Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rounding up the wild mustangs: ‘Unbranded film documents ride along continental divide, plight of the wild mustang

Auburnjournal.com - Full Article

January 11 2016
By: Carol Guild, Features Editor

Some men are no match for the mustangs. Some mustangs are no match for men.

The rugged young cowboys who traveled 3,000 miles along the continental divide experienced both — and more.

Filmmaker Ben Masters, a graduate of Texas A&M University, and two of his friends first rode a 2,000-mile pack trip along the divide in 2010. “It seemed like a good way to spend a summer between college semesters,” Masters said.

After buying some mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to carry some gear, they quickly learned how well the horses perform. “Some of them are really good horses,” Masters said.

That’s when he came up with the concept for the film “Unbranded” about the plight of the wild mustangs.

“There are 50,000 mustangs in holding pens costing the government about $75 million a year,” Masters said. “Some people think it’s a good use of money and nobody has a solution. Some people think they are an endangered species. Some think they’re an invasive species.”

A screening of the film will be shown Tuesday in Auburn.

The event is a fundraiser for the Western States Trails Foundation...

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