Here’s the longer trailer for the Taming Wild documentary, where Elsa asks the question: If a wild horse had complete choice – no ropes, arenas, halters, whips etc. – would the horse choose to be ridden?
And then here is a lovely radio interview with Elsa, with all kinds of behind-the-scenes details – such as what it’s like to drive a trailer with 2 frightened-out-of-their-minds mustangs inside!
Elsa also speaks to the question of: If I have a truly consensual and collaborative relationship with my horse, will that lead to riding? Or will it just lead to a lot of time hanging out together?
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Other highlights include the importance of establishing a base of physical and emotional safety. So the horse can relax into play and learning; once it’s essential needs were met. And how taking long walks together slowly led to the development of a language where they could communicate things like, what meant forward, left, right, stop – and how they communicated those things to each other. Elsa says, “Slowly we built a language, a way to talk about what we were going to do next, and how we were going to do it.”
Myrnah also taught Elsa the crucial importance of building incrementally – her idea of increments, which were much shorter/simpler than Elsa’s ideas – to maintain the trust in their relationship as they progressed.