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Pat has done a great job explaining this art. His experience of 40 years of breaking and training bridle horses is now a gift to those who want to learn. Enjoy. Sincerely, Ray Ordway
Born in 1924 Ray Ordway followed the California vaquero traditions of his father Ira, uncles and older brothers working long, hard days on open ranch land, handling cattle, branding, colt starting and absorbing knowledge from old-time masters of the California Spanish style. Today Ray Ordway is known as “Dean of Vaqueros.”
"Pat shares good, practical knowledge about a vanishing art form." Jack Bassett, owner of D-M Western Store, Reno NV
"We made this video so I could share my knowledge about the Art of the Bridle Horse. Every reinsman has his own techniques. My technique is the product of forty years horseback, working on ranches and riding for the public. To me, the Bridle Horse is the highest level of western riding. This video is full of ideas that will help any horseman compliment their horse.” Pat Puckett
“ This project has been a joy to work on and I hope it helps people gain a better understanding of the real practicalities of why a reinsman would school his horse a particular way, and that schooling surely would reflect the actual work required of the horse. The performance horse world was not part of this, anything we have presented here is valid, logical and well founded from a working aspect. and we hope we have shown not only the realities of a good working Bridle Horse but also the training method and progressive scales of learning which if done quietly, correctly and methodically will help you in your own efforts to train a horse in this way.” John Saint Ryan
Included in this DVD you will find:
1. The Foundation
2. The headstall.
3. How to tie the throat latch.
4.Tying the blood knot
5. How to move the feet.
6 The application of the aids and body position.
7. The subtleties of signals.
8 Mechanics of the hackamore.
9. Reviewing the fit of the bosal.
10. How to tie the mecate to the bosal.
11. The horse and the equipment.
12 How to tie the 'get down' rope.
13. The 'get down' rope - tying off.
14 Teaching the horse to accept the bridle.
15 Coastal reins - application.
16. The pre-signal process.
17 Working practicalities.
18. The Palm Concho.
19 Tying the reata - Valise style.
20. The curb strap function.
21. Choosing the cheekpiece and the mouthpiece.
22. A closer look at the mouthpiece.
23. The importance of the practicalities.
24. The spade bit - evaluation.
25. The two rein process.
26. Removing the bit.
27 Bosalito and spade bit.
28. How to hold the two reins.
29. Personal preference in using the two rein.
30 Training principles.
31 Practice a lesson with Pat.
32. Practice putting it all together.
33 Practice. Ranch roping clinic excerpt.
34. Reality. Spring branding in Arizona.
35. Roping clips.
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Duration: 2 hours 04 minutes
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 production.
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 situation. 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
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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
New! Audio CD Think Harmony with Horses
Think Harmony with Horses by Ray Hunt was published in book form in the fall of 1978. The book material was gathered during the many hours of listening as Ray shared his feelings and ideas about horses with many eager students. Ray had been on a quest to share his feelings about horses since he had been influenced by “the horse’s lawyer,” Tom Dorrance, a decade before.
This 2 CD Audio book is narrated by John Saint Ryan. Written by Ray Hunt and Edited by Milly Hunt Porter.
WORK IN HAND by JOHN SAINT RYAN * OUT OF STOCK
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
WESTERN HORSEMAN MAY 2003
“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