Morgan Pudden, equestrian trainer at the Flying W Ranch, Chase County,

There’s a bit of magic that goes on between the minds of horse and trainer. Even if I can’t understand it, it’s hard to miss as I sit on the steel corral fence to watch. I can now better appreciate the “horse whisperer” thing. This was a short morning study, before the summer sun turned too harsh for good photos. These photos aren’t really in the order they were taken. Also it’s two separate horses, brothers from the same father – but I think this sequence helps communicate parts of the training flow. But I’ll say again… there’s some mental voodoo and an understanding of horse psychology going on underneath it all.  And it takes some real toughness too.   This can be dangerous work.