TONGANOXIE, KS (NBC) - Jay Miller hits the open road 40 hours a week as a truck driver, but in his spare time he shares a special bond with wild mustangs.
The Tonganoxie, KS resident is currently training 6-year-old Levi.
"I enjoy working with the wild horses because each of them has their own personality," Miller said. "They're super smart."
Levi was given to Miller by the Bureau of Land Management with the hopes that he could teach and tame the wild four-legged sensation with a bit of a deadline. He has 100 days to get Levi ready for the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition which will be held in Lincoln, NE.
But Levi is blind.
"He's come a long ways for the short time I've had him," Miller said. "For being blind he lets me ride him out in open field. He has to trust my hands, legs and go where I tell him to go."
Miller will have to guide Levi through several obstacles, both on walking and riding. In all, roughly 60 horses will compete. Levi is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and Miller hopes he places in the top 10. But that's not why he signed up for the event.
"I signed up for the competition to save a wild horse," Miller said.
After the three-day event concludes, Levi will go up for public auction - a day that will be a win-win for both horse and trainer.
"Riding any wild horse is totally awesome, but riding a blind wild horse is phenomenal," Miller said. "It's unbelievable."
Levi suffers from cataracts and is very sensitive to light. Miller is hoping to raise nearly $6,000 for surgery that will correct his eyesight.
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