S H O P O N L I N E
by 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 life.
- Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan
**This book is distributed through John&MargaretBooks
It is important the horse is
well prepared both physically and mentally to begin training
in the Art of the Garrocha.
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
I thoroughly enjoyed watching your Garrocha DVD. It is professional in quality, easy to follow, and very informative. It has motivated me to give this a try.
Congratulations on a job well done, and for being so creative and industrious.
Way to go, John!
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!!!
I have recently become interested in this
beautiful dance of horse and rider. I was a
successful professional horsewoman for many
years, now retired( and at nearly seventy)
and quite a few years out of the business, I
am back now with renewed enthusiasm of
learning this dance that is just for me and
my wonderful gelding. Johns dvd is
absolutely a wonderful start for me in this
art. He explains the art and equipment in
such a wonderful, easy to understand way. I
look forward to watching this wonderful
demonstration and step by step instruction
video over and over. Thank you John.
Amazing what you can achieve with good step by step instructions..,
This is a wonderful DVD. If you and your
horse have not worked with the Garrocha
Pole, I would highly recommend it. I had
watched Garrocha performances at shows and
always thought it was beyond what I could do
with my horse. But this DVD shows you how to
get there from the beginning, starting with
ground work to get your horse comfortable
with the Garrocha Pole movements before you
try it from the back. The DVD also shows a
horse that is not comfortable with the
garrocha pole at first. It gave me an idea
of what to expect and how to help my horse
through. It has helped my horse's confidence
and mine, my leg work has improved and my
horse has become suppler from this art.
While my little Spotted Saddle Horse does
not have the movement of an Andalusian, he
can be just as graceful as one when he is
working with the Garrocha. I would recommend
this DVD to anyone.
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
This is an excellent DVD for anyone that wants a step-by-step introduction into the art of the Garrocha. The camera work and sound are very professional 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 extremely 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!
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
“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 horsemanship mechanics.” THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED MAY 2003
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