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The Art of the
More Than a Horseman Hardcover Book
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It is important the horse is well prepared both physically and mentally to begin training in the Art of the Garrocha.
John Saint Ryans unique horsemanship has developed over the years. He is well respected for his knowledge and philosophy in training horses. His clinics and riding instruction are highly regarded .
In this DVD you will find
1.A brief history of the Garrocha.
2. The tack and equipment
3. Exercises on horseback without the Garrocha
4. Exercises on the ground with the Garrocha
5. How to safely introduce the Garrocha to your horse
6.The Basic exercises at the walk and trot incorporating the maneuvers of the Garrocha.
7.The Intermediate exercises at the gallop with more demanding maneuvers.
John Saint Ryans skills in Doma Vaquera led him to win the U.S National Championship three years in succession at all levels from Basico through Intermedio to Alta. His exhibition work with the Garrocha is in great demand.
The fine art
of the Garrocha has finally been revealed to us all who live
with horses in America. John Saint Ryan is a multifaceted
man in riding, training, exhibitions, singing and acting and
now surprise - movie production.
The history revealed is thorough and interesting. It is
recorded in a concise manner. In all aspects from the beginning to the end
beautifully produced DVD John demonstrates in the
presentation chapters a logical sequence of progression. All
beginners will be thrilled to learn how important it is to
learn this discipline so as not to frighten their horse. All
aficionados will respect the phased lessons for accuracy.
This elegantly produced DVD introduces the "Art of the
Garrocha" as developing a bond between horse and rider. The careful
explanation with the visual presentation makes this more
than the "how to" response to accomplish this riding
discipline. It does so with grace and precision.
John Saint Ryan has shared his wonderful ability to explain
in simple steps for all students of horsemanship from the beginning,
to successfully achieve a capability of this dignified and
artistic rendition of the historic birth of modern "cowboy" skills on
Thank you John for producing the first DVD of this kind of
horsemanship skill to America. We hope that all horsemen
will revere this skill and learn it easily by following it
along. The best that could happen is that this DVD will
popularize the Garrocha into many exhibitions across our
land, as well as internationally.
Graham & Lanys Kaye-Eddie
Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse
The Art of the Garrocha is one of the most well-organized and thoughtfully
prepared horsemanship video that I have found. The sections on history of the
Garrocha and tack and equipment are good introductions to those new to the Garrocha,
and the Exhibition footage is truly inspirational.
One realizes while watching this DVD that working with the Garrocha is not just
for one discipline of riding. The principles and exercises presented here can help
with improving balance, refining the aids, and achieving better communication with
your horse no matter what style of riding you do. John Saint Ryan thoughtfully
includes different breeds and training levels to emphasis this point.
Many instructional DVDs show only the perfected footage of the horse. I found
the inclusion of less confident horses and potential challenges that can arise very
refreshing, as it let's the rider get a look at how to safely handle a real-life
I look forward to more from John Saint Ryan on the Advanced Garrocha exercises,
but for now this DVD gives me plenty of useful exercises for both my green horse and
my more advanced horse.
Katy Sommers DVM
This is a very well done step-by-step introduction into the art of the Garrocha. The DVD production values are first-rate and the instruction progresses in a logical, understandable manner. It's full of good practical advice for anyone interested in advancing their horsemanship and developing better communication with their horse, regardless of the breed or style of riding. John Saint Ryan is a fine horseman and an excellent teacher. After purchasing the DVD and seeing how he rides and communicates, I'm interested in attending one of his clinics.
P. Hudson Amazon review
This is an excellent DVD for anyone that wants a step-by-step introduction into the art of the Garrocha. The camara work and sound are very professioinal and it is enjoyable as well as informative to watch. I use the garrocha and related exercises for my own horses and have found them to be extreamly effective in developing the communication needed for all kinds of equitation. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to develop a good basic bond with his or her horse no matter what the breed. Lots of information!
M. Moreshead Amazon review
If you have ever wanted to incorporate the Garrocha into your riding routines, then this DVD is for you. John is a master Horseman with an incredible way with horses. He is also a very gifted teacher when it comes to humans. He has the ability to break down complex subjects into clear and concise components. He starts with the most basic components and slowly adds more until the whole picture is clear and understandable. This DVD presents lessons for both you and your horse. From selecting the right Garrocha, to learning how to handle the Garrocha without your horse, to introducing the Garrocha to your horse, and then on to work in the saddle. If you follow the lessons, you and your horse will feel comfortable and confident performing your routines with the Garrocha. To see how beautiful this can be, check out the YouTube video of John in Las Vegas. Search for John Saint Ryan Garrocha. Simply stunning!!!
Wildhorse Amazon Review
Tom Dorrance More Than a Horseman
Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan
This book is a
collection of essays and stories, which not only reflect the
admiration and respect for Tom Dorrance, but also give clues and
direction to the many people who really want to develop their
You will find knowledgeable horse people from
many disciplines and a wide variety of experience sharing their
‘aha’ moments. Talking about how, despite many a struggle, with
Toms’ guidance and with their own practice and determination, they
could make incredible breakthroughs in understanding and
communication with the horse.
Tom was very protective of his work, his way with
horses. This was not from a selfish point of view. He wanted a
person to get it right. He didn’t want the horse to suffer because
of any misunderstanding and so he tried to help anyone he could and
he would encourage you to observe and compare. If you were prepared
to work at things he was always there for you.
We want to extend our gratitude to all the
contributors to this book. This has been a labor of love and a
personal dream for us to collate all these stories and anecdotes
that go to show the real Tom Dorrance, More than a Horseman.
We truly believe that the contents of this book
will help a person not only with their horses but also with their
- Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan
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WORK IN HAND by JOHN SAINT RYAN
Ryan makes things simple and practical for
both horse and rider to encourage
confidence. His safe, gentle techniques
require minimal gear, and each exercise
builds on the previous one, laying a
strong foundation for future efforts. Best
of all, the skills transfer to
under-saddle work, and help establish a
trusting, lasting partnership with your
horse. Saint Ryan gears his DVD to
riders of all levels and disciplines.
Applying his techniques to your groundwork
will improve your skills and help you
establish a functional vocabulary with
your horse. The
($25.00 when you
order here) is a small price to
pay for developing a lasting relationship
with your horse.”
WESTERN HORSEMAN MAY
“John Saint Ryan brings a
very cerebral approach to his Work in Hand
DVD which demonstrates building a
foundation of communication with horses
through groundwork. Saint Ryan
concentrates just as much on helping
prepare the thoughts of the clinic
participants , as he does on teaching them
THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED
Here are five
essential points to consider
why this DVD would be valuable to you
help build a foundation for communication
with your horse. Working from the ground
with the horses mind.
2. Having the ability, skill and
understanding to move your horse around you
safely in any direction. When you direct
your horse not feeling unprepared or unsure
about leading, backing, driving or lateral
opportunity to observe how your horse is
moving (freely or otherwise). Is he sore or
stiff, imbalanced? Where are the weak points
in his overall physical capability. work in
hand can show simply and clearly where there
may be more or less flexion in a joint.
Also where a ‘brace’ (resistance) is
4. Having the horse and human working in
unity, and building confidence together,
where every simple progression develops that
powerful bond between two essentially
different beings. The cornerstone for
have the practical skill that relates to
successful trailer loading. Also safe
handling for both the farrier and