This wonderfully different and engaging story (formerly titled Wild Horse
) tackles themes of arrogance, treachery, self-sacrifice, forgiveness and hope.
It follows Przewalski, a wild horse (one of the original breed which roams the fringes of Outer Mongolia) on the adventure of a lifetime. Human encroachment is forcing him ever farther into rocky terrain, where he is having trouble keeping his footing.
Fearful of tripping and breaking his legs, Przewalski goes looking for a way to make himself more sure-footed and is drawn to a stable with six domesticated horses, each of a different breed, that are part of a once-thriving rodeo show. Alas, Rodeo Mongolia has fallen on hard times. Conditions are cramped, resources scarce, several of the horses are haughty, and Przewalski is rudely sent away.
Through internal treachery, and as a result of desperation for more living space, the horses in the stable are exposed to equine encephalitis and find themselves in a life-threatening situation. Salvation lies only in transfusions from an uncontaminated horse with a strong immune system -- Przewalski, whom they have shunned.