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Extreme mustang horse challenge under way at MTSU

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Things are going to be 'wild' in Murfreesboro this weekend as horse trainers and wild horses compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Fifty-three horse trainers just spent the last 90 days taming the wild horses, and now they are vying for a cash prize during the event at MTSU's Miller Coliseum.

According to the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the mustang population in America doubles every four years.

Extreme Mustang Makeovers are held to help control the wild mustang population and share the legacy of the American breed.

"There are currently about 40,000 wild mustangs that are in BLM holding facilities that need adopted homes. What our program is designed to do is show they make excellent riding horses, and to increase adoptions," said Jennifer Hancock, with the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

The mustangs will be available to the public for adoption Sunday.

Extreme Mustang Makeover organizers say some trainers adopt the horses they've started because of the bond they form.

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