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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.

Looking for Inspiration

So I am going about this horse training project all backwards. On purpose of course, because isn’t about the destination, it’s all about the journey.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost

None the less, I find myself looking for inspiration this week. There are brilliant horse trainers out there who use tools first and then end up with a relationship where tools of control are no longer necessary. While I may be going about this training thing the other way round… I would still love to have a little inspiration from the brilliance that has gone before me.

Here are the only two videos I seem to be able to find with horses and people working together without the use of sticks or ropes (though… there are spurs on, so who knows how much of a role they play in the performance..) If you know of any other videos with horses and people without the tools of control? Please send them my direction.

Pat Parelli’s video was not allowed to be embedded in the blog, so here is the link if you are interested.

While the halter and stick show up briefly in this video… it is so beautifully minimal, I had to include it.


Elsa Sinclair

ps For those of you who get this in email form, to see the videos click on the title of the blog and it will take you to the blog page where the videos are. Enjoy!


  1. Dear Elsa, You are your inspiration and you are obviously on the right road-path. YOU started this project, let the rest come from within. Sounds esoteric, but you know by your studies this is true. Hang in there. Love, Michael

    • Thanks Michael, it does come from within.. I just like as much support from without as I can find 😉

  2. Elsa, came across this web site.

    still thinking of you working with Sunna in the fall perhaps. we are doing better together than I had even hoped or thought we might. She is quite a horse. Di

    • Dianne, So glad to hear Sunna and you are doing so well. Give me a call when you get a chance I would love to hear about it all.

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