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Bill Dorrance Training Manual

"True Horsemanship Through Feel"





Desmond Outfitter's 

TIED RIGHT Halters with True Blue Leads and Lunge Lines



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  TIED RIGHT Halter, plus a signed copy of "True Horsemanship Through Feel" (2nd. Ed.) by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond $129.00






© 1999 Richard Field Levine / Diamond Lu Collection

3 signed copies of "True Horsemanship Through Feel" (2nd. Ed.) by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond $175

Plus Domestic Shipping / actual price: $22


Plus Shipping to Canada / actual price:  $49


Plus International Shipping (UK-EU) / actual price: $72





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



DELUXE EDITION -- 21 copies left outof 350 printed


"True Horsemanship Through Feel"

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond


Signed by Bill Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, Leslie Desmond

and William Matthews, the cover artist.


$250 per copy / includes shipping and tracking.


Wholesale Case Rate  $520 



SAVE $49.00 

 "True Horsemanship Through Feel", (Dorrance-Desmond)


Leslie's 10-CD Exclusive Audio Book

"Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel"


$153.00 Includes Domestic Shipping (Actual Fee)


$185.00 Includes Shipping to Canada (Actual Price)


$208.00 Includes International Shipping (Actual Price)






Challenge, change and improve your horse experience with a




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L E A D S   &   L U N G E   L I N E S

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


Weanling - ($27)  includes shipping and tracking in USA


Yearling  ($32) includes shipping and tracking in USA


SM - Small ($37)  includes shipping and tracking in USA


AV - Medium Quarter Horse ($48) includes shipping and tracking in USA


L-Warmblood Halter ($53)  includes shipping and tracking in USA


XL-Draft Halter ($58) includes shipping and tracking in USA



© 1993 Leslie Desmond / Diamond Lu Collection


Beach ride with my horses and students, in Point Reyes, California.



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(These ropes can, and should be washed as needed. Hang to dry in fresh air or OK in your machines at home. Popper is not damaged by this.)

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


12 ft. lead rope /  $39 includes shipping and tracking


15 ft. lead rope /  $48 includes shipping and tracking


18 ft. lead rope  /  $57 includes shipping and tracking


20 ft. lead rope /  $63 includes shipping and tracking


25 ft. lead rope / $78  includes shipping and tracking


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








© 1998 Richard Field Levine / Diamond Lu Collection


If you like to read . . . 


L E S L I E ' S  

L E A R N I N G     L I B R A R Y 


 "True Horsemanship Through Feel"

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond


This stand-alone, classic training manual is used as a colt-starting and

horse training guide by trainers, amateur owners,

professional riders and equestrian colleges.




$80.00 (Price include U.S. Domestic PACK-SHIP-TRACK services!) Signed by Leslie.


$92.00 (Price include Canadian PACK-SHIP-TRACK services / Actual Price.) Signed by Leslie.


$135.00 (Price includes EU-UK PACK-SHIP-TRACK / Actual Price) Signed by Leslie.





"Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel"

contains 102 fact-brimming tracks and beautifully illustrated booklets

that come with each of the 10 CDs.     


$89 (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.



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 © 2002 Diamond Lu Collection


Leslie and a couple horses, in the Panoche. 

We rode high on the east side of the that day, checking fence.



U P   N E X T   .  .   .   .   in  S W E D E N !


3 days of FUN wth your HORSES!


Please contact clinic sponsors soon to reserve a spot for your horse. 

2 demonstration horse spaces and  4 rider positions are available

Children 16 and under are invited at no charge. Auditors are welcome!


TO BE RE-SCHEDULED / Kushem Gard, Knivsta



© 1969 Diamond Lu Collection

 "Bubble Over" at the Kirkwood, Missouri Horse Show in 1969. Leslie up.





© 1997 Particia Weedman / Diamond Lu Collection


Leslie and Bill Dorrance talking things over at the 1997 Pebble Beach event.

Bill told her: "Before our ideas go into print, I think a fella

ought to do some testing on the theories." 


 SEPTEMBER 13 - 15, 2019 / Knutby



© 1992 Diamond Lu Collection

School of Horsemanship, in Novato, CA



SEPTEMBER 20 - 22, 2019 / Syssleback



Heading for a river crossing in Norrland, Sweden.  Leslie on Vamonos, in 2005.




© 1997 Diamond Lu Collection

Leslie and her mares in the Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming.



 SEPTEMBER 27 - 29, 2019 / Charlottenberg 



© 2001 Diamond Lu Collection

Leslie and her mares in Tucson, Arizona.



TO BE RE-SCHEDULED / Mariesbergsgard, Kungalv


In four daily sessions with horses and riders, Leslie will introduce the concepts, techniques and terms involved in the "feel-based" communication that she learned from Master Horseman, Bill Dorrance, of Salinas, CA.


Whether you perfer to ride during your 90-minute private session, or want to bring a horse in order to improve your groundwork skills, Leslie will first demonstrate and discuss the most suitable way for each "Horse & Rider team" to develop the lightness and refinement that is missing between them.


The approach taught and practised by Bill Dorrance can change your view of horses, and help you shape horse to become not only

SAFER to ride and to be around, but CALMER and HAPPIER!



  © 1994 Leslie Desmond / Diamond Lu Collection
And the Good News is . . . 

Accurate hoof placement leads to body alignment, improved

neck and shoulder carriage, and flexibility under a saddle that fits! 


How do you increase the chances of helping your horse

to achieve accurate hoof placement?  


With good timing and effective coaching.

Both make a big difference.



1 - 1  Coaching ONLINE with Leslie Desmond


bill dorrance



One Hour Online Coaching   $90


2hrs. Online Coaching  $180


4 hrs. Online Coaching  $360


Single Term Online Coaching (8 hrs.)  $720


© 1996 Bettina Gordon / Diamond Lu Productions






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 is to help you learn how to ride well and have a lot of fun doing it. Riding is indeed a risky business, and falls are sometimes inevitable.
You MUST protect yourself from an accidental dragging and possible death or permanent injury that can result from it. 
Enjoy the 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