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Ropes that actually carry your feel to their feet....
Leslie's Lead Ropes and
TIED RIGHTTM HALTERS
Right handed people generally tend to approach their horses on the left side. A glance backwards in time explains this long-accepted practice, which dates back to the era when wars were fought on horseback and the predominantly right-handed cavalry carried swords on the left side of the body.
When a horse is mounted from the right side, a sword carried on the left interferes with ease of access to the saddle....meaning, as the left leg is brought across the horse's back, the sword hangs down in the way. A rider then loses valuable time, compounded by the risk of getting the sword under his leg as he settles into the saddle!
For this reason, horse equipment has been designed for right handed people. When equipment is designed for use on the right, we spend more time on the right.
As you start the important job of balancing yourself and the horse from the ground up, this equipment helps the handler and the horse to get comfortable together when doing things from the right side.
Using a TIED RIGHT halter begins to reduce the ill-effects of one-sided horse handling because they fasten and un-fasten on the right side of the horse. The way horses use their bodies reflects the way we use and orient ourselves to the daily tasks and chores
How does this promote better balance?
Shifting routine tasks like haltering and leading from the right side causes the horse to its shift focus form left to right, and also to adjust the use and weight normally placed on the to the right front leg. This shift in approach to haltering and unhaltering begins to lightenup the left-shoulder, as it also encourages the horse to draw the right hind leg underneath him.
This deeper engagement of the right hind leg gives the horse more support and confidence when he needs to use that left diaginal for balance. In a right lead, for example.
Good timing and good equipment help to ensure accuracy in hoof placement.
Accurate hoof placement leads to body alignment, improved neck and shoulder carriage,
and overall flexibility under a saddle that fits.
AR - Arab ($35)
AV -Quarter Horse ($45)
15 ft. lead rope / $45 plus shipping with tracking.
18 ft. lead rope / $54 plus shipping with tracking.
20 ft. lead rope / $66 plus shipping and tracking
25 ft. lead rope / $75 plus shiping and tracking.
If you don't see the size you need,
Leslie will cut you a custom length of rope to fit your needs.
Price: $3 a foot includes shipping and handling in the USA.
International shipping rates apply.
LESLIE'S LEARNING LIBRARY
If you like to read . . .
"True Horsemanship Through Feel" (1999) by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond, a classic training manual that is used as a guide by many accomplished trainers, amateur owners and professional riders can be purchased here for $75.00 plus shipping with tracking.
This book is now out of print, and supplies are limited.
Have a look on Ebay and Amazon at the current prices for used and new paperbacks.
If reading is not your cupof tea, you can LISTEN to Leslie's 10-CD audio books and and learn while you drive and do chores around the farm and home!
Learn more about the FEEL and RELEASE approach to horse handling and riding Leslie's 10-CD audio book,
"Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel".
This set contains 102 fact-brimming tracks and beautifully illustrated booklets that come with each of the 10 CDs. $89 (plus shipping with tracking.)
HOLIDAY GIFT SPECIAL FOR THE HORSE LOVER IN YOUR LIFE!
$139.00 / Includes Shipping with Tracking.
Read more about these time-tested learning tools from Leslie Desmond and Diamond Lu Production, LLC. at shop.lesliedesmond.com
The audio books can be dowbloaded, and there is also a 3-volume DVD set, "American Horsemanship for Young and Old" to help you understand and train your horse!
You have one head, and you are worth it!
Finally! Someone has made an atractive looking, practical and professional safety stirrup that guarantees you won't get dragged by your horse if you fall off and cannot get your foot out of 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!
MY GOAL IS TO HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO RIDE WELL, and HAVE A LOT OF FUN DOING IT. RIDING IS A RISKY BUSINESS AND FALLS ARE SOMETIMES INEVITABLE, you must PROTECT YOUR SELF FROM AN ACCIDENTAL DRAGGING.
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.I WANT PEOPLE TO LEARN ALL THEY CAN ABOUT RIDING ALL SORTS OF HORSES. WE HAVE A GOOD TIME RIDING, AND IT HIS IS DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE PEACE OF MIND THAT COMES FROM KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU GET IN A 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!
Riders . . . check out the McCoys and their safety stirrups for men, women and children. For sport, recreation and show. Many styles and all sizes!
Leslie Desmond, friends of Leslie Desmond and their students who have all fallen clear of a horse thanks to breakaway stirrups from STI.
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YOU HAVE ONE HEAD!
Thanks for reading this....
From horse expert, Dr. Robert Miller, DVM:
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