Spotlight on Los Alamos: From wild to mild – One trainer's mission

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By Gabriel Vasquez

“From Wild to Mild” is the mission of local horse trainer Joslyn Pretz.

She has only two-and-a-half months left to tame and ride the once-wild Darwin, a Nevada mustang she adopted from Paul’s Valley, Okla., in hopes of taking home the top prize at the “Extreme Mustang Makeover” (EMM).

EMM is a nationwide training competition scheduled to be held in Ft. Worth, Texas, later this year.

“Right now, we’re doing groundwork: grooming, sacking out, leading, picking up feet, introducing him to new things,” she said. “I intend to start him under saddle next week.”

Pretz and her husband John recently relocated to Pojoaque from Maryland as a result of a fellowship opportunity for John at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Pretz took the reins on evolving her love for horses into “Premium Sport Horses,” a training service specializing in young horses and ponies.

Pretz focuses on developing the equines into successful riders in several disciplines, including eventing, dressage, hunting and jumping. She also offers for sale a select group of talented horses at various stages of training.

Darwin, the two-and-a-half-year old mustang captured from the wilderness in Clark County, Nev., has been one of Pretz’s biggest challenges.

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