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1 Educational Movie: Greetings From Tom Dorrance
This film gives me great insight into the kind of horseman Tom Dorrance was. He lived a life of honesty not just when he was around horses. One also gets a real sense of his compassion for the horse and how good he was at seeing things from their perspective. He is in my opinion the best role model for any aspiring horseman.
2 Educational Movie: Buck Brannaman - Groundwork
Buck Brannaman gives a good demonstration of a variety of exercises you can use to help establish a solid connection with your horse.
3 Inspirational Movie: Hidalgo
This movie shows the kind of partnership that most people should strive for with their horses. (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
4 Inspirational Movie: The Man from Snowy River
My childhood inspiration. Especially impressive are the horse-riding feats, even the loving way the horses are filmed, which help categorize it among horse films without that being its explicit focus. In his debut film, cinematographer Keith Wagstaff encapsulates the beauty of the Australian countryside with a real sense for its expansiveness. (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
5 Books: True Unity by Tom Dorrance
"NEVER HAVE I READ SUCH A REMARKABLE BOOK ON HOW TO GET INSIDE A HORSE! IT IS SO SIMPLY WRITTEN, IT'S EASY TO READ BUT WOW DOES IT MAKE YOU THINK, READ AGAIN & TRY TO GET THE FEELING. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE A VIDEO." Susan Bishop (AMAZON.CA) (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
6 Books: True Horsemanship Through Feel by Bill Dorrance
“If you take away everything that Bill is known for—his roping, the rawhide work, his horsemanship, all of it—what you find you have underneath is a really fine human being.” Buck Brannaman, author of The Faraway Horses and Believe

“Bill Dorrance has a long lifetime’s knowledge of horses and how they work, and his insights are unshakably his own, because he’s lived them. For Leslie Desmond to have captured the style and substance of this remarkable man so faithfully, in such a beautifully produced book, seems hardly less than miraculous.” William Steinkraus, Olympic Champion in Show Jumping (1968) and Chairman Emeritus, U.S. Equestrian Team. (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
7 Books: Think Harmony with Horses by Ray Hunt
"Being a teacher and student of horsemanship, I found Ray's book to be like sitting down to dinner and listening to Ray talk about his relationship with the horse. It is much the same as what Ray tries to explain at his clinics, but as Tom Dorrance said this is something that you have to feel, it's difficult to put into words. You must open your heart, your mind and spirit to be able to have this work. I know that it does. This book can start you on a never ending journey of knowledge. It's not a magical cure for those who have problems with their horses. You must be able to get into a learning frame of mind. "Have patience grasshopper" And remember if it's not working, either fix it so it can or get someone to help you. This book does show you the trail less travelled, it's up to you how far you go." John L Sanford(AMAZON.CA) (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
8 Books: Dressage- A Study of the Finer Points of Dressage by Henry Wynmalen
This book is remarkable in that the author always puts the horse first. Written in 1952 the author is thoroughly modern in stressing the establishment of a dialogue with the horse. Bear with the language of the early 1900s and be enlightened! A customer review at amazon.ca. (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
9 Books: Considering the Horse by Mark Rashid
Coming from the horse's point of view, these entertaining stories quiet, compassionate solutions to horse training problems with insights so simple they are startling. Readers will be amazed at the ways horses communicate with humans beings in this unique horse owner's guide. (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
10 Books: The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman
"Buck Brannaman is part of a lineage of skilled horsemen, and for the horses he works with, it is about trust and understanding, not submission." Robert Redford

"When it comes to horses, Buck Brannaman is part guru, part psychologist, and all cowboy. He's a 19th -entury man in a 21st-century world, and his life is at once inspirational and instructive." Tom Brokaw (Click on title to buy now from Amazon)
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