Remember when eventer Elisa Wallace won the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Clemson last year (http://youtu.be/icsV8M8sJuU)? Well, she's back at it again, this time training two horses for the Mustang Million, the largest ever competition of its kind.
Over the weekend, Elisa traveled to Murfreesboro, TN, where she previewed and adopted (by auction) two new horses: Rune and Nimh
After returning home to Rock Creek Farms (Jasper, GA), Elisa unloaded the horses and began work on desensitization, sending, and even started riding Rune! Nimh is definitely the wilder of the two horses, but Elisa even managed to get on him for a ride today. As per usual, we are documenting her progress in a series of videos which can be viewed via the Team Wallace YouTube channel.
As an Eventer, Elisa was looking at slightly different characteristics in the horses she chose, compared to what more Western riders might look for. 'Fledge,' her first mustang, is expected to start eventing over the summer, and Elisa's hope is that, following the Mustang Million, Rune and Nimh will be able to do the same.
This episode documents Rune and Nimh's first week of training with Elisa Wallace at Rock Creek Farms Elisa takes Rune on his first trail ride, works him on the lunge line, starts to jump, and begins work on tricks like standing on his back and 'smiling.' Nimh continues to be a tough customer, and Elisa spends a lot of time building trust. By the end of the week, however, Elisa is sitting on him and is teaching him to send. Nimh is wild to be sure, but super athletic and has a good mind. under Elisa's guidance, both Rune and Nimh are well on their way to a strong performance at the Mustang Million in Fort Worth, Texas (September 16 - 27, 2013)
Elisa continues to make great progress training Rune and Nimh for competition at the Mustang Million ( http://www.mustangmillion.com/ ) in Fort Worth, TX -- September 16-22, 2013.
Elisa spends time bonding with Nimh, and is successful in overcoming his fearful tendency and in activating his curiosity. Elisa is able to linge Nimh in the ring for the first time. Rune is a rock star, and Elisa is able to do more and more flat work with him with every passing day.
Week Three of "Branded for Success: Journey to the Mustang Million" is out! Thanks for following, everyone, and for your kind words of encouragement. I'll be sure to continue to post as we produce new videos.
Could you tell us a bit more about your Mustangs? Which HMA are they from? How old and how long in captivity?
Also, I did not realize you had to purchase them for that much. The auction video was interesting.
Watch as Elisa continues her desensitization training with Nimh by having him chase her umbrella-holding sister. Rune crosses a scary bridge. The boys get their teeth floated, and go through some exercises in the round pen.