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Kip McGinnis
Karen Weaver rides her Friesian stallion, Asher, with a garrocha pole in hand.
Bull-fighting technique used to train horses

A Buffalo woman is helping to popularize a different form of horse training. The technique of garrocha originated in the Spanish bull-fighting scene.

Karen Weaver, originally from Voorheesville, New York, discovered the method of training while watching videos of the bullfighters herding bulls. She is one of a handful of American practitioners of the art.

Garrocha is a Spanish word meaning “vaulting pole.” It is also a method of training horses.