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Horse Whisperer Shares Magical Bond With Animals

In San Antonio de Areco, a bastion of Argentine gaucho culture, Martin Tata is known as “the horse whisperer.”

. Martin Tata rides his horse Milonga as he guides other horses to a corral in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina.

In San Antonio de Areco, a bastion of Argentine gaucho culture outside the capital of Buenos Aires, the 33-year-old Tata is known as “the horse whisperer.” Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Tata stands on his horse Milonga during a performance on a ranch in San Antonio de Areco.

Eleven years ago, the horse trainer’s way of “breaking” horses without aggression caught the attention of a local rancher, who encouraged Tata to perform for tourists. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Tata embraces his horse Milonga.

Tata is a self taught horse trainer. For the past 11 years he has been showcasing his unique bond with horses through performances to tourists from around the world. Born and raised on a ranch in San Antonio de Areco, Tata has lived and worked amongst horses his entire life. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Tata kisses his horse Milonga.

There is no whip in sight, no shouting or loud jabs. Not even a firm hand on the reins. And yet Martin Tata somehow persuades his beloved Milonga to join him in acrobatic feats, from handstands to other poses that even the most understanding horses rarely display. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Martin Tata sits inside a room containing saddles on a ranch. Through soft touches, gentle coaxing and a few tender nuzzles, it seems Tata can sway his steeds to do just about anything. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Martin Tata gives a bath to his horse Milonga.

The 33-year-old explains that in each routine through short strokes, eye contact and coaxing words, he and the horse become one. Natacha Pisarenko / AP

. Tata lies with his horse Milonga on the grass during a performace. Images taken on May 29, 2014. Natacha Pisarenko / AP