Over the past several years I have had the great blessing to become acquainted with the Andalusian horse.  His amazing grace, combined with a willing attitude and loyalty that endears the horse with its’ human.  I have learned a bit about the tradition of the Spanish cowboy…The Doma Vaquera, and the equipment and regalia employed for function and artistry.  And I have been enamored by the beautiful dance of a la garrochista with his beautiful Pure Raza Espanol horse, a 13-foot long pole called a ‘garrocha’ (ga-roach-a) accompanied by Spanish guitar music, as they accomplished effortless canter pirouettes.  This is an art form and a compliment to true horsemanship universally.



Specific Articles Regarding Doma Vaquera:

Spanish Traditions of the Doma Vaquera – Part I

Spanish Traditions of the Doma Vaquera – Part II

The Garrocha – An Instrument for All Aspiring Horsemen

Use Of The Garrocha

Cantering with the Garrocha

My Journey in Understanding the Spanish Traditions


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