Taming Wild: Pura Vida

Director:  Elsa Sinclair

Three years ago at the FHFF, a film called Taming Wild was screened by enthusiastic audiences.  Now the film’s sequel, Taming Wild: Pura Vida, follows horse trainer Elsa Sinclair as she delves still deeper into ways of building relationships between horses and humans.

Her unique approach, Freedom Based Training®, focuses on rebuilding trust between wounded horses and their human trainers.  Elsa and her friend Andrea Wady of Pura Vida Equus (the head of Discovery Horse Tours in Costa Rica for 13 years), put Elsa’s practices to the test after they rescue two horses that are destined to be destroyed and train them as they cross from the West Coast of Costa Rica to the East Coast – a trek that they consider the perfect backdrop for the development of human/horse relationships, as well as an opportunity for their equine companions to get a second chance at a good life.

The film serves as an inspiration to us all as we work to develop our own relationships with people, animals, and nature.


Released in 2019
65 minutes
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