Doma Vaquera is one of the styles of equitation in Spain,
another being Doma Clasica (classical equitation).
Doma Vaquera is a style of horse riding which
enables the rider to carry out daily duties on horseback on a
working cattle ranch. It was especially developed out of the use
of the horse for handling the fighting bulls of Spain and grew
out of decades of daily work with them in the open countryside.
The style of riding, tack, dress and
discipline of the working horses evolved into what we see today.
It is still being used on working ranches, in Doma Vaquera
competition and more recently, Doma de Trabajo (working
of the Garrocha
Modern Doma Vaquera competitions provide a challenging test
for both the horse and rider. Practicality and precision are
married together as the rider must be aware of the true nature
of these tests which are performed in a 60m x 20m arena. At
advanced level the requirements include all the maneuvers a
horse would need to make when facing a fighting bull such as
explosive gallops from a standing start, skid stops, lateral
yielding and canter pirouettes.
For the first time, the
traditional Art of the Garrocha is completely explained and
demonstrated by John Saint Ryan in a step by step process. Now
you can work in your own time with the traditional method John
teaches at his Clinics. This DVD will teach you how to develop
the skills necessary to practice this wonderful art of horsemanship
as originally taught to John by such experts as Jose Manuel Martin
de Leon. This DVD, for Beginner to Intermediate, includes:
from the National Championships
A brief history of the
Exercises on Horseback
with and without the Garrocha.
How to introduce the
Garrocha to your horse safely.
The Basic exercises at
the walk and trot.
exercises at a gallop.
AND MUCH MORE
One realizes while watching this DVD that working with the Garrocha is not just for one discipline of riding. The principles and exercises presented here can help with improving balance, refining the aids, and achieving better communication with your horse no matter what style of riding you do. John Saint Ryan thoughtfully includes different breeds and training levels to emphasis this point.
Katy Sommers DVM
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