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August 2011 issue
vaquero style of horsemanship evolved on this continent during the Spanish
Colonial period (1650-1821), when the Spanish crown granted thousands of acres
of land to families loyal to
stems from the word “vaca” which is Spanish for cow. Translated, it means
someone who works with cows. Our American term is “cowboy.” Buckaroo is the
anglicized version of the word, because the Spanish pronounced vaquero with what
sounded like a “B.” In later years, American cowboys living the lifestyle
and practicing the method adopted the word and began referring to themselves as
buckaroos and Californios using similar techniques were distinguished by the
different terms depending on the region of the country where they lived and
“Natural Horsemanship” movement of today is derived from vaquero-influenced
horsemanship. In the mid-20th century, Tom and Bill Dorrance of
change was instigated when student and friend Ray Hunt started holding
“clinics” across the country in the 1970s, teaching the concept of feel,
timing and balance. Tom, Bill and Ray suggested a way of working and
communicating with horses that required patience and understanding. They
introduced the idea of becoming a leader that the horse respects and wants to
traditional cowboy way of taking charge by force, in a win or lose situation for
the horse, was being replaced. A gentler and more humane approach was taking
horsemen will recognize the words of Ray Hunt… “to understand the horse,
you’ll find that you’re going to be working on yourself.”
Dorrance stated, “Listen to the horse, try to find out what he is telling you.
Fix things up to where he can find the answer….then it’s the horse’s
three legendary horsemen are no longer with us; the Dorrance brothers and Ray
Hunt have passed away, but their legacy lives on in notable,
nationally-recognized clinicians such as Buck Brannaman, Byran Neubert, Joe
Wolter and Peter Campbell.
addition, the message continues to be spread through the other excellent
horsemen, and these horsemen are considered the next generation of vaquero
horsemen who adhere to the principles and philosophy of those three great men
and the vaqueros of centuries past.
Trexler of the Trexler Ranch raises and trains horses, Reed has been featured on
the cover of Eclectic Horseman in 2010, and won and placed in the two-rein and
ranch roping events in the prestigious Californios Ranch Roping and Stock Horse
Competition in 2010 and 2011.
horse owners have the natural ability to create a wonderful partnership with
their horses, but many need education and guidance to communicate with the
animal they have chosen to add to their life.
vaquero or, what some people now refer to as “Natural Horsemanship,”
techniques, offer the owner the opportunity to go well beyond the “snub him up
and sack him out” and “kick him to go; pull him to stop” mentality.
Learning to better understand and control the horses mind and then its
body, learning to treat each horse as an individual and work with the horse
where it is at mentally and physically creates respect and a strong bond between
horse and human.
for demonstrations by Ty Heth and Chris Bohenek at the Ravalli County Fair,
August 31–September 2, 2011, in
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