In 2015, Elsa Sinclair, a professional horse trainer, had an idea. She had found that although she was very successful with the horses she worked with, once she set them free, and gave them an option, the horse didn't always choose to do what she wanted. This got her wondering, and she found a question began to to burn inside her. A question that had to be answered.
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?
Could she start with a wild horse, free and unfettered, develop a language with her, build a system of communication and convince this horse to allow her to ride, voluntarily?
Could she connect with this wild horse in a way so magnetic, beautiful and irresistible that force, tools and bribes were proven unnecessary?
Could this be done within a time limit? One year, start to finish, would this wild horse be won over and allow Elsa to ride? She didn’t know if it could be done, And she certainly didn’t know if it could be done within a year. Could she really leave behind all her training tools and preconceived notions and do something that was completely new?
This was a process that begged to be documented. And so, with the help of some amazing friends, She dove headlong into the project, followed by videographers, and photographers who helped her record it all.
This film is the journey of one wild mustang off the range, Myrnah, a horse with her own mind, strength and sense of independence. One trainer, no tools, just body language. The ups and downs, the trials and frustrations, and the beauty and persevering truths connection brings in its wake.
Taming Wild will be shown once a day during the Free Fringe Film Festival (21st - 23rd July) in our Cinema in the woods at Drumcoura, Leitrim. To See screening times and the full Fringe Film Fest Schedule see: http://www.freefringefest.com/freefringefilmfest.html