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True frequent flyers may believe they've seen everything on planes, but travelers at three different airports on Tuesday were treated to something really rarea service animal boarding a Southwest Air flight. This wasn't just any service animal, however; this was a mini-horse named "Cali," being filmed for a documentary.
Cali's story isn't so different from that of a seeing-eye dog in that she was trained (in Saratoga Springs, NY) and now finds a home helping a blind girl through life. Her owner, Mona Ramouni, is a grad student at MSU in Lansing, Michigan. So, when the Australian show "Sunday Night" decided to focus on Mona and Cali's story, it was only natural to return to where it all began, in Saratoga Springs. For this, the horsey would have to fly.
A small movie with big heart has been winning over audiences on the film festival circuit this year, and now horse enthusiasts have the opportunity to study with the man behind the film. The movie Buck follows the life of Buck Brannaman, the real-life Horse Whisperer who inspired the 1998 movie.
Buck documents Brannaman's life, from his abusive childhood to his unusual approach to horse-training. Today, Buck teaches people to communicate with horses through instinct, not punishment. He seems to have the ability to not only transform horses, but also people, through his understanding, compassion and respect.
The cowboys of northern Spain put on a spectacular show every summer, rounding up herds of wild horses and taming them in a public spectacle known as La Rapa das Bestas. The tradition, which is thought to date back to the Bronze Age, involves bringing the beautiful beasts into a corral known as a curro where a handful of brave agarradores - both male and female - grapple with them until they are branded and shorn of their manes. Then the horses are fed and groomed while a wild festival unfolds across the village.
Participants and spectators say that the horses aren't mistreated in the process, but I can't say I'd appreciate being tossed to the ground and burned by a hot iron. That said, the horses do get to trade in a hardscrabble, hoof-to-mouth existence in the wild plains of Galicia for a life of unlimited food and relative ease, so maybe they are better off for the trouble. The events occur throughout July and August in Galician villages such as Sabucedo, so if you're in the area, ask the locals when the next herd of wild horses will be passing through.