Category Archives: Bill Dorrance BD

Work outlined in his manifesto, True Horsemanship Through Feel. Now deceased, his work is continued by his co-author Leslie Desmond.

Teaching a Horse to Stand Square

This is a simple exercise to teach and quickly shows results. The goal is to ask the horse to stand square each and every time you are working with them – whether it be at the wash rack, mounting block, … Continue reading

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Balking solution: controlling the feet

I’ve written about Z’s tendency to balk. This is her natural response to being asked to move forward when she doesn’t want too. You could also call this a physical brace. I wanted to get this worked out on the … Continue reading

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Protected: Dealing with Trainers and Riders (when it’s your horse)

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Reflections on Z’s horse training

Perhaps one of the things that irritate me the most about the horse community is the rigid thinking. The idea that there is only one way to do something with horses and if you don’t do it your mentor’s way … Continue reading

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Intro to Masterson Method bodywork for horses

I’ll be posting a lot about this, in pieces, over the next week or so. I’d recommend buying the book/dvd package as, for the price ($57.65), you are getting a LOT! For example, a horse riding lesson easily runs between … Continue reading

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simple work for making change

“The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me,” ~ Gwendolen, The Importance of Being Earnest. More riding today of Z. We are doing some very basic stuff that is all about laying a foundation for the future. … Continue reading

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Z with the neckrope

I had a wonderful day today with the horses and have much to report back to you… Even though it was hot hot hot – and 100 by 11 a.m. 😦 Anyway let’s focus on the good. First, after doing … Continue reading

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