What if horses were given choice? Would they choose to engage in all the activities of training, to let us ride them? Is it even possible to provide this kind of choice, and if so, could friendship and relationship be enough for the horse to want to work with us?
These are the questions that Andrea Wady set out to answer in her work with her own horses.
The question culminated in a trek across the country Andrea calls home, Costa Rica, to make a movie called Taming Wild Pura Vida. Andrea trekked with friend and mentor Elsa Sinclair and two rescue horses, with the mission to see if on the trek, these damaged horses could be rehabilitated.
I traveled to meet Andrea, work with her and her horses, and learn about how she thinks about training and horsemanship.
A quote that Andrea shared with me from her friend, trainer Elsa Sinclair, was that it is important to first build “depth of friendship” before “width of skill”.
In this interview, you will hear Andrea discuss how she creates this friendship through looking for shared interests with the horse and ways to provide value to them.