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Grand Prix dressage rider and famed performer Yvonne Barteau has dedicated her life to discovering how to best communicate with horses.

“I have made understanding horses my life’s goal,” she says. “Growing up, I read every book about horses, training, and riding I could get my hands on, and during my teens I was willing to run seven miles beyond where the bus line ended so I could sit for hours and stare at horses, interacting with and riding them any time I had a chance.”

Before finding her way to dressage, Barteau spent years working at racetracks along the East Coast, first as a groom, then as a trainer.

“These young horses had lots to say, and I was someone who did listen,” explains Barteau. “I became the groom who could ‘tell’ when a horse was well, unwell, in a mood to win, or feeling off and likely to finish at the back of the pack. When one of my charges was off his feed, I figured out the reason. I paid extremely close attention because I wanted so badly to understand what each horse might say to me if he could talk.”

 

 

Barteau’s interest in understanding the horse led her to categorize horse personalities, eventually writing a book on the subject (Ride the Right Horse, Storey Publishing, 2007). These personality assessments helped as she began retraining problem horses and dealing with everything from bucking and rearing issues, to bolters and runaways.

“I eventually entered the equine theater business, and there I needed to pay close attention in order to be able to determine what would keep 67 horses working together in front of a live audience, night after night, while continuing to look agreeable and happy to do their jobs!” Barteau admits. “I was the Director of Entertainment Operations, Principle Trainer, and a Feature Performer at the famous Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando, Florida, for over five years.”

Since her time in Florida, Barteau has devoted the bulk of her riding and teaching time to dressage.

“I believe it to be the best sport for a horse,” she asserts, “and I am ever so interested in anything that might make our equine friends more happy and comfortable doing their jobs.”

And this leads us to Barteau’s newest project: She’s written a book “from the horse’s mouth”—all the things a horse might say about the dressage training process if he could—called THE DRESSAGE HORSE MANIFESTO. From Training Level through Grand Prix, with Barteau’s help, 10 dressage horses tell us like it is: what feels good, what hurts, what they like, what they find boring, why you need more leg here and less rein there, and even how to ride a test, movement by movement, according to their training and tendencies.

“Hopefully, my words, which are based on reactions from horses I have met and worked with and strived to interpret over these many years, might help you in your journey,” says Barteau. “If they do, even in a small way, your horse will likely benefit…and that is my ultimate goal.”

THE DRESSAGE HORSE MANIFESTO is available now from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to download a free sample chapter!

 

“Because it is written from the horse’s perspective, this book is a different and valuable new guide to training dressage from start to finish. All the levels—and required movements and demands of each level—are clearly explained in great detail. Plentiful photos make clear the objectives of each training exercise. By developing an understanding of how horses mentally and physically react to their riders’ progression of training, we will be more likely to achieve the goal of harmony, which is so important in dressage. This is why THE DRESSAGE HORSE MANIFESTO is a must-read for all dressage enthusiasts.”

HILDA GURNEY

Two-Time Olympian, Six-Time National Grand Prix Dressage Champion, Three-Time USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year,  USEF “S” Dressage Judge, USDF Hall-of-Fame Inductee

40-5-Min-Jump-Fix-300Popular clinician and biomechanics expert Wendy Murdoch has a way with words…and body parts. In 40 5-MINUTE JUMPING FIXES, the second book in her bestselling 5-Minute Fixes Series, she talks booty happiness—that is, the “Smiley Butt” vs. “Frowny Butt” phenomenon.

“There is an anatomical limit as to how much space the rider’s seat can offer to the horse’s back,” says Murdoch. “I developed the terms ‘smiley butt’ and ‘frowny butt’ to illustrate two of these positions: the former when the femurs are in a neutral position, and the latter when they are in external rotation.”

The femur (the bone of the thigh) has a wide range of movement because of the hip joint’s ball and socket design. External rotation is when the ball rotates in the socket so the legs turn outward (and internal rotation the opposite—ie, pinching with the knees), but there is only one position where the femur distributes the rider’s weight over the greatest surface area along the horse’s back and around the rib cage—and that is neutral.

“For the most width across the seat, the greater trochanters [the tops of the femurs] must be the farthest distance away from each other,” explains Murdoch. “This occurs when the thighs are neutral between internal and external rotation. The pelvis (via the hip sockets) moves around the ball without restriction. When viewed from the back, the bone shape of the greater trochanters and seat bones across the seat of a skeleton looks to me like a smile.

 

The skeleton folded into jumping position and viewed from behind. The shape of a smile is formed when the femurs are in neutral.

The skeleton folded into jumping position and viewed from behind with the femurs in neutral: “Smiley Butt.”

 

“When the femurs are externally rotated (knees out) seat width is decreased at the back, reducing the amount of space for the horse’s back underneath the rider. This position also limits the movement of the pelvis. As the greater trochanters rotate back and come closer together, the bones look like a frown on the skeleton when viewed from the back.”

 

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The same skeleton shown with the femurs externally rotated: “Frowny Butt.”

 

So remember the Booty Happy Test, riders. Because if your backside is smiling, you and your horse probably are, too.

 

Wendy Murdoch’s 40 5-MINUTE JUMPING FIXES is available at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE to download a free sample chapter.

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs for 30 years, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

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When Cavalia—the amazing equestrian-themed spectacular that has now toured North America for over a decade—first dazzled audiences in 2003, few people knew of Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado. But the whole world was soon abuzz with talk of the display these two remarkable individuals and their unparalleled cast of beautiful horses provided their audience.

“With his wife Magali and her sister Estelle, Pignon is the key to Cavalia,” said Jacki Lyden on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

“Pignon engages in a scene of blissful play with three beautiful white stallions…the impression is one of an intense bond between horses and man—the most emotionally charged moment of the show,” raved Don Shirley in the Los Angeles Times.

“I believe that Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado are two of the finest horsemen in the history of horsemanship,” affirms renowned behaviorist, trainer, and founder of the Tellington Method Linda Tellington-Jones.

Now, for the FIRST TIME EVER, Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado, authors of GALLOP TO FREEDOM and BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE, are coming to the US to teach their methods and share their ideals, and YOU can join them!

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MARCH 19 & 20, 2016

Presented by Firehawk Ranch

Held at the beautiful Valhalla Stables in Aubrey, Texas

Frédéric will guide attendees interested in connecting with their horses at Liberty, and Magali (a Grand Prix dressage rider as well as performer) will share valuable dressage principles.

Liberty with Frédéric is $400 for 2 days, 1-hour private lesson each day.

Dressage with Magali is $350 for 2 days, 1-hour semi-private lesson each day.

Auditors (limited seating) is $75 per day if confirmed before February 19, $80 per day after.

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The application and video submission deadline is February 15, 2016, and we understand the clinic is already almost full, so hurry to be part of this amazing opportunity!

To apply to train with Frédéric and Magali, register to audit, or for more information, CLICK HERE.

 

The bestselling books GALLOP TO FREEDOM and BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information about Frédéric and Magali’s books.

 

Have you seen Frédéric and Magali’s newest show? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see it tour North America?

 

Fergus the Horse, 2016

Fergus the Horse, 2016

Fergus the Horse, the world’s most famous cartoon equine, has entered that twenty-first-century hallowed realm of “Social Media Celebrity.” He shares his daily meanderings, nickers, and naps with over 300,000 Facebook fans, waxing poetic, pondering the philosophical, and garnering laughs by turns. Through all adventures (and misadventures) he is entirely authentic: the quintessential “Everyman’s Horse” with a herd of buddies eager to test their theories of humans and why they do what they do.

In October of 2015, Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com) published Fergus the Horse’s first book, a treasury of his comic strips and greatest online hits. THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE was an instant success, promising more published fun with Fergus and his gang in the years ahead.

We caught up with Fergus following the holidays and before a planned trip south with his creator (artist and horsewoman Jean Abernethy) and asked him about his fame, his friends, and his future. In his first ever media interview, Fergus graciously divulged a little of what goes on when the computer is shut down for the night and he can take a break from answering fan mail.

 

TSB:  Your creator Jean Abernethy modeled you a little bit after a favorite horse she owned when she was in high school. How do you feel the adventures you have had with Jean compare to the adventures she had with her “real” white-faced gelding?

FtH: She and that gelding were kids together. Their world was small then, she says, only encompassing a little farm in a rural neighborhood. They knew every inch of the roadsides, and back lanes of farms where the footing was good enough to go really fast. He seemed to enjoy it, too, and was never in a hurry to get back to the barn. There was freedom to explore the countryside in all seasons. She still tells me inspiring stories about waking up that gelding late at night in winter, and riding out into a bright snowy landscape, lit by a full moon, and how the horse’s footsteps made a bright “squeak” in the snow. I know that whether you’re a colt or a kid, that kind of inspiration stays with you forever.

The adventures she and I have had since then have traversed a broader world. We’ve been far and wide, visiting barns, trails, forests, cities…we’ve visited professional horses and equestrians of different breeds, sports, cultures, and climates. We don’t ride as fast as she and that gelding did back then, but we go further.

 

TSB: Do you like your name? How did Jean come up with it?

FtH: I’m very proud of my name. Jean says her grampa was named Ferguson Abernethy, and that his friends called him “Ferg.” I like the name “Fergus” because it gives me a place to look for a missing shoe.

 

TSB: How does it feel to (almost) always be missing a shoe?

FtH: I like it! It feels a bit weird, but it keeps me focused on my feet, and gives me a constant supply of excuses!

 

Fergus and friends.

Fergus and friends.

 

TSB:  You have an eclectic group of friends that appears with you in your comics. Who is easy to get along with? Who is a troublemaker? Who would you rather be hitched to a stagecoach beside? Who deserves a comic of his or her own?

FtH: Art, the Paint Horse, is a long-time friend. I can really confide in Art. Toublemaker?  Hmm…. well, Dottie is hard to understand, she has a lot of “issues.”  Grace seems to have good ideas, but her ideas usually get us into trouble…(sigh)…mares…

I would really like to be hitched beside Kase, because…well Kase is a movie star! He is only hitched to the most elegant of vehicles, which are easy to pull, so the whole turn-out is like an art-form! But Kase says I don’t have nice hair. Then again, my buddy, Cleveland Ray, is very, very patient with me.

Maybe Clevis deserves a comic of his own. He’s so off-the-planet smart, though, the rest of us horses (and people, too) might not get the punch-lines!  Yesterday, while we were chewing around the hay bale, he mentioned something called “Quantum Physics.”  I wonder what that is?

 

Fergus in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Fergus in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

 

TSB:  You have appeared in a lot of important places around the world, and in the company of some well-known horses and people. Name one of your favorite places you’ve appeared and tell us why you liked it so much.

FtH: The apple orchards in Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia, Canada, were the BEST, hooves down!  Never in my life have I seen so many apples! Oh it was heavenly! Oh the smell of it! Apples and grass….just apples and grass. More apples and more grass…!!! OMG!

 

TSB: You now are the star of your very own book. How does it feel to be immortalized in print? What is your favorite part of your book?

FtH: Wow a book! Yeah…wow! (Clevis said he proofread it, but I don’t know if I believe him.) “Immortalized!?” Is that what a book does?

My favorite part of the book is the first page that I have signed for everyone. It was tricky, because books are very little, but I did it! I am so happy to share laughs with everyone, and this page is my tribute to cheerful humans everywhere. We horses know that a cheerful, laughing human is much less likely to hurt us than a grouchy one. Thank you, Trafalgar Square Books, and Jean, for helping me get my foot in the right place.

 

TSB: If you could hand your book to one horse or human celebrity, who would it be?

FtH: I would like to give my book to Black Beauty. He lived through some rough stuff, at a time in history when horses really had to work hard, and forgive a lot of humans, just to survive. He did a good job, and thank heavens, ended up with a decent retirement. I would like to reassure Black Beauty (and the millions of horses who worked like he did) that life is getting more fun for horses…that a human, laughing, can break the ice in the hardship. If Black Beauty could see us today, he would see that humans are a better source of humor now, than at any point in our history!

 

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember someone trying to ride you.

FtH: Oh, it was a bit bizarre, but not really scary. I’d seen him sit on other horses, but somehow never suspected he’d do it to me. The young lad, you see, he’d leant on my back a lot when I was just a weanling. I missed my mom then, and needed a friend. The young lad was a good friend to me. I think he needed a friend, too. He spent time with me, talking and brushing…sometimes he’d ask me to pick up my feet.  He’d put saddles, then harnesses on me many times.  He’d driven me too, with long lines…we’d done the whole lot by the time I was nine months old. I was a two-year-old when, one day, he climbed right up on my back!  I said, “What are you doin’ up there?”  He said, “We’re doin’ all the same things we done before.” I said, “No we’re not!” He said, “Yes we are!” I said, “This feels weird!”  He said, “I don’t care!”

His legs felt strange, squeezing nudging, but I understood his words from ground driving, and I understood his cues on the bit, right and left, so I figured out what he wanted me to do.  Second day I bucked and jumped a little just to see if he’d really thought it through. He had.

 

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember someone falling off you.

FtH: OH IT WAS AWFUL!!!!!  My rider was under-confident. She completely lost her composure, and her balance, she got all scared, I don’t know why, then I got scared because she was scared. Then she was sliding down my side in the most creeeeepy way, ….auugh!!!! Then she was on the ground in a heap and I didn’t understand why! I was scared I’d done something wrong, and my saddle was pulled to one side, and I stepped on my reins…and I was so afraid!  It was wrong to run, and it was wrong to not run… It was terrible! Let’s talk about something else, please.

 

TSB: If you were trapped on a desert island with a human and a book, what would the human be like and which book would you choose for him or her to read?

FtH: The human would be a vegetarian, and the book would be called “1,001 Good Reasons to Stay a Vegetarian or JUST EAT FISH”!

 

TSB: If you had an iPad and WiFi on your island, what movie would you stream for you and your human pal to watch?

FtH: I would stream Ice Age because I love all the funny characters in it.

 

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TSB: You have a massive following on Facebook and a Twitter presence, too. What do you like about social media? What is your favorite thing to share?

FtH: I think social media is great because I can share ideas with herds of people and horses all over the world. Jean even says some of them are already in tomorrow, but I don’t believe her. No one is ever really in “tomorrow,” they’re only in “right now.”

I like to share serious horse logic with people and horses everywhere.  The Incorrigible Digging Horse story is a good example of that. I don’t know why people don’t understand my train of thought, they just laugh. But I guess that’s OK.  People don’t know it but when they laugh, everything around them just feels better.

 

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

FtH:  Someone who pays attention. Someone who listens, and makes time for me in his or her life. I like a friend that has a nice big tail, and is the same length as me, so we can keep the flies off each other’s faces in the summer time.

 

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a human?

FtH: Someone who pays attention. Someone who listens, and makes time for me in his or her life…and knows where my favorite scratchy spot is.

 

TSB: If you could do one thing in the world that you haven’t yet done, what would it be?

FtH: Win an argument with a cow.

 

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

FtH: Well…pasture…OH, GRASS!…little tender grass…then chewy late summer grass, in a pasture where there’s an apple tree. OH! That is heaven! Grass, and apples at leisure….oh it is completely grand! Grass for hours and hours, then apples at leisure, then back to grass, then apples yummmmmmmmm!… more grass…then when I’m full, I’ll have a chew on the fence.  Perfect!

 

TSB: If you could have a conversation with one famous person or horse, alive or dead, who would it be?

FtH: I would like to have a conversation with Dr. Seuss.

 

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TSB: What is your motto?

FtH: Do good work. It’s the best job security you’ll ever have.

 

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THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

And be sure to follow Fergus the Horse on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs for 30 years, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

UNRELENTING FINAL

 

Ever wonder…

 

What makes George Morris laugh?

What makes him cry?

How many dates he’s been on?

Whether he’s ever gotten high?

 

If he loved his mom?

If he ever poled a horse?

When he first fell in love?

If he’s ever gone off course?

 

We’ve waited so long for

George to share the whole story.

The truth, uncensored,

His lowest lows; his Olympic glory.

 

Stay tuned, get psyched,

In March it is coming!

Meet the real George Morris

In his new book: UNRELENTING.

 

Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com) is proud to announce the March 2016 publication of UNRELENTING: The Real Story—Horses, Bright Lights, and My Pursuit of Excellence by George H. Morris with Karen Robertson Terry. The hardcover autobiography is 560 pages and features over 250 photographs from George’s personal collection.

Follow UNRELENTING the Book on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

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The major muscles of locomotion in the horse.

A basic understanding of how the horse’s muscles create movement is essential to riders and trainers as they seek answers to training issues, and it also allows them to play an active part in keeping the horse pain-free and performing well by including bodywork in their regular care regimen.

In THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED WITH THE MASTERSON METHOD Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes teamed up with Grand Prix dressage rider Betsy Steiner and creator of the Anatomy in Motion VISIBLE HORSE and VISIBLE RIDER Susan Harris to provide a practical level of baseline biomechanics knowledge to support solutions to dressage training problems. Susan Harris painted the primary muscles involved in the work of the dressage horse on an equine accomplice, and hundreds of photographs capture their activity as the horse was then ridden through various movements.

“Muscles can’t push, they can only ‘pull’ (contract) or ‘not pull’ (relax),” says dressage rider and Masterson Method practitioner Coralie Hughes in the book. “Relaxation is as important as contraction—or strength—in the muscle….Tension that inhibits the muscle from being able to fully relax or contract reduces range of motion of the joint with the resultant impact on performance. Furthermore, a muscle that is tight is putting unnatural tension on its tendon, which can actually torque the skeleton. Prolonged unnatural tension can potentially cause tendon and joint damage in the feet and legs.”

For more on the specific biomechanics of the dressage horse, as well as dozens of Masterson Method techniques to relieve tension in the muscles, ease discomfort, and improve the horse’s performance overall, check out THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Each year, as we flip the last pages of December in anticipation for the beginning of January, we at TSB take some time to pause and consider the books we published over the past months. Not only does this process provide an important review of content in preparation for future titles, it also gets us excited, all over again, about the new riding, training, and horse-care skills and techniques our fabulous equestrian authors have shared. In 2015, we tapped the deep well of mindfulness, honed our grooming abilities, and viewed the dressage horse from the inside-out. We found new ways to improve our horses’ confidence and attention, in and out of the ring, had burning questions answered by top judges, and discovered new pursuits that make kindness with our horses and others the goal and guiding principle. We found reasons to ride light, think deeply, laugh, and be thankful for our lives with horses.

We look forward to bring you more top-notch horse books and DVDs in the New Year—until then, here’s the roll-call of TSB equestrian titles for 2015:

 

TrainRidewConesPoles-300TRAINING AND RIDING WITH CONES AND POLES (March) by Sigrid Schope is a spiral-bound handbook with over 40 exercises intended to improve your horse’s focus and response to the aids while sharpening your timing and accuracy. Who hasn’t looked for ways to spice up ringwork and keep his/her horse interested in schooling circles? Here’s the answer, whether you’re practicing on your own in the ring or teaching lessons.

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GALLOP TO FREEDOM (Paperback reprint—March) by training superstars Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado. TSB was the first to bring you thoughts on training and working with the original stars of the international hit show Cavalia, publishing their book back in 2009. The continued value in this storied couple’s work meant that six years later, it was time to release the bestseller anew in paperback.

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WORLD-CLASS GROOMING FOR HORSES (April) by professional grooms Cat Hill and Emma Ford with over 1200 color photographs by professional photographer Jessica Dailey. A bestseller before it was released, this unparalleled photo reference gives every horse owner the tips and tools he/she needs to keep horses in tip-top condition, looking and feeling their best, in and out of the show ring.

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THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN (May) by renowned veterinarian and author Dr. Allen Schoen and trainer Susan Gordon provides 25 principles each of us should live by when caring for and working with horses. Using personal stories and current scientific research, the two write convincingly of the need for an industry-wide movement to develop deeper compassion for not only the horses, but the people, as well.

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THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED (June) by Masterson Method founder and author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE Jim Masterson and dressage rider Coralie Hughes. Jim and Coralie team up with Grand Prix dressage rider Betsy Steiner and creator of Anatomy in Motion Visible Horse and Visible Rider Susan Harris to demonstrate how the muscular and skeletal structure of the horse work in dressage movements. Then Jim provides specific techniques from his popular form of bodywork to alleviate stress and improve performance.

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DRESSAGE Q&A WITH JANET FOY (July) by FEI/USEF dressage judge Janet Foy. This easy-to-use reference is a follow-up to Janet’s incredibly popular DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE, featuring the most common questions she has received over the years. Janet tells it how it is, and includes plenty of her own stories from the road to keep us laughing while learning.

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OVER, UNDER, THROUGH: OBSTACLE TRAINING FOR HORSES (September) by Vanessa Bee, author of the bestselling HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK and 3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP. Vanessa has made a name for herself as a terrific educator, delivering superior and thoughtful training techniques in bite-size chunks. OVER, UNDER, THROUGH doesn’t disappoint, with loads of step-by-step photographs and useful lessons for meeting everyday challenges with your horse in a positive manner that guarantees success.

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COWBOY DRESSAGE (September) by Jessica Black with Eitan and Debbie Beth-Halachmy. Jessica teams up with the founders of Cowboy Dressage to trace the origin of the movement to the present day, then taps Eitan’s expertise to provide readers the basics they need to get started in the pursuit of “kindness as the goal and guiding principle.” Eitan and Debbie describe Cowboy Dressage as a lifestyle rather than a sport, and the book mirrors that mission, inspiring us with beautiful photographs and honest ideals.

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THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE (October) by artist Jean Abernethy. Fergus the Horse is a social media celebrity with well over 300,000 Facebook fans. This treasury of his greatest hits features comics from past print publications as well as those that have made the rounds online—and in addition, 25 never-seen-before cartoons. Jean also shares a little about her rise as an illustrator and the backstory that explains the birth of her famous cartoon horse.

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THE MESSAGE FROM THE HORSE (October) by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling. The world knows Klaus from his bestselling books and DVDs, including DANCING WITH HORSES and WHAT HORSES REVEAL. Over 10 years ago, he detailed his own story in the form of an autobiographical narrative, detailing his discovery of how to be with and learn from horses, as well as how to apply what they teach him to his life as a whole. Now this story is in English for the first time.

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BALANCE IN MOVEMENT (Paperback reprint—November) by Susanne von Dietze. A perennial bestseller, demand for the book led to us bringing it out in a fresh format, ready to introduce a new generation of riders to Susanne’s sensible lessons in horse and rider biomechanics.

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RIDING THROUGH THICK AND THIN (November) by Melinda Folse. Melinda’s last book THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES gained her an enthusiastic following of readers who appreciate her big-sisterly swagger and humor. This new book is the culmination of years of research, providing us all guideposts for riding and being with horses, whatever we look like. Melinda’s goal is to give our body image a boost, and she provides countless proactive ways for us to take a good look in the mirror and finally like what we see.

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BASIC TRAINING OF THE YOUNG HORSE (Third Edition—December) by Ingrid and Reiner Klimke. It’s the Klimkes’ classic text, refreshed with new photos of Ingrid on her top horses. Need we say more?

 

For more about these 2015 horse books, and our complete list of top equestrian books and DVDs, visit our website www.horseandriderbooks.com.

 

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs for 30 years, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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