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2017 - 2018 Training and Coaching

This Year, we are GOING FOR IT !


Is it time to start thinking about your training routines from your horse's point of view? 

If you think there is room for improvement in your connection to your horse,

you are most WELCOME to join in the FUN and the CHALLENGES that

LESLIE will share with her  STUDENTS this winter 





Jan 13 - 14  /   Mottalciata (Bl) and Roasio (VC) ITALY


Jan 21 - 22  /  Can Riu, Pineda Del Mar, SPAIN


Click on any date below to register

as a RIDER or an AUDITOR for one or more of the 4 winter workshops!


Jan 27 - 28

Feb 10 - 11

March 10 - 11

April 21 - 22


Abenaki Farm

29 White Winds Farm Rd.

Campton, NH 03223



Jan 21 - 22 /  Can Riu, Pina del Mar, SPAIN


 April  28 - 29 /   Equus Emporda  Albons, Girona, SPAIN


May 5 - 6 / Can Riu, Pineda del Mar, SPAIN


May 12 - 13 / Marminiac, France


Contact Woekshop Host: Lori Shea on FACEBOOK




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Winter Workshop  Schedule:
Saturdays -  Sundays /  9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
January 27-28, 2018  
February 10-11, 2018
March  10-11, 2018
April 21-22, 2018
Four rider positions are taken but there is room for 8 (max) “GOING FOR IT!” Auditor positions.  
Curriculum includes 9 weekly discussions with Leslie, homework, hands on participation, evaluations and a special project to be completed on or before the last session (April 22-22, 2018). 
To learn more about the “GOING FOR IT!” course option, request an application and find course materials list here: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Have you been wondering how to lighten up your horse on the  ground and under saddle? Find out what Bill Dorrance showed Leslie to do to get around this impasse.
 If you want to find out how Leslie’s students are shifting  the focus from endless corrections and micro-managing each step and maneuver to the experience of moving freely forward as a strong team ... then come on!  
Eingside arrendees will enjoy and learn a lot as they see how a trainer, two lifelong riders, and an adult just getting started with her first horse learn the basics of FEEL & RELEASE.
This approach usues the horse's language and unstincts of curiosity and flight to bring about lasting changes in the horse-human  connection on the ground and under saddle! (The horse's FLIGHT response is never accessed, and domination is not part of this fantastic way to educate and also re-school horses that were started in other ways.)
Leslie will demonstrate the techniques she was shown by Bill Dorrance that repair the cracks in any foundation that is not holding up well.  It worls so quickly because“Feel and Release” is the language your horse was born  to understand!
Based on past experience with apprentices whose skills were greatly enhanced from participation as working students, “GOING FOR IT!” up to eight (8) auditors can participate in a portion of the course this winter!
 Starting with a few easy exercises,  traditionally trained horse lovers can jump the gap into the exciting world of Feel & Release horse training that Bill Dorrance recommends, for best results.
There is room for up to 8 auditors to take the course without a horse.  The required homework will be the same as it is for  the four (max) riders who have confirmed their enrollment. The auditors will be asked to participate in weekly discussions about the previous session, as well as situations they may be having with their horses at home.  Three weekly discussions will occur between the monthly sessions. Total of nine weekly sessions will be scheduled for these auditors. 
Auditors who opt for the four month program  will participate each Sunday  (without a horse); take the quizzes and also be asked to turn in a paper on one topic of specific interest before the start of the fourth session (April 21-22, 2018).

I'm Going for It! Four-Month Intensive Audit and Study Program  $750  

(Six places remain available. Please note that this series requires actual participation. The course will not be livestreamed.)


Adult Day Pass $45


Adult Weekend Passes $80 


Youth Auditors  Day Pass (Ages 17 - 21)  $35   / 50% to benefit New England Equine Rescue NEER!


Youth Auditor Weekend Pass $60  / 50% to benefit New England Equine Rescue NEER





Accurate hoof placement leads to body alignment, improved

neck and shoulder carriage, and overall flexibility

 under a saddle that fits! 


How do you increase the chances of helping your horse

to achieve accurate hoof placement?  


With Good equipment and good timing!





Challenge, change and improve your horse experience with a


in combination with the uniquely effective feel of Leslie's


B L U E    B E L L 

L E A D S   &   L U N G E   L I N E S


(Prices include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services!)


SM - Small ($37) 


AV -Quarter Horse ($48)


L-Warmblood Halter ($53)  


XL-Draft Halter ($58) 



  B L U E    B E L L 

L E A D S   &   L U N G E   L I N E S

(Prices include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services!) 


12 ft. lead rope /  $39 


15 ft. lead rope /  $48 


18 ft. lead rope  /  $57 


20 ft. lead rope /  $63 


25 ft. lead rope / $78 


For details about the equipment, and setting up a wholesale account with Desmond Outfitter,  please contact Todd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

L E S L I E ' S  

L E A R N I N G     L I B R A R Y 

If you like to read . . . 

 "True Horsemanship Through Feel"

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond


This classic training manual is used as a colt-starting and horse training guide by many accomplished trainers, amateur owners and professional riders.

$84.00 (Price include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services!)

This book is now out of print, and supplies are limited.



"Horse and Handling and Riding Through Feel" the 10-CD audio book by Leslie Desmond might bring you the new learning experience you are waiting for!

Join the growing number of serious students of horsemanship who are

Listening and Learning how to


Feel & Release Techniques Developed

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond


 LISTEN to Leslie's original 10-CD audio book and bring your "Feel and Release" skills up a few notches! Advance your techniques and refine your feel as you listen. Yes, this is possible, as her students attest!


 "Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel"contains 102 fact-brimming tracks and beautifully illustrated booklets that come with each of the 10 CDs.  

$104 (Price include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services)

Take advantage of 

Desmond Outfitter's WINTER SAVINGS!


These learning tools were developed

by Leslie Desmond and Bill Dorrance

for dedicated students of the horse.

 SAVE $30.00 


 "True Horsemanship Through Feel" (Dorrance-Desmond)


Leslie's 10-CD Exclusive Audio Book

"Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel"

$159.00 (Price include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services!)

Read more about these time-tested learning tools from Leslie Desmond and Diamond Lu Productions, LLC. at shop.lesliedesmond.com

The audio books can be downloaded, and there is also a 3-volume DVD set, "American Horsemanship for Young and Old" to help you understand and train your horse!

Retailers, please contact Laura at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for bulk orders and case rates.


Safer Western Riding is now possible, thanks to fast-release Western Stirrups




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Finally!  Someone has made an attractive looking, practical and professional safety stirrup that guarantees you won't get dragged by your horse if you fall off and your foot is stuck in the stirrup.

I encourage you to call or write to the men who invented and manufacture these life-saving stirrups. Mike and Jake McCoy at the BREAKAWAY STIRRUP COMPANY  in Laurel, Montana . 

This forward-looking safety-minded people designed an ingenious mechanism that does not allow your foot to get hung up when you are roping, cutting, jumping, penning, pleasure riding or starting colts!  


 Riders . . .  check out the McCoys and their safety stirrups for men, women and children. For sport, recreation and show. Many styles and all sizes!


My goal os to help you learn how to ride well and havee a lot of fun doing it. Riding is indeed a risjy business, and falls are sometimes inevitable. You MUST protect yourself from an accidental dragging and posisble death or permanent injuriy that can result from it. 
The McCoys have extended the generous offer of a three-month payment plan to all my students.  This is incredible opportunity makes it possible for many people who, otherwise, would not have the chance to purchase them.
Enjoy rhe peace of mind that comes from knowing that if you get in a bad wreck your foot will come free from the stirrup and the horse. 


Driving to town? Most people fasten on a seat belt.

Playing a little ice hockey? Football? Fencing? Face guards and helmets are donned and the game is on!

  More bull and bronc riders than ever before now wear protective chest plates and a helmet.

Why? Their children and wives want to go out for a meal together after the show...and onward into their lives - - - healthy, happy and in one piece!



Leslie Desmond, friends of Leslie Desmond and their students who have all fallen clear of a horse thanks to breakaway stirrups from STI.





Dr. Robert Miller, DVM, praises Desmond's results with horses using Feel & Release

  From horse expert, Dr. Robert Miller, DVM:

"Dear Leslie,

      Your recent clinic overwhelmed me. Your ability to communicate your desires to the horses with no obvious signals, is extraordinary. You were able to get the horse's head to drop, look where you wanted it to, and to obtain movements in various directions in response to the vaguest of stimuli . . . .

      "You are doing a great job.  I call you the ’clinician’s clinician' "  . . . Regards, Bob