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The source material for much of modern "natural horsemanship",
This review is from: True Horsemanship Through Feel (Paperback)
This is a fascinating book for anyone who has become involved in the natural/intelligent horsemanship movement. Whether you are keen on Monty Roberts, Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Mark Rashid or any of the many modern teachers then this book is from one of the guys who started it all off. The Dorrance brothers took French Classical riding and adapted it to Western, and in doing built the foundation for a method of training which is focussed on getting a willing partnership between rider and horse without the use of force.
The book reads as if Bill Dorrance is speaking (at 90+), so the style is rather "Folksy" and some of the terminology may not match more modern usage. However if you read it carefully it is packed with gems of wisdom from a great horseman. Whether you ride Western or English this is an excellent addition to library and well worth a careful read. As a "how to" book it is probably better read as background to one of the more modern trainers, but it will help you understand the underlying theory.