April 6, 2014 / Problem Horses Improve attitude, willingness and skills with Feel! Don't miss the 4-Horse Demonstration at the Sheffield Whinnies 4-H Demo North Egremont, Mass.

 Green River Arabians & Pintos

and the Sheffield (Massachusetts) Whinnies 4-H Club

to Sponsor

International Horsemanship Coach and Horse Trainer




VISIT LESLIE and the four horses she will work with at the Sheffield Whinnies 4-H club demonstration in North Egremont. Join us for a very exciting day and LEARN HOW to use Feel & Release for handling horses on the ground, and experiencing beautiful and efficient maneuvers under saddle! 

Leslie will be working with four horses throughout the day. The audit fee and cost to bring a horse for the demonstration are listed below.  Please pre-register to attend! Bring your friends and your questions, or better yet, bring a horse who could be doing a lot better! 

 and bring your friends!

For Clinic Flyer (printable PDF) see attachment at bottom of this page.

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VENUE: Green River Arabians and Pintos

also home of the Sheffield Whinnies 4-H Club

172 Egremont Plain Rd.

North Egremont, MA 01230



Tel: 413-528-2367

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


Leslie Desmond co-authored and published Bill Dorrance's classic training manual, "True Horsemanship Through Feel", in 1999.  The legendary horseman's legacy of horse handling and riding through Feel & Release continues -- and, now, you can be a part of it!

If you are a horse trainer and have reached an impasse with a client's horse, this is a good opportunity to break the cycle. Come and have a look at some of the things Leslie Desmond learned during her four-year apprenticeship with master horseman Bill Dorrance (1906-1999) from Salinas, CA.  Questions will be answered throughout the demonstrations.

Trainers in many countries, representing many disciplines have taken Leslie's help and successfully re-launched their careers into an exciting new direction and not only reached, but exceeded many of their goals using feel & release. 

Leslie will show these techniques and explain the philosophy of feel & release with four horses in the demonstration format for 90-minutes. During the session, as needed, she will coach the trainer/owner one-on-one in the techniques. 

At this demonstration you will learn what she values in a foundation that can take a horse into most any line of work, sport, or competitive discipline. Leslie enjoys sharing the philosophy, techniques and explaining the angles/positions necessary to lighten up your hands, position your upper body and legs while you ride. You will learn what Bill Dorrance showed her about refining the presentation to the horse using feel & release on the ground and from the saddle, too, if rideable horses are register for the event. All breeds and riding styles are welcome. Please contact Mary Brazie at email/phone above if you have questions about the suitability of your horse to participate in this demonstration.



Leslie will help you understand how to know where the feet are, without looking, and how to place and replace them, and be able to adjust your horse's head, neck, shoulders, rips, loin and hips  . . .  all this with lighter hands as you refine your new skills on the ground and in under saddle, too!

Many years ago, Leslie would set a horse up to fail her expectations without realizing it her own role in the problems she encountered with some horses. She made a problem that she could correct in the ways she had been shown.  After a lot of thought and observing good examples of problem solving with difficult horses, she learned that it was possible to set a horse up to succeed right off, so that few if any corrections are loves its job that I have ever learned,” Desmond said.

For some people this is a revolutionary concept. For others, it is an idea that was suspected to have validity all along, but the best route to accomplish that illusive task was not known or, for some reason, not easily managed.


If you want to learn about this prior to the event, go to the RESOURCES page, or the GENERAL STORE for learning tools that will help you get acquainted ahead of time with the philosophy she adheres to, and the techniques she uses to help horses and their trainers and owners past the sticky spots in their development, and well beyond!

Leslie will explain these details and demonstrate the approach thoroughly at Green River Arabians & Pintos, (and the home of the Sheffield Whinnies 4-H club!) demonstration on Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Hopefully spring will be well underway by then, but remember to dress warmly if it hasn’t!  See you there!

See map above for directions!



REGISTRATION OPENS at 8:30 AM, Sunday, April 6, 2014 

The DEMO starts promptly at 9:00 AM.

Please remember to bring your PayPal receipt with you! This is your proof of pre-payment!



Sunday, April 6, 2014

9:00 -10:30   1st Demo Horse

Short Break

11:00 - 12:30 2nd Demo Horse

12:30 - 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 - 3:30  3rd Demo Horse

3:30 - 5:00  4th Demo Horse

5:00 - 6:00   Question and Answer Session



 For insurance reasons, all auditors are required to sign waivers of liability. The registration forms for auditors and demo horse owners are HERE!

Please complete them ahead of time to help us get the day off to a prompt start! Your help with this annoying little detail is much appreciated!


ADULT Auditor / ALL-DAY SUNDAY, April 6, 2014   $45.00


SPECIAL RATE for 13 - 21 years old: $20.00  


YOUTH AUDITOR - ALL-DAY SUNDAY, April 6, 2014 $20.00



(Horse lovers 12 years of age and under are welcome at no charge!)

There are two (of the possible four) positions left for demonstration horses at this event. Please call Leslie to confirm your spot before making a payment!  Thank you!


DEMO HORSE / SUNDAY, April 6, 2014   $195.00


In recent years, Leslie has been educating volunteers, staff and students at horse handling, riding and training demonstrations across America. Most recently she raised money for the Medicine Horse Program in Boulder, Colorado. She has shared Bill Dorrance's message at many unwanted-horse centers, rehab facilities, and equine assisted therapeutic riding establishments.  If you and/or your horse could benefit from her assistance to get past a trouble spot, or would like to advance and include more feel & release in the work you are already enjoying, your name will be added to the "First Called" list for the next available event booking. Preference is given to non-profit horse rescue centers and to private facilities where trainers who have reached an impasse in their work with customers and horses, or who want more than the same-old, same-old approach to their clients horses, are ready to learn more about feel & release and how to apply it...starting the next day!

Please contact Leslie via email and include your complete contact details (phones, post address, website if you have one, etc.) here:

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      Since 1992 I have recommended the use of helmets and safety stirrups to my students. Outfitting all saddles with safety stirrups on all saddles is a requirement this year, and helmets must be worn. There are many varieties and brands to choose from online. English versions are stocked at most tack shops, or available through them.

My preference for western saddles is a stirrup manufactured by the McCoy family's STI from Laurel, Montana. Their website can be found here, or researched later on for the custom size and style you need at www.breakawaystirrups.com.

        Not an online shopper? No worries! Contact them directly by calling 888-308-0848 and request a brochure!  When you get in a bind, you and the people who care about you will be thrilled that you did!


Thank you for pre-registering. I look forward to seeing you in North Egremont, Mass.

Leslie Desmond






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