08December2016

Leslie's Latest NEWS

SAVE THE DATE! December 20, 2016

Please reserve a ticket for the demonstration at
 
 
 
 
 10:00 AM  to 16:00 PM
 
 
Students  / 10 Euros
 
Non-student pre-registration 20 Euros
 
 Walk-in Fee  / 25  Euros
 
 
Please.....Remember to BRING LUNCH!
 
(Water, Coffee and tea will be available on site.)
Children 16 and under are welcome at no charge at both events!
 
 
 
 
 
From DESMOND OUTFITTER . . . .

TIED RIGHTTM HALTERS

and
LEAD ROPES for TRUE LEADERS!

Why wait any longer to start developing dependable balance in your groundwork foundation?

 
 
A balanced foundation on the ground leads quickly to improved accuracy, flexibility and better timing under saddle.  

Leslie's right-tied halters come in a wide variety of colors, and help to promote balance by giving the owner/handler another great reason to work from the right side more often!

Order a TIED RIGHTTM   halter today and start the important job of re-positioning yourself and your horse for the safe and elegant rides you both deserve to -- and can -- soon enjoy together!

Sizes:
 
Yearling   $30
 
SM-Arab   $35
 
AV-Quarter Horse  $45
 
L-Warmblood  $50
 
XL-Draft  $55
 
 
 
FAQ! (Frequently Asked Questions)
 
 
Why should I lead from the right? 
 
 
Horses have eyes, and hooves on both sides of their heads, and need to get accustomed to being handled regularly on two sides. Most people ride with a visible arm, hand, leg and foot on both sides of the horse. It is easier to start and ride a colt that has been regularly handled and lead on both sides of its body.
 
 
How does leading on the right side of the horse promote better balance under saddle?
 
 
A horse lead correctly from both sides is unlikely to develop an over-reliance on his right diagonal for balance. A horse that is only lead on its left side usually develops resistance to anything asked of him that requires him to be confident using his left diagonal.  Lead changes, for example, and upward and downward transitions in circles to the right.
 
 
My horse has a tendency to crowd and push into me with his left shoulder. Why is this? 
 
 
Many people lead and attempt to control the horse frmo this position. He cannot crowd into someone who stands in a place that does not obscure 50% of the horse's  vision.
 
 
What should I do if my older horse does not want to let me over to his right side after I get the TIED RIGHT halter on his head?
 
 
Many people like to stand at the left shoulder and hand the end of a 12-18 ft. lead rope from the left  hand to the right hand, under the neck. Then, they let out a length of rope, about one or two coils depending on how they keep a rope in their hand, while they move back toward his left hip. After stepping back a little further and then to the right, behind the horse, he can catch sight of that person in his right eye as they extend the rope even further away from their body in their right arm.
 
 
That way, the horse can clearly see a p clearly person out of his right eye, Usually, the horse will start to step in your direction as he follows the feel of a right turn from the rope in the outstretched arm behind and a little to the right of him.  This way, the horse puts the person in his right eye, and another struggle is left out of the nice connection that is getting built between you about who should stand where, and when!
 
 
My horse rarely "squares up" when he stops. And, when he is standing to be mounted or groomed in the cross ties, his right hind hoof always seems to be stepped back behind his left hoof. Why is this?
 
 
A horse that is routinely approached and haltered, unhaltered, bridled, unbridled, lead, tied, mounted, unmounted, and also offered treats, wormer, injections, rubs, scratches, hugs and kisses, followed by the inevitable corrections for crowding that are the result of human crowding and over-fondling the face from the left side, rarely maintains his natural balance around people. He is usually prepared for many if not all of the aforementioned activities to occur, most any time.
 
 
A smart horse quickly understands that many people make their corrections along the left side of the face, neck, and left shoulder. Over time, a horse often can develop a "brace", or resistance, to some or many of the routine things people like to do with and for their horses. In the course of being pushed and pulled, medicated, and sometimes even just caught up and let go in the pasture after a ride, the horse handled by a one-sided person, becomes a one-sided horse as well.
 
This happens because a horse learns how to compensate physically to the repeated experiences of imbalanced handling by right-handed (usually) people. Expecting this, the horse learns that it is better to stay prepared for the next human interaction by stepping his right hind leg back, stiffening his neck and shifting his weight forward into his left shoulder. This becomes a habit, and soon he is over-dependence on the right diagonal (right front and left hind) for balance, In turn, this results in a less frequent engagement of the right hip and hind leg, resulting in a weaker right hindquarter. Difficulty changing leads from left to right, and executing a well-balanced canter or gallop-depart to the right are the common result of this approach to one-sided horse handling. 
 
Over handling on the left can also cause a horse to use use both hind feet together, like a bunny rabbit, to dig in for traction and better balance in upwards transitions from the trot on circles and turns to the right.
 
 
What can be done?
 
For best results, give your horse a well-balanced foundation in groundwork and handling! 
 
How?  
 
By WORKING REGULARLY with your horses on both sides when you halter, bridle, and mount up from both sides!   
 
Have fun, and enjoy your horse more as you both find better balance that leads to better rides!
 
 

Coaching Schedule, Discount on Books and New Horse Gear!

Calendar for 2016

 

February 15 - 25  (Pvt.) Woodside, CA and NorCal.

February 26 - March 22  (Pvt.) OREGON

March 25 - 30  (Pvt. Western MA / Upstate New York)

April 2 - 17   (Apprenticeship Session) Panoche Valley, CA

April 29 May 10  (Pvt.) Dahlonega, GA

May 25 -  June 8  (Pvt.) Woodside, CA

June 24 - 26 Mountain Lane Farm, 11 Stone Lane, Temple, NH  / DEMO and Lessons

July 27- August 3 (Pvt.) Woodside, CA 

August 24 -  September 1 (Pvt.) Woodside, CA

September 7 -13  (Pvt.) Decorah, Iowa 

September 15 - 22  (Pvt.) Wadena, Iowa  

October 2 - 16  (Apprenticeship Session) Wadena, Iowa

December -- Coaching, Training and Fundraising /  Ireland, Spain.

 

Do you have a question about your horse's hoof care? Soundness and bio-mechanics? Leslie can help, or tell you where to find the right help if the situation calls for different skills. 

Send inquiries here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 

 From DESMOND OUTFITTER . . . . 

TIED RIGHTTM   HALTERS

 

When used correctly, TIED RIGHTTM   HALTERS and Lead Ropes

for true leaders develops dependable balance in groundwork.

This leads to improved accuracy, flexibility and better

timing under saddle. Dont't wait any longer!

Leslie's right-tied halters come in a wide variety of colors, and help to promote balance by giving the owner/handler another great reason to work from the right side more often! Order a TIED RIGHT halter today and start the important job of re-positioning yourself and your horse for the safe and elegant rides you both deserve to -- and CAN -- soon enjoy together!

Sizes: Yearling ($30), AM-Arab ($35), AV-Quarter Horse ($45), L-Warmblood ($55)  and XL-Draft ($60).

 

Leslie's ropes are TERRIFIC!

They convey the lightest feel and can bring the lightest change of signal to your horse. They can be repeatedly cleaned in the washing machine and dried in a hot drier dozens and dozens of times with no ill-effect.

What don't they do?

Shrink, swell up, stiffen, fray, twist, dry out, resist coiling and rot.

Ask for them in 12 ft., 15 ft., 18 ft., 20 ft., and 25 ft. lengths. If you don't see the size you need, Leslie will cut you a custom length of rope to fit your needs.

Price: $3 a foot includes shipping and handling in the USA.  

Write to the email below for recommendations about this equipment from satisfied customers near you.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LESLIE'S LEARNING LIBRARY

 

If you like to read . . . 

The classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel" (1999) by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond, and autographerd by Leslie can be purchased here.

This book is now permanently out of print, and supplies are limited. $75 Compare with dealers on Ebay and Amazon with prices for used and new paperbacks selling for up to $500 and more.

Or, Listen and Learn while to drive and do chores!

Learn more about the FEEL and RELEASE approach to horse handling and riding Leslie's 10-CD audio book: "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel".

This set contains 102 fact-brimming tracks and beautifully illustrated booklets that come with each of the 10 CDs. $89

Purchase an audio book, and save 30% on "True Horsemanship Through Feel" (1999) by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond. Both for $139, shipping included. Offer ends May 31, 2016.

 

At shop.lesliedesmond.com you can more information to help you understand and train your horse!

For bulk orders, contact Laura soon at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

True Horsemanship Through Feel (16 to a case - 33.5 lbs. per case)  17 cases left as of 02/21/2016)

Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel (14 to a case - 36.5 lbs. per case)   

THANK YOU!

Dr. Robert Miller, DVM, praises Desmond's results with horses using Feel & Release

  From horse expert, Dr. Robert Miller, DVM:

"Dear Leslie,

      Your recent clinic overwhelmed me. Your ability to communicate your desires to the horses with no obvious signals, is extraordinary. You were able to get the horse's head to drop, look where you wanted it to, and to obtain movements in various directions in response to the vaguest of stimuli . . . .

      "You are doing a great job.  I call you the ’clinician’s clinician' "  . . . Regards, Bob 

Safer Western Riding is now possible, thanks to fast-release Western Stirrups

 

You have one head, and you are worth it! 

 

 www.breakawaystirrups.com 

 

Finally!  Someone has made an atractive looking, practical and professional safety stirrup that guarantees you won't get dragged by your horse if you fall off and cannot get your foot out of the stirrup.

I encourage you to call or write to the men who invented and manufacture these life-saving stirrups. Mike and Jake McCoy at the BREAKAWAY STIRRUP COMPANY  in Laurel, Montana . 

This forward-looking safety-minded people designed an ingenious mechanism that does not allow your foot to get hung up when you are roping, cutting, jumping, penning, pleasure riding or starting colts!  

 

MY GOAL IS TO HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO RIDE WELL, and HAVE A LOT OF FUN DOING IT.  
RIDING IS A RISKY BUSINESS AND FALLS ARE SOMETIMES INEVITABLE, you must PROTECT YOUR SELF FROM AN ACCIDENTAL DRAGGING. 

The McCoys have extended the generous offer of a three-month payment plan to all my students.  This is incredible opportunity makes it possible for many people who, otherwise, would not have the chance to purchase them.
I WANT PEOPLE TO LEARN ALL THEY CAN ABOUT RIDING ALL SORTS OF HORSES. WE HAVE A GOOD TIME RIDING, AND IT HIS IS DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE PEACE OF MIND THAT COMES FROM KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU GET IN A WRECK YOUR FOOT WILL COME FREE FROM THE STIRRUP AND THE HORSE.

**********

 

Driving to town? Most people fasten on a seat belt. Playing a little ice hockey? Football? Fencing? Face guards and helmets are donned and the game is on!

  More bull and bronc riders than ever before now wear protective chest plates and a helmet.

Why? Their children and wives want to go out for a meal together after the show...and onward into their lives - - - healthy, happy and in one piece!

Riders . . .  check out the McCoys and their safety stirrups for men, women and children. For sport, recreation and show. Many styles and all sizes!

Sincerely,

Leslie Desmond, friends of Leslie Desmond and their students who have all fallen clear of a horse thanks to breakaway stirrups from STI.

 

 

1 - 8 8 8 - 3 0 8 - 0 8 4 8

 

*****

 

YOU HAVE ONE HEAD! 

 

Thanks for reading this....