After this white Mustang was rescued last year after she was found running up the 210 Freeway in Sylmar, California, she came to the Total Equestrian Experience in Chatsworth where horse trainer Jen Fox adopted her. The horse was underweight and scared of humans when she arrived at the barn. The veterinarian and the trainers believed that she had been abused.
They named the feisty beauty Dixie, and then the difficult but rewarding journey began. It’s an arduous task to tame a horse, but taming a wild horse is an entirely different undertaking. When a trainer tried to ride her, the wild mustang went into a basically a rodeo-style routine.
“She got extremely defensive, and very hard to tame,” he said. Then an unlikely trainer came along: Ella, Jan’s 10-year-old daughter.
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Initially, Fox thought she had made a mistake. Dixie was a challenge for the trainers. But the connection between Ella and Dixie was instantaneous.
“We have a unique connection,” Ella said. “I think she likes me a lot.”
Then the unthinkable happened. The wild horse was tamed. The two recently conquered their first competition and came in fourth place. The reward for Dixie included ‘lots of carrots and hugs.’
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