From: "True Horsemanship Through Feel" by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond
Q: “Why is this approach not widely known and available?”
Bill: "It seems that this approach we’re talking about isn’t better known because some people can get by without it. And others are just trying to get by without it because they haven’t seen anyone work this way with a horse. People get the urge to pull on those horses because they don’t know what else to do. One things for sure, most people are handling horses the best way they know how. But if they aren’t using feel, I’ll just say it’s not a very good way. That’s because the horse and the person can do a whole lot better than that. It isn’t that people are dumb or don’t want to do better. No, when they have the opportunity to see someone operate a horse this other way, then I’d say most people can understand that there’s a difference just by watching it. This feel were talking about is something a lot of people can just sense by watching a demonstration. It’s what gets a lot of people started. What they really get from watching is a start on understanding how good it can be for the horse, and for them, too. After people see a horse handled or ridden with feel, I am in hopes that they can get some good supervision [Pg. 358]. And another thing that’s really helpful is when people get an opportunity to learn how it feels to ride and handle a horse that’s been started this way. When this can happen, it’s very best way for them to learn. Generally speaking, an amazing change can take place in a persons attitude about horses after they’ve had an opportunity to handle or ride a horse that’s been prepared [Pg. 344] this way."
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