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Vaquero # 6 - "Tierra Encantado"

Four hundred years ago, the Spaniards introduced El Caballo – The horse – to the American southwest.

This noble creature changed the vast new land. He gave the Native Americans power and mobility. He provided the underpinnings for a great ranching culture. Along with the horse, the Spaniards brought branding and ranching techniques still practiced on the great spreads of New Mexico – the Bell, the Pecos, the Conchas, San Cristobal and the Sanchez ranch. It’s here in New Mexico where Spanish, Indian and Anglo come together, each preserving their own traditions, but forging a colorful culture unique to Tierra Encantado – the enchanted land.

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Vaquero # 7 - "MULA"

To most people, the mule is a mystery. They make fun of his long ears and raucous voice, declare authoritatively how  “stubborn” he his, even confuse him with the fuzzy little burro.

What makes mule people such staunch advocates of this long-eared critter?

Thousands of mules carried trade goods on the twelve-hundred-mile Old Spanish Trail. He was worth ten times the price of a horse and men went to any length – even stealing and risking their lives – to get one. They knew that with the mule’s superior intelligence, sense of self-preservation and amazing endurance, he was a breed apart. And when the job was tough, you couldn’t have a tougher or more willing partner.

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Vaquero #8 - "Texas Cowpuncher" -Part 1

The Texas Puncher cut his teeth roping with longhorns. Then driving them east on the Opelousas Trail to New Orleans through treacherous swamps and rivers. Years later, he headed them north to the rail heads.

When the big ranches – XIT, Matador Pitchfork and 06 were established, he had wild country to contend with……cavernous canyons, rivers with quicksand, mesquite thickets that tore his gear apart and cows determined never to be tamed.

This was reflected in his gear and the way he works. He packs a short rope and ties hard and fast. He uses split reins and thinks a spade bit belongs in a museum. He wears leggings heavy as armor and thinks silver is useless adornment. And he’s always in a hurry to get the job done before the midday sun reaches it’s broiling point.

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Vaquero #9 - "Texas Cowpuncher" -Part 2

Texas Cowpunchers come in many forms, born by the chunk of country he calls home. Down in the Gulf country, Cowboys on horseback can get ornery crossbred Brahmas to do most anything, even swimming the Intercoastal Waterway to winter grazing grounds.

Further inland, they rely on their dogs “to bay up” the cattle in the swamps and woodlands, and watch out for the occasional alligator. In the brush country, cattle hide in the thorny mesquite thickets, but fearless Brush Poppers charge right in after them.

And in West Texas, branding takes weeks as Punchers move from camp to camp with the wagon and a hundred-horse remuda. The day begins before sunup and doesn’t finish until two gathers and two brandings are done. In this country, there is a Code Of Conduct, and breaking it has “consequences”.

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WHEN HORSES COULD FLY - And Other Fantastic Tales

by Sharon Janus
Illustrations by Kathy Newell-Worby


The best written and most artistically illustrated children's horse book to come along in a very long time.
This delightfully silly book will captivate the imagination of all children and will splendidly entertain and enlighten adults.
 
Paperback, all in color on extra strong glossy paper. Unique 8.5 in x 8.5 in format.
84 pages, 12 individual stories with 25 artistic illustrations.
 

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TAPADERO - A California Vaquero Journey

DVD by Susan Jensen  & Paul Singer

                
Part I of the Vaquero DVD Series. This feature-length documentary is the story of the California Vaquero and his love affair with the horse. It begins in Mexico, with Father Kino and traces the vaquero’s journey into Alta California, which would become a horseman’s paradise. It takes you to the great ranchos, like the Santa Margarita, where they still follow the vaquero traditions. You get a first-hand look at the vaquero skills; reata roping and the making of a bridle horse. You meet some of the masters of the vaquero way.
                
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THE REMUDA - From Vaquero to Buckaroo

DVD by Susan Jensen  & Paul Singer

Part II of the Vaquero DVD Series. This is the story of how it began in Alta California, moved into the Great Basin country of Nevada and Oregon, and shaped one of the world’s greatest horse cultures. In The Remuda, you’ll get a first-hand look at what this buckaroo life is all about, even get a front row seat at the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo, where they rope wild horses with a twenty foot loop. And when the buckaroos come down California’s Tejon Ranch for an old- fashioned roping contest, you’ll get a vivid reminder of where it all began. A 90 minute documentary DVD.
 

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HOLO HOLO PANIOLO - The Vaquero's Hawaiian Story

DVD by Susan Jensen & Paul Singer


Part III of the Vaquero DVD Series. The Hawaiian cowboys inherited a rich history, originating with the vaqueros of Alta California, when it was still part of Mexico. The filmmakers take you to many of the ranches across 5 islands, the places where wild cattle that inhabited the volcanic slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea were chased down. Catching them demanded great horsemanship and uncommon bravery. This courage under fire is the birthright of the Paniolo and prevails to this day. This very engaging film also features great interviews with original Paniolos and their music in the slack key guitar style.

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HOULIHAN - The Cowboys of Wyoming and Montana

DVD by Susan Jensen & Paul Singer


As the buckaroos brought cattle up from the Great Basin, Texas punchers brought longhorns up the Goodnight Loving Trail. The two cultures met in Wyoming/Montana territory and the Northern Range Cowboy was born. To make a hand here, you must be able to ride rough horses with plenty of buck in em’ and stick it out through long, cold winters. Houlihan takes you on the next leg of the Vaquero Trail and introduces you to a whole different breed of cowboy.


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LOS PRIMEROS - The First Vaqueros

DVD by Susan Jensen & Paul Singer


Just Released - Ships 12/05/2008
The Vaquero roots go back fifteen centuries to Spain, the Moors and Mexico. He carried his bravery to the New World and had a profound influence on the Californio Vaquero and his horsemanship. Filmed in Spain, Mexico and the American West.


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5-DVD VAQUERO SERIES      

5 DVDs by Susan Jensen & Paul Singer


Includes: Houlihan, Los Primeros, Paniolo, Remuda and Tapadero

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NAKED LIBERTY  - Horsemanship Beyond Whispering 

by Carolyn
Resnick
 
         
Carolyn Resnick's detailed account of how the behavior and pecking order of wild horses creates unity and well being to the horse community at large. This book goes beyond "horse whispering" and will inspire readers to seek a higher level of communication with their horses. A philosophical look at ethics and leadership communication as it relates to the society of humans. 
      
Paper back format, 6 in. x 9 in., 264 pages. 

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RIDING INTO THE WIND - A LIFE JOURNEY
by Elly and Nathan Foote 

The story is the saga of two independent young people who were destined, from birth, to be together. The pair literally and figuratively burned their bridges to travel the world on horseback, squeezing the essence of life out of every single day. Their journey, often scribbled in journal pages by the light of a campfire, is not just a travel story; it is a poignant chronicle of life as seen through the eyes of two intelligent, introspective and socially conscious people very much in love with living and each other.


Hardcover format, 7.5 in. x 9 in., 370 pages. Well illustrated with 64 color photos and 36 renderings by painter and songwriter Conchita Maria. 

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ENGLISH / SPANISH DICTIONARY FOR HORSEMEN

With Hispanics and Latinos now dominating the equine work force, the language barrier can pose a problem for bosses and employees alike. That’s where The  English-Spanish Dictionary for Horsemen can help. More than 65,000 words and phrases! Written specifically for horse people, the dictionary covers topics and words that regular English-Spanish dictionaries might not. For example, horse health care, feeding, grooming, tack and equipment, and breeding terms. Paperback, 5 x 8 in., 312 pages.

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