There are just some people who can’t be broken. Such is the case with Ryan Miller. As a teenager, his strong will kept him in constant conflict with a world that didn’t respect young men with straight-laced values, and a church culture that didn’t know how to make room for a kid who refused to conform to the rules. A baseball coach once made the observation that Ryan’s rebellious spirit reminded him of a wild Mustang — a powerful force that can’t be broken, but instead needs to be tamed.
Ryan eventually learned to channel his wild impulses with the help of his coaches and male mentors, but the real turning point in his own life happened after he recognized that familiar Mustang spirit in a young man named Matt. By all accounts, Matt was a “lost boy” who was on a “bad path,” and anyone who tried to save him simply couldn't catch him. But instead of seeing a troubled kid that needed to be saved, Ryan saw a Mustang who needed to be set free. Matt had only just begun to live and thrive inside of his newfound freedom when a horrific accident took his life and left Ryan searching for meaning in such a senseless loss. In his grief, the only comfort he could find came in the form of a single sentence: I’d rather tame a Mustang than inspire a mule.
Although having zero knowledge of horses, Ryan researches the wild untouched Mustangs that freely roam the plains of our country. The parallels he discovers between wild mustangs and wild young men are uncanny. Without a purpose and overpopulation to the land these mustangs are being round up and often put “out to pasture” in the same way Ryan has seen our culture treat our misguided youth. In his journey he meets a wild mustang trainer, Byron Hogan, a horse whispering modern day cowboy. A former lost boy himself, Byron immediately understands the vision stirring in Matt’s heart.
That unbreakable spirit that Ryan and Matt share lives on as Ryan and renowned horse trainer, Byron Hogan, join forces to tame three wild boys alongside three wild Mustangs. In a round pen, on a remote ranch in Colorado, the cameras will capture the remarkable hope that will surely be discovered when wild hearts finally find a new direction to run.
"The parallels he discovers between wild mustangs and wild young men are uncanny."