"What if horses were given a choice? Would they let us ride them? Without force or tools to control, and without bribes to lure them?"
Elsa Sinclair spent a year on this journey, with Myrnah, a 5yr old wild Mustang off the range, no tools, or ropes, just the two of them and the language they developed together. She didn't know if it could be done.
Since then, Elsa has created her globally successful online course 'Freedom Based Training' and travelled extensively around the world teaching clinics. 2018 saw the making of her second film Taming Wild; Pura Vida, documenting a trek across Costa Rica, on foot, with two rescued horses, helping them build trust and confidence in humans, so they may have a chance to be rehomed.
Since then we have been watching Elsa embark on another, more complex Taming Wild project - 'Evolution'. This project pushes the boundaries even further as she works with two stallions, all the while asking the same questions, but getting very different answers! Elsa documents her work in her deeply honest and inspiring blog, which you can read here www.equineclarity.org/.
Check out Elsa's website www.tamingwild.com, to be transported into a world of inspiration, where anything might be possible, with just the right approach.
In the meantime watch the trailers for the Taming Wild and Pura Vida, below, after which, we defy you not to be instantly compelled to buy it and to bring your horse to the clinic!
If you are not familiar with Elsa's work, or with the Taming Wild movie then be prepared to be blown away!
"For the last 25 years, I have committed myself to building collaborative training methods with horses as partners in development. This ever evolving journey has lead me to create what I call Freedom Based Training™. This is the basis for the training I believe all trainers use and too few talk about. Do you understand your choices in training? Do you understand the pros and cons of being more or less dominant in your development with horses? I aim to help everyone understand their choices and build a course of action that most suits their situation. I work with any breed focusing on depth of relationship, harmony, and collaborative training between horse and human."
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES:
FOR THE MAXIMUM AVOIDANCE OF RISK, SPECTATOR PLACES ARE LIMITED AND EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE MASKS WHILST IN BUSIER AREAS OF THE VENUE I.E. AROUND TOILETS AND REFRESHMENTS. SPECTATORS ARE ASKED TO KEEP TO THE 2M DISTANCE RULE. WILLOW FIELDS IS A VERY OPEN OUTDOOR VENUE AND THIS SHOULD BE EASY TO DO. SANITISING STATIONS WILL BE SET UP AROUND THE VENUE IN KEY AREAS. ALTHOUGH WE USUALLY PROVIDE TEA, COFFEE AND REFRESHMENTS, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF SAFETY, AT THIS EVENT THERE WILL BE A MOBILE CATERER FROM WHOM YOU CAN BUY YOUR REFRESHMENTS.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending this clinic, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you please do not attend and follow the government advice to self-isolate.
The cost to bring a horse to this clinic is £350. To book a place, please make a deposit payment and complete and return the booking form below.
Online bookings will close 72 hours prior to the start of the event. On the door prices are £50/day or £90 for the weekend
TIME: 09.30 - 17.30
ADDRESS: Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3RA
Each day will be made up of theory and individual sessions, in a workshop format, where Elsa will work intensively with each rider and their horse. Riders will watch other sessions as part of their course.
The two day clinic will take place at Willow Fields, home to OE. At the venue we have the use of a large sand arena and a covered round pen or grass round pens. It is very open, so please bring clothing for all weathers, from sun cream to raincoats!
Spectators, there is no need to bring your own chair as we have seating at the venue, although you are of course welcome to if you prefer.
Please note the seating is not undercover, but there is a large viewing marquee, should it rain or for shelter from the sun. The chairs available will be set up 24 hours before the clinic and fully disinfected. You are welcome to reposition your chair within your bubble, we ask that you put something on your chair to maintain the use of one chair throughout the day.
Please bring your own lunch and anything else you might need. We are intending to have tea and coffee available onsite, details TBC.
Respectfully, we ask that spectators do not bring dogs to the venue. This is because we have our own dogs that will be on site throughout the weekend.