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The Project:

One Mustang directly off the range, One trainer, No tools, Just body language

The Goal:

To discover how far Equestrian Art can be developed solely using body language.





In my last blog I talked about how I thought I was going to have to become a lot more fun in my training methods as I embarked on this training challenge with no tools.


Sometimes I have a hard time finding that fun point of view. Then I wonder, lacking any perspective of amusement, if I should even bother trying to train a horse, or relate to anyone for that matter. Fun and play are somewhat magical; interaction and laughter cause us to feel loved, and valued, and connected.


Life is about more than fun though… there is a whole gamut of emotions that bring depth and detail to life. So on a day when I am sad, or angry, or lonely I think there is a vital importance to just showing up anyway. On a day when my emotions are different from fun, my horses may not learn new things as quickly or as easily, however, if I can be understanding of this, there is a wealth of connection to be gained regardless. Sometimes it’s just about showing up no matter how you feel.


The people in my life help me to consistently show up. They help me to walk my talk and keep me putting one foot in front of the other regardless of the weather. I am incredibly fortunate in the community I have around me. I have written to thank the horses and all they have taught me; today I need to write a thank-you to the people. The diversity of perspective and energy every one of them brings helps me everyday. Taking a moment to look at the horses through someone else’s perspective has led me to uncountable eureka moments. Stepping into someone else’s shoes for a moment can propel me into a whole new way of thinking and feeling. I find that amazing, and I feel privileged to have such wonderful people around me.


The basis for my horse community close to home is my mother and my daughter. They both have a tolerance for chaos that far surpasses my own. Without a doubt their company stretches me in a profound way. When you gather 20 some horses together, and all the people who would like to be connected with the herd there is a certain amount of chaos that must be tolerated (or enjoyed) as everyone learns and grows together. I am very grateful I have my mother and my daughter to support me through the ups and downs of creating community.


To all of you who make up my community, Thank-you! From the Plumb Pond riders who inspire me daily to the broader group of equine aficionados throughout the Islands, the Northwest, and the world at large, you know who you are, thank you for being part of my journey.


Elsa Sinclair


  1. Elsa, Powerful grace, or graceful power; you have this even in your sadness. In my experience, the horse knows and then tries to cheer you up. Love, M

  2. I take the liberty to consider myself part of your journey, if it were only because I read your blog and resonate with it. So thank you Elsa for thanking me ;-)!
    And as to “Sometimes it’s just about showing up no matter how you feel.”… I couldn’t agree more. Those are often the times I start seeing things in a different (more positive) perspective, by just being with my horses and showing them who I am, feeling either good or bad. They always bring back the balance in my emotions.

    • Marja, you are without a doubt part of the journey, I Iove your comments and ideas. I am so grateful to have you here with me.

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