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Patsy Duncan
Clarendon, Texas

"I have ridden all of my life. My family had a 9,800 acre ranch in the Texas Panhandle. Although I went to school and lived in town, I would spend weekends, holidays and summers on the family cattle ranch where we played constantly on horseback. I followed the foreman around the ranch doing cattle work. At age seven I was helping him doctor the cattle and flanking the calves at brandings. We had round ups where we shipped and moved cattle from pasture to pasture"

My name is Patsy Duncan

The things I learned were from cowboys . Some were good horsemen. I was 12 years old when I broke my first colt. His name was Smokey. A grulla, half shetland/half Quarter Horse. I had Smokey till he was 37 years old. I broke other horses from the age of 16 until I was in my twenties.

In high school, I went with a boy who later became my first husband. His father raised Quarter Horses. I thought I was in heaven. I could ride after school any of his horses I wanted. I rode the stallions and colts and mares. I "play- dayed" a little running barrels and poles. These horses were a step up from our old ranch horses. They were mostly Leo bred and really good all around old timey Quarter Horses. They were cowy and fun to ride with good dispositions. We later had race horses and bred stallions. I helped him in his Vet practice and still rode a lot. We lived away from the ranch for 4 years and I missed it terribly.

Around 1987 I moved to the Ranch, with my second husband, to run Duncan Ranch. I have had some wonderful horses. I had one mare, Dog, I rode for 20 something years. She taught me what little I know about cutting. We bred horses and had a son of Dash for Cash who we bred to granddaughters of Doc O Lena. They made great ranch horses. Somewhere in the late 1900's I fell off a gelding I had raised and lost my confidence. I ended up just riding, Dog, the one mare I trusted allot. I think this was my mistake, just riding one horse for about 20 years.

I did it all really.........

I have calved out heifers, pulled calves, doctored cows, fenced, ridden with some great cowboys and neighbored with some big ranches. I never really learned to rope much but I can pen just about anything I want!

My eye opening came when I went to Road to the Horse and saw the horse techniques that would totally change how I wanted to ride. Then I started to watch RFDTV and Dennis and I loved how he accomplished what he did.

I first went to Dennis Reis horsemanship in November 2011. My friend Gail said she was going and I decided I needed to try this. I had seen Dennis on RFDTV for a long time and I like how subtle his movements were and how much he used energy to move the horse. Even 4 years later things come back to me and I am still working on the techniques.

In the summer of 2013 I went back to Reis Ranch with my two grandchildren. I will never forget how wonderful Dennis was with those two kids. He roped with them every night. It was a great month!
I have always said Dennis reads people as well as he does horses.

As I look back I realize how green my mare was when I went in 2011. She had been ridden 60 days at Lamar College and then another 30 days with a good horseman. But learning all that Dennis taught us molded her into a good, dispositioned ,sweet mare who I continue to ride this day. I have used Dennis's ground work and round pen work on my colts with very good results. I continue to work on my mare on all 4 levels. My goal is to ride better with more knowledge.

I now have some nice mares who have been ridden, but not in an advanced manner and were taught some bad habits. One I sent to a trainer to tune up and he almost completely ruined her trying to stop her bucking. He actually made things much worse using a flank rope and causing her to have huge edema under her belly. The other mare was so out of balance, not collected at all and both mares were extremely worried all the time. I had been looking for someone to ride them with Dennis's techniques. .....And then Dennis started this Signature Horse program and I jumped at the chance to save these mares.

This is a fabulous program where Dennis rides your horse for a year and you can go out and get lessons from Dennis himself. Dennis is extremely good at working with you in the area you need personally. I could not be happier with both my mares progress and how much time Dennis has spent with them to overcome their problems. I recently went out for a week and got some much needed instruction. This is a terrific program and very well worth every penny.

"Believe In Miracles "
Patsy

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