True Horsemanship Through Feel
by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond.
(386 pp., 725 photographs and illustrations) Published by Diamond Lu Productions, 1999.
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About the Authors
Bill Dorrance, life-long rancher and horseman, has left behind a rare and cherished legacy which, for many, has become an illumined road to better horsemanship. Before his passing on July 20, 1999, Bill breathed new life into the horse industry with the publication of his book, True Horsemanship Through Feel. This book is a step-by-step, how-to guide to being -- not only with horses, but with ourselves as well. Bill’s way of teaching is gentle, effective, and entertaining.
“This is something anyone can learn, but three things are needed..."
- a real strong desire
- enough time
- a good instructor
During the last years of his life, Bill asked Leslie to accept his guidance during a 4-year apprenticeship while she recorded his knowledge and experiences for posterity. Between 1995 and 1999 they trained horses together, put on demonstrations and held clinics around Monterey County, California, while she co-wrote the classic text, "True Horsemanship Through Feel". The sequel to their book, a 10-CD audio book called "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel" that Leslie published in 2006, is an info-packed guide to better horsemanship through feel. "It was my hope to ease the serious horseman's journey by creating an easy learning avenue," she said. "My dream is that horse enthusiasts and trainers from all disciplines will consider and take on board the finer points of feel and release as they travel down the road."
To learn more about Leslie Desmond, read Leslie's biography.
To learn more about Bill Dorrance read Leslie’s article, “Master Horseman, Roping Artist and Dedicated Braider of Rawhide".