How do you tame horses with indomitable spirits, those who are easily frightened, have caused injury, don't want to be ridden or seem just plain dangerous? Call Martin Ochoteco, a non-traditional Argentinean horse trainer renowned for his unique ability to develop an amazing and unforgettable bond with these beautiful creatures. Ochoteco possesses the distinct ability to rehabilitate the most extreme cases through a mix of patience, trust and finely tuned body language to assess the horse's needs.
Each episode documents a journey to a new Latin American destination and showcases Martin's skills working a specific horse. He explains, "My taming methods are based on confidence and communication. I know that every time I work to tame a wild horse, something in the universe is changing." Follow el Domador de Caballos in this new and original four-part Spanish-language production for Nat Geo Mundo, premiering on February 3, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT.
Pistolas – Premieres February 3, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT
Zarina – Premieres February 10, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT
Atila – Premieres February 17, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT
Zeus – Premieres February 24, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT
El Domador de Caballos delves into the world of horse training, a difficult task for an animal that is stubborn, smart and acts on instinct. For Martin, his form of doing it is through peaceful taming, it's always necessary to have patience and keep in mind to never use force. The majority of horses with traumas have been exposed to a lot of violence. Violence only hinders the taming and betterment of the horse. Take Pistolas for example, an equine notorious for throwing his riders and refusing to be used in "charrerias," a competitive event and one of Mexico's national pastimes that is similar to rodeos. Martin's task is executing a seamless plan by removing the animal from his usual surroundings and taking him deep into the forest in an attempt to understand and expose his worst habits and fears and, ultimately, build trust. Only time will tell if Martin's interpretation of the horse's needs will work to solve this case of personality differences.
Continue the journey to Colombia to meet Sandra, a young rider with a disability working to ride Zarina for hippotherapy, a form of therapy done with horses. Zarina balks at being ridden, putting her ability to help Sandra as a hippotherapy horse in jeopardy. Martin can't afford to make a mistake here; he must work to subdue the animal and will the horse to participate in the critical therapy sessions needed to help Sandra.
Don't miss this rare look at the world of horse training as Nat Geo Mundo shares how Martin Ochoteco adapts his knowledge and methods to each particular horse to ensure the best results.