looked like the "cowboy next door", Tom's been profiled in People
magazine and has been called the "patron saint of horses" by the New York
Times. Horse owners from around the world have looked to Tom for
his kinder, gentler, much-proven technique of training horses.
It seems to go in pieces. That's how
it seems to go even for a horse. There's "time" in there; it's just
as well not to crowd the horse if he isn't ready for it. You keep
offering, trying to help as much as you can, without troubling him too
much about it. Then, there will be a day when it will just clear
right up. - TD
(photo taken 8-27-79 Elko, Nevada Ray Hunt & Tom Dorrance clinic)
Listen to the
horse. Try to find out what the horse is trying to tell you. All we
are trying to do is fix things up to where he can find them; then it's the
horse's idea. - TD
(Tom is saddling
a stallion "Pic Remedy" with an English saddle.
Tom in his 80's on a 3-year-old
filly with dog Flipper.
Tom in Battle Mountain, Nevada at
Wilson Ranch. circa 1984-1985
(photo taken by Mary Branscomb, Lamoille, Nev.)
The best thing I try
to do for myself is to try to listen to the horse. I don't mean let him
take over. I listen to how he's operating: what he's understanding or what
he doesn't understand: what's bothering him and what isn't bothering him.
I try to feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse
is. - TD
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