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
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
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
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