1. What happens when a professional trainer gives up the tools of control and treats the horse like a bold, creative partner?

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  2. Every horse deserves to be the proud, agile, balanced, powerful horse it was born to be.

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  3. More than 2,000 years ago, the horses whispered their secrets to a Greek philosopher soldier, who shared their secrets with the world. Somewhere along the way, we forgot.

    Shot last night on my new Sony FS7. Edited in FCPX.
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  4. This is Draumur *today*. When we began his rehabilitation, he would not take one step without fighting, trying to bite or kick you, and if you asked for trot he would pin his ears and charge. His physical problems led to profound depression— Draumur had lost his intrinsic desire to move.

    Today he is proud, loves to show off, and is stronger than he has ever been. It was a long, slow process to rebuild his posture and rekindle his spirit, but the horse he is now is more than than anyone believed possible given his conformation and what we (incorrectly) assumed was his character.

    Special credit goes to my trainers and mentors: Jec Ballou and Steinar Sigurbjörnsson.
    Also to Laura Benson and Guðmar Pétursson for making this journey possible, and to the Art of Natural Dressage forums for inspiration and ideas on “proud horse” exercises.

    {This video is for Amy Cuddy. Working on “Power Pose” may well have saved Draumur’s life}

    Tech details: I’m usually the one *behind* the camera, so to shoot THIS footage I plopped my Canon 5D Mark III on top of a barrel in the arena, set my 70-200 lens to 70mm, f13 (since I would not be able to change focus), 60 fps (slo-mo), and pushed record. Edited in FCPX in a 24fps timeline, no color grading.

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  5. The Icelandic stallion Elfaxi had no hope for rehab after a devastating loss of proprioception and balance (from multiple injuries when he was younger). But after 7 months, he is on his way to a renewed, purposeful life as the proud and badass creature he was born to be. Note: all horses in this video are unshod/barefoot, but some are wearing Easyboots for protection on hard surfaces. We do not ride with bits (all riding is in a bitless bridle), and we do not use whips. Our ‘sticks' are presentation pointers with a clicker taped on, and used as cues and targets. We train with a combination of positive reinforcement (+R), using a bridge/marker (the clicker), but our philosophy is based around the science of *intrinsic* motivation. We use +R because even though it is a form of *extrinsic* motivation, it is the only form of operant conditioning that allows the horse to have autonomy, which is our highest priority. If you want more information on our approach with horses, visit

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