Novato, CA: Diamond Lu Productions, 1999. First Edition. Large 4to. xiv, 384 pp. Index. Black & white photo-reproductions. Tan cloth in color illustrated dustjacket. A fine copy, as new. Item #20749
Along with his brother, Tom, Bill Dorrance (1906 – 1999) is considered among the founders of the modern natural horsemanship movement. Born and raised on an Oregon cattle ranch with a background in the Great Basin "Buckaroo" tradition, they promoted natural, gentle methods of horse training, emphasizing "feel" of the horse and observation of its responses to the handler. They had a particularly strong influence on Ray Hunt and Hunt's disciple, Buck Brannaman as well as Arabian horse breeder and trainer Sheila Varian. Many horse trainers claim influence from the Dorrance brothers. He spent the last 50 years of his life riding and roping on his Mt. Toro Ranch in Salinas, CA. Clearly Dorrance poured his heart, mind, and soul into the effort of the book. This 90-year old man cared enough to take the time to describe in detail each particle of feel that goes into the making of good horsemanship.This important work was published shortly before he died.