Updated: Jan 1, 2019


Several months ago, I decided to move my classroom to a learning platform that is

better suited for year-round coaching. With tightening budgets on the minds of many,

I was looking for the best way to remain accessible to people who cannot travel long

distances to find help for their horses. After much thought and discussion with

students and colleagues, I felt sure that an online alternative to weather-dependent

education would be a step in the right direction.

In addition to the benefit it offers a horse owner, this opportunity also marks a quantum shift in the options that have opened for me. Most importantly, it has transformed the time-

devouring trips I used to make by air, truck and train into valuable hours I now

devote to the creation of interesting learning resources.

Without a good coach, it is not easy to learn what horses need their handlers to know about feel and release, and about the timing and placement of their hooves.

I hope you enjoy the site and find meaning for your journey with horses on these pages.

All the best!

Leslie Desmond

Updated: Jan 1, 2019

I had reached a wall with my tall, red Holsteiner, Chase. True to form, he was (and is) my

guidance system for horsemanship - and life! After a lengthy search and unlikely series of events, we found ourselves with Leslie in the Colliseum at the Equine Affaire in Columbus OH in 2007. It was an opportunity that would change everything. Chase was crystal clear: this was the missing link.

Leslie invited me to ride in an in-depth trainers’ clinic in California later that year. I learned so much. A new chapter had begun. Leslie's teachings about how to truly get with the feel of a horse are compelling. For me, it brought to life like never before my awareness of those "smaller things" in a horse that are right there... when we learn to see. That last part is perhaps the greatest gift of all - to truly "see" the horse is to tune into our ultimate teachers of this art.

I continued to immerse through Leslie's trainers' program, riding in clinics across the U.S, hosting others for my students, and traveling to Sweden for private coaching for several years.

One day I was walking my dog and suddenly p18 of "Bill's Book" popped into mind like a sign-post. I had been so immersed into working with Leslie I'd had no "bandwidth" left to consider what I knew was on that page. Bill credits the old masters of the French Cavalry as an influence in his work, since the 1950s: "The way [Beudant] explained things, there was no doubt in my mind about what a person needed to do to get these little things working for them and their horse."

I had grown up in France, soaking up a foundation from these roots. It was time to re-visit, re-kindle and mine those early teachings. This time I went right to the old masters' original writings. Old lessons were revived with new meaning and deeper appreciation. As Bill wrote, "The Real Masters Understood Feel".

The common ground between the two perspectives is fascinating. Yet more fascinating still were the connections that came to mind about how Bill may have adjusted to support his approach of Feel & Release and primary goal of leaving the horse's genuine, natural, exquisite lightness intact - in a connection through feel.

Feel and Lightness go hand in hand, and to me, augment every moment spent with a horse. What a fascinating path for us all to follow and share our experiences as we go!

I'm so glad to be doing my part to spread the word about these teachings.

Karen Musson, Art of Riding LLC

Updated: Jan 1, 2019

Hello, fellow horse lovers and students of feel! I am so proud to be a part of this exciting group of like-minded people. Together, with Leslie's guidance, we can learn and grow in our horsemanship and see the differences day by day as I have seen since incorporating Leslie's and Bill's feel-based approach more than ten years ago. I am here to lend my support as a web content manager.

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