“As much love as you put in to them, they’re going to give that back to you.”
My Heroes Were Cowboys, a short documentary (running time: 22 minutes) from Tyler Greco, is the story of what we have come to think of as a horse whisperer. He is a man who has the ability to connect with horses on manly levels.
Robin Wiltshire grew up in rural Australia in an emotionally cold home. He was viewed as “the runt of the litter” and received very little love from his father. Movie and TV westerns were his escape and his dream was to be able to work with horses. He now lives in Wyoming where he trains horses for films. You’ve probably seen some of his work, because it includes working with the Budweiser Clydesdales in commercials.
Wiltshire is very much at home with his horses and connects with them individually. That connection is based on finding a spark in each one that allows the relationship between trainer and animal to be beneficial for each.
The film provides beautiful vistas of Wyoming as we watch Wiltshire work with the horses and share a bit of his own view of what that work entails. As the quote above notes, he puts love into that work. His approach of using love in such a way should also bear like fruit in our own personal relationships.
My Heroes Were Cowboys is available on Netflix
Photos courtesy of Netflix.