Walt and Bert and Dondi are living in Dumas Texas, in a motel transformed into apartments when commercial oil production brought transient workers to the area. This particular motel complex is set back from the road behind a dismal mechanic’s garage, overlooking nothing, nothing, nothing.
The mechanic owns the whole shootin’ match: the garage, the motel, and the land. This mechanic fellow travels to Colorado a few times a year and rounds up wild horses in order to sell them off.
The horse pictured with Dondi is not one of those horses — this is Babe. Babe lives in a half-assed corral, littered with cast-off items, and Dondi has attached herself to this gentle giant in no small way.
Dondi has no real experience with horses, and yet she is a natural, flinging her leg up and over the horse, riding around the property bareback because Babe never was afforded a saddle.