True Horsemanship through Feel

True Horsemanship through Feel

by Bill Dorrance, Leslie Desmond


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Expert horseman Bill Dorrance chose the name True Horsemanship Through Feel because feel is the language of horses. Learning that language can expand any horseman's knowledge and abilities - whether they are learning to rope, ride, or start horses.

In language that is generously detailed and packed with meaning, Dorrance directs our attention to the many subtle things there are to notice about the ways that horses and humans operate. In these pages, he urges us to reach toward a deeper level of insight into horses and ourselves, as he ladles out a wealth of helpful information. With hundreds of illustrations, True Horsemanship Through Feel takes you step-by-step through the basic struggles that have characterized horse-human relations for centuries. Drawing on his years of experience, Bill Dorrance crafted a book that imparts the knowledge only previously available by word of mouth. (8 1/2 x 10 3/4, 400 pages, b&w photos)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781892578006
Publisher: Diamond Lu Productions
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Pages: 382

About the Author

Bill Dorrance (1906-1996) was a legendary livestock rancher and horseman.Leslie Desmond is an international horsemanship coach. She lives in Germany.

Table of Contents

Authors' Notesv
Chapter 1Bill Talks About How Important Feel Is to the Horse1
Chapter 2Learning How to Feel, and Relearning to Learn15
Chapter 3How I Got Feel Working for Me and My Horses37
Chapter 4How to Get Feel Working for You57
Part 1Teaching the Horse to Adjust His Head Position79
Part 2Teaching the Horse to Lead Up Real Free95
Part 3Backing and Leading Up One Step at a Time115
Part 4Teaching the Horse to Stand, and Other Important Things141
Part 5Stepping the Hindquarters Over171
Part 6Stepping the Front End Around189
Part 7Changing Directions, Through Feel203
Chapter 5Feeling of the Feet in the Different Gaits223
Chapter 6Trailer Loading249
Chapter 7Knots that are Needed for Tying Your Equipment265
Chapter 8Some Questions and Bill's Answers275
Chapter 9Meanings297

What People are Saying About This

Nicholas Evans

A most extraordinary book! This is the book horse lovers all over the world have been waiting for. It's the book they should have.
— (Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer)

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If a horse could write a book this is what he would want you to know. Any level of experience can benefit from this book. I grew up with horses and I have seen many ways of handling a horse. This is the best.
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If you want more out of yourself and your horse invest in this book. It could take your horsemanship to a better place.
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An inspiring and enlightening view into the what and the how of horse motivation. Very helpful for amateur horse owners and most professional horse trainers across America and the world-at-large. Would recommend to persons of all ages who have horses in their care or ownership.