A Message from the Publishers
In 2012 Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan collaborated on the book More Than a Horsemanto celebrate the life of Tom Dorrance. Margaret passed in 2018 and it was her heartfelt wish that this collection return to print to keep the stories and memories of Tom alive for all those who still remember him and for future generations.
These stories are experiences that people had either in the presence of Tom or because of Tom. The contributors are of different backgrounds and have different skill levels. The stories are not “how to do it,” but rather the possibilities of how good it can be between the horse and human.
In this Second Edition we have included additional stories and photographs of Tom and we hope this soft cover and smaller size allow you to carry it around easily and refer to it when you’re traveling or sitting by the barn and reading.
Tom’s “horse lessons” were really “life lessons,” where the things he would speak of, the way he would ask you to do something with a horse, really made you reflect and think about how you as an individual might shape up a little more.
Steve Dorrance & John Saint Ryan
Softcover, 326 pages
baldur_faxi (verified owner) –
This book is a wonderful collection of stories, each written by a friend of Tom’s. Many/most of these friends are notable horsemen and horsewomen themselves. This is the kind of book that you can pick up to read a story or two as you have time without losing continuity, but chances are that you will have a hard time putting it down.
Pamela Skelton (verified owner) –
There are a lot of “trainers” out there, but the ones worth following are the ones who teach from the inside out: understanding follows humility.
Marjorie Phillips –
This is the most uplifting book I have ever read. It rates with “Kinship With All Life.” Seventy four relatives and friends, (once you met Tom you were a friend) wrote something about their relationship with Tom. The common thread validates that Tom was kind, patient, an inventor, and a teacher along the lines of Socrates. Tom would disagree with me but people like him are few and far between. I was sorry to come to the end of this outstanding book of stories.