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Unbranded talks with NickerNews, Part Four

Published: 8/6/2013
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Editor’s Note:

Our interview with Unbranded’s Ben Masters continues as the four men head into Yellowstone National Park with their horses and burro. It's familiar territory for Masters, who traveled here a few years ago on a similar trek, mostly along the Continental Divide, from New Mexico to Canada.

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Read Part III
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Photos courtesy of Unbranded.

NickerNews: Looking ahead, how does your route look?

Masters: It’s going to be great. This is the jewel of the trip right here. It’s the deepest backcountry in the lower 48. Probably 300 miles and you only cross two or three roads.
But there’s a lot of buffalo up here.
And bears and wolves.
A little more larger animals up here.

NickerNews: Are you concerned that the horses would be attacked?

Masters: It’s not so much that they’d attack us, but the horses get really frightened from stuff like that. Moose and that kind of thing. They scare your horses.
I think we’re well prepared for it. If anything does happen we have an escape route and satellite phone…But I think we’ll be just fine.

NickerNews: There’s such a contrast between that ‘being in wilderness’ state of mind and then what you’ll encounter when you finish the trip, with the documentary production, marketing, appearances, and all that. It will be a bit of a culture shock won’t it?

Masters: Yeah, I didn’t really think that one all the way through (laughing). I don’t think any of us wanted to make the film to do anything but make a conservation message and to try to promote the adoption of these wild horses.

You’re right. It’s going to be a hassle, being in the spotlight sometimes. But I think we have the ability to make a powerful message conservation of open spaces and the adoption of mustangs.

That’s what we set out to do. So that’s what we’re going to try to get done. "We have the ability to make a powerful message conservation of open spaces and the adoption of mustangs.
That’s what we set out to do. So, that’s what we’re going to try to get done."

NickerNews: So you’ll smile nice and walk the red carpet?

Masters: If it’s in the fall, I probably won’t be there. …It depends on the season. I don’t know. I don’t want to make any predictions….I don’t know how much of that we’re going to do.
Only time will tell.
None of us has ever made a film or done anything like this, so I have absolutely no idea of what all it will entail, to be perfectly honest.
To market this thing and get it out there, I have no idea of what to expect. I think a lot is going to stand on the quality of product that we produce.

Coming Next: Tiny BLM burro befriends massive buffalo. Plus, surprising reaction to bear sightings...

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8/8/2013 Jane (UK)
Loving these snippets Maddy, thank you!...those boys and their horses are awesomely amazing! ( or should that be amazingly awesome?!) anyways...lookiing forward to the next installment! :)

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