In the Orenburg Region, there is a ranch which looks like a set of a Western. The owner of all that is Oleg, 48, a local Russian Indian.
He works at a private horse club taking care of its horses. He loves his job which is at the same time his hobby. His life is that of a real American Indian, with a cowboy hat, a bow, a horse and a dog named Fox. His life changed when, in the 70s, he saw the movie ‘Chingachgook, the Great Snake’. After that, he fell in love with American Indians and everything related to them. At age of 10, he went in for equestrian sports, archery and athletics.
Now, he easily hits a pack of cigarettes from a 20-meter distance.
He gave up equestrian sport, which he was rather successful in, because at some point he realized that it had nothing to do with Indians. So did his wife Svetlana. They both exchanged their sporting careers for love and care for horses.
At first, they lived in the city, but then sold their apartment and moved to the country to live in a wooden ranch and to be closer to horses. Their daughter is currently studying economics in Orenburg, but it is obvious that she also has some passion for country life and horses.
What a curious horse! He wants to know what the camera is!
Oleg says that he is against any interference into the nature of horses, such as shoeing or cambing their hair. Also, horses need to communicate with each other and people make big mistakes when they lock them up in a stall. In the club, they tried to make living conditions as close to natural as possible which is reflected in the behaviour of the horses. They look happy and playful.
Oleg and his wife were very happy to learn that Gojko Mitic, the main character from ‘Chingachgook’, was going to visit their ranch.
In the picture: the two Indians shooting a bow.
It surprised Gojko Mitic, 70, that in a faraway Russian region there is a family so interested in Indians and his work.
When Oleg learnt about the upcoming visit of his idol, he purchased this leather saddle for Gojko to leave his autograph on. Gojko was not easy to pursuade to leave his sign because he didn’t want to spoil the expensive saddle.
Oleg emphasises that now it’s priceless and not for sale.
The bow and arrows are made of bones, wood and leather.
They do not train these horses but let them have fun by themselves.