Learn what it really means to be A Voice for the Horse.

A community for horse owners guided by John Saint Ryan - to honour and share, the original teachings of Tom Dorrance.

Dear friends. I am excited to tell you about a project I’ve been working on to share my lifetime work with horses with you.

I’ve been teaching the public for the last 30 years and began writing my book "A Voice for the Horse" about 10 years ago. As the years passed I realized that other than the stories about how I started with horses and the many trials and tribulations I had, the actual methods and skills I used were constantly being refined, which is what they should be. I guess that’s why it took me so long to write my book.

So the book tells a little of how horses have impacted me from a young age and it chronicles my time learning from the biggest influence on my horsemanship - Tom Dorrance. Wonderful days. It also documents my personal studies and theories which developed over the years.

In my book I set out a one month training program to help people with their horse’s education. This is not necessarily just for starting horses under saddle, but can be used as a check list for any horse you are riding. It’s a way to make sure your horse has the best education for his life with us humans.

This last part is what has taken me so long to finalize because, the things I used to do as the song says, I sure don’t do no more. Not because it was abusive; but with time, study and practice I found better ways to present things to the horse. Better for the horse and better for the human. 

Much of the theory of this came from analyzing the things I learned from Tom and putting that together with the most up to date scientific research available to make myself clearer in my interactions with both horse and human. I hope to pass this on to a wider audience.

I  want to help as many people and horses as I can, so I have created an online membership, the "A Voice for the Horse Community". In there I will share a film project I have been working on to turn my book into a visual guide. It's also the place where I share the wisdom that I have gathered over the years, including many hours of video footage and insights from Tom Dorrance. 


A Voice for the Horse Community

with John Saint Ryan

In this video John explains from the heart how he intends for this project to honour the wisdom he learnt from Tom Dorrance

Join John's A Voice for the Horse Community

  • Fully searchable videos in a library that is growing each month.  
  • Over 200 Videos of John reflecting on his journey, sharing his wisdom and answering questions.
  • Exclusive content and videos of Tom Dorrance that John has never shared before. 
  • Easy to follow training and confidence video series - watch it and then apply it with your horse. 
  • "Get the Mind and the Feet will Follow" - Educational film detailing the training concepts of Tom Dorrance in alignment/conjunction with Equitation science
  • "The Art of the Garrocha" 
  • Interviews with John.... and much more.

Access these great Videos (normally sold separately) by joining John's community 


Get the Mind and the Feet will Follow

This latest film promotes ethical training with horses, focusing on understanding and trust between horse and human. It encourages critical thinking skills and introduces Tom Dorrance's principles through flashcards.

Embracing Tom Dorrance's timeless wisdom, it advocates for a paradigm shift: working with horses from the inside out. By prioritizing trust-building on every level, this film lays the groundwork for an ethical and fulfilling bond between horse and human.

Unveiling the inner workings of equine psychology, it offers a gateway to a lifetime of understanding. Regardless of discipline or skill level, these principles apply universally, offering a holistic approach to horsemanship. You don't need to be a professional to benefit - whether you're a novice or seasoned equestrian, these insights will elevate your connection with your equine partner.

The Art of the Garrocha

It is important the horse is well prepared both physically and mentally to begin training in the Art of the Garrocha. In John's community you can watch the full Art of the Garrocha instructional video as well as additional clips created by John about Doma Vaquera - Working Equitation.

"This is a very well done step-by-step introduction into the art of the Garrocha. The DVD production values are first-rate and the instruction progresses in a logical, understandable manner. It's full of good practical advice for anyone interested in advancing their horsemanship and developing better communication with their horse, regardless of the breed or style of riding. John Saint Ryan is a fine horseman and an excellent teacher." - Katy Sommers DVM

Work In Hand

“Saint Ryan makes things simple and practical for both horse and rider to encourage confidence. His safe, gentle techniques require minimal gear, and each exercise builds on the previous one, laying a strong foundation for future efforts. Best of all, the skills transfer to under-saddle work, and help establish a trusting, lasting partnership with your horse. Saint Ryan gears his video to riders of all levels and disciplines. Applying his techniques to your groundwork will improve your skills and help you establish a functional vocabulary with your horse." - WESTERN HORSEMAN

“John Saint Ryan brings a very cerebral approach to his Work in Hand Video which demonstrates building a foundation of communication with horses through groundwork. Saint Ryan concentrates just as much on helping prepare the thoughts of the clinic participants , as he does on teaching them horsemanship mechanics.”

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  • Reflections of a Horseman
  • Exclusive Tom Dorrance Videos
  • Video Training Series 
  • Interviews with John
  • Fully searchable videos
  • Easy to navigate content Library
  • New content added regularly



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  • Reflections of a Horseman
  • Exclusive Tom Dorrance Videos
  • Video Training Series 
  • Interviews with John
  • Fully searchable videos
  • Easy to navigate content Library
  • New content added regularly

Searchable Videos

Check out the search function in the community library. You can find any topic within the videos by the click of a button!

About John Saint Ryan

John  had several successful careers, but horse riding was always an integral part of his life. Born in the UK, he taught martial arts for 27 years throughout Europe, coaching 12 students to become National Champions and was also elected Chairman of the British Thai Boxing Council. During that time, John rode horses recreationally, while also having a successful acting career, which included being a stunt double for Sean Connery, and co-starring with Heath Ledger in the TV Series 'Roar.' 

In 1992, Saint Ryan moved to the United States and was introduced to the horseman Tom Dorrance, where his love for horse training flourished. Together, John and Tom created training DVDs including 'Greetings from Tom Dorrance', 'Feel, Timing & Balance and 'Visits with Tom'.

John with the late Tom Dorrance 

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