safe, they can kill you. That's just a plain, simple truth," Ted Noland said.
The trainers will put their Mustangs on display in Texas in September. All of the horses will then be auctioned for adoption.
Karen Noland signed her husband up, and has even created a website so people can monitor Big Un's progress.
"He makes it look easy, but every step we take is hard,â€ said Karen Noland. â€œIt's hard work."
It's hard work that Ted Noland doesn't mind doing, and Big Un has been cooperating.
Ted Noland says Big Un is surprisingly trusting, and thinks he'll even be able to put a saddle on him this week. Win or lose, he plans on cherishing his time with the Mustang.
"When you take a horse that is this wild and get him to turn and look at you, that's my thrill," Ted Noland said.
The Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will be held on September 22 in Fort Worth.
The Mustangs will be judged on their conditioning and groundwork.
Watch the video: Local Horse Trainer Competing In National Competition