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Synopsis: Essence is a short film that will explore the bond between horses and humans. Essence will weave together inspirational quotes, soaring music, and magnificent horses and landscapes. In addition, Essence will explore what lies behind our universe and our desires for relationship: Is there something more? A greater force at work??


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Run Time

9 minutes

Directed by

Ivy Schexnayder

Director's Bio

My name is Ivy Schexnayder (pronounced shex-snyder). I live in Winslow, Illinois and my dream has always been to help gaited horse owners to be able to get a smooth gait with their horses.
I have been training gaited horses for over 12 years. I started out with the idea that you could train any gaited horse to gait on a loose rein, preferably with a snaffle or simple bitless bridle/hackamore.
Last year I traveled around the country and was able to work with over 90 different horses! That experience taught me so much. I learned that most horses respond the same way, no matter what the breed, but some need just a little bit of something extra (lateral work) to get the gait.
I also learned that most horses will start gaiting in as little as 3 one hour lessons! The most important thing is to get them relaxed first.

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2016

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