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True Horsemanship through Feel Paperback – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585743216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585743216
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2002
Format: Paperback
THE big masterwork of bill Dorrance, accompanied by Leslie Desmond.
Even writing a review about it makes you think and rethink, exactly what this book will do with you. It is not an easy read, so be advised! But if you do decide to go for it, the experience will be a wonderful one!
In this day and age of different 'masters' of Natural Horsemanship, this book should be considered the bible of them all!
Illustrated with many many pictures, you will get a better understanding of the importance of feel, how to learn to feel it and how to use it. Once you have a good understanding of that, the book will continue to walk through the many steps of how to apply it to your daily work with horses and how it might help you to solve some problems we all seem to run into to.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Not the easiest book to read but once your in to it you get a feeling that Bill is talking directly to you with all those years of experience.
This should be required reading for ever person who handles horses and used as a beating tool on those who continue to use cruel and inhumane methods to force compliance.
A word of warning being that you may need to change your outlook and attitude completely.
If you love your horses and wish to form a partnership based on mutual respect and understanding this book is a 'must have'.
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
The Title Says it All 2 July 2000
By Linda - Published on
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True Horsemanship Through Feel could not be any more appropriately titled. As others have stated, there are no quick fixes here, only the door to a new relationship with your horse for those willing to pay attention to the little things that make all the difference.
I have trained two horses since purchasing this book and reading it over and over. Neither horse carried a rider until they were four. Both come down out of their lush pasture if they THINK we might go riding. I take care of them, to include trimming their feet and saddling them in the pasture, without putting a rope on them. I'm very happy with the way they turned out. My horses want to be with me and look to me for reassurance. They are a pleasure to be around and are just as "broken" after a three month layoff as they were the day the snow started flying.
This book is a great addition to the horsemanship library. Don't be put off by the price--most horse books may be cheaper, but they only get read once. This one will be read over and over. Take the time to study "True Horsemanship Through Feel" and you will find new depth in your other videos, tapes, and books on round-penning and non-threatening horse-training. It doesn't replace the others--it adds value to them. The understanding you will gain will allow you to find and stand on common ground and to help develop your own style that works for both you and your horses. It is all about communicating in terms the horse can understand. The understanding and communication will set you free.
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Understanding Natural Horsemanship 5 Feb. 2000
By Willis Lamm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is not for someone looking for a quick fix. Bill and Tom Dorrance and the other natural horsemanship authors provide the reader with more or less an operator's manual for the horse, explaining how and why a horse responds (operates) to various stimuli including the rider and handler.
Horsemanship is (or should be) a skilled athletic endeavor. No athlete worth his or her salt would undertake a sport without first understanding it. These texts aid in building a strong foundation in the horse from which things like loping, lateral movement, transitions and similar activities flow. The premise is simple. Understand the horse, keep him mentally clear and physically in balance, work in harmony, develop the "whole horse" and succeed.
Want a quick fix? Trade the horse in for a video game. Want your horse to work well? Understand what he is and cover the basics.
The Dorrances understand horses. Leslie Desmond, no lightweight herself, is good at explaining things. If you want to understand your horse, this is the kind of material you should be reading.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
True Horsemanship Through Feel 21 Jan. 2002
By "rebbrand5" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of horses and improve their horsemanship. Bill Dorrance is true to life and his lively spirit shines through in this book. He is successful in explaining how to use "feel" to get things working for you and your horse. Bill is consistant in his approach and stresses a good foundation which is important no matter what your riding discipline. How wonderful that Leslie Desmond was able to capture this matster horseman's techniques in print. I could not put this book down until it was finished. Within days of trying some of the techniques in this book I saw subtle but good changes in my horses. This book is an excellent resource to be used. If you work with horses, you should read this book. It will open your mind to this better way, horsemanship through feel, and will get feel working for you and your horse.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
It opens the door to the core of horsemanship. 25 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Truly a book beyond labels from a true gentleman and person with high respect of the Equine.If you own a horse, do that horse and yourself a favor and purchase this book written by a man that would like nothing better than to see your horse and you develope the kind of relationship that was meant to be.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
true horsemanship through feel 21 Jan. 2001
By turk green - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I can attest through daily experiences that this book is truly one of the greats on horsemanship. I have suffered many bumps and bruises in my years of training horses, and I must say that this book would have helped me from making those mistakes. I do feel though that one must have an understanding of horses and horsemanship in order to truly "feel" the meaning of this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn what it means to "feel" their horse and achieve a greater relationship with the horse than imagined.
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