TSB Author Susan Tinder Talks About Returning to Her Roots at Quarter Horse Congress and Getting Reviewed by George Morris

QHCongress 2013

TSB author Susan Tinder will present a class based on her bestselling book JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

 

This weekend kicks off the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. Congress is the World’s Largest Single-Breed Horse Show, receiving more than 17,000 horse show entries during its three-week schedule and attracting more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area.

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce that Susan Tinder, author of the JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and owner of the premiere equestrian facility Tolland Falls in Colorado, is giving a class on designing practice courses on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.

Immediately following her presentation, you’ll have a chance to meet Susan, ask her questions, and buy her book, which has garnered rave reviews from esteemed publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse and Practical Horseman and top horsemen such as former US Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe George Morris and USEF “R” Judge Geoff Teall. The author meet-and-greet and book signing will take place at the Blue Ribbon Books booth in the Main Exhibit Hall around 3:00 p.m.

This special event at the All American Quarter Horse Congress holds particular meaning for Susan, who grew up in Columbus riding and showing Quarter Horses. We caught up with Susan before she heads to Ohio and asked her about her book, her presentation, and her history with the Quarter Horse breed (not to mention what it is like to have George Morris review your book!)

 

TSB: Your new book JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL has garnered rave reviews from publications such as Practical Horseman and The Chronicle of the Horse, as well as top professionals like Geoff Teall and even George Morris. What inspired you to write the book? Can you tell us a little about how it came to be?

ST: The book came about out of necessity, really. I was paying for a trainer’s time, and we spent most of it moving jumps around and setting up gymnastic exercises before I could begin my lesson. So, I decided to be proactive and set exercises up ahead of time.

Moving jump components around is hard physical work and especially hard when I had to move components multiple times because I was making up the course on the fly! It didn’t take long before I realized that I needed help gathering, moving, and adjusting the fences.  That’s when I knew I had to come up with a better way to communicate how I wanted the course to be set. I started researching course design and found that a book on the topic just didn’t exist, or it existed but it was for designing Grand Prix jumping courses (way out of my league!) Most books on jumping have parts that address course design issues and gymnastics, but I couldn’t find anything comprehensive or appropriate for my level of riding skill.

At first my design education was “trial and error” with professional oversight from my trainer, and I saved all the diagrams that I created in Powerpoint. The book started as a compilation of the course designs and gymnastics that I have set up for myself over the years. I have used most of the courses, and all the gymnastics, from the book in my own program, so I know they can be ridden by just about anybody.

I also found that designing and setting courses by myself was a great learning tool because I had to create the “questions” for the “test” of jumping the course. I was able to practice answering the questions and really work on the ones I was having a problem with through the use of the courses I designed.

I didn’t really start out with the intention of writing a book, but it kept getting longer and longer and I was encouraged by Eliza McGraw to forward the rough manuscript on to you (Trafalgar Square Books) to see if you had an interest in publishing it. And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

TSB: What was it like to hear that George Morris thought your book was “very correct” and that you did “an excellent job”? Have you ever met George or ridden with him?

ST: When you told me that you had sent an advanced copy of the book to George Morris, I felt sick, actually! But then, I figured that George Morris would never read something from a “nobody” like me or, at the very least, he would think it was just awful and not waste his time to say anything about it at all.

I was wrong. As Mr. Morris would say, “You know NOTHING!!”

Yes, I have met Mr. Morris. I have ridden in his clinics. I even fell off in one of his clinics and the photographer published the picture of it in a magazine! I have learned so much from his books, his articles, his videos, and his professional advice. I believe that he has contributed more to our sport than any other individual ever has. He can ride, he can teach, he can demonstrate, he can speak, and he can write. He will leave a great legacy to all of us involved with these wonderful creatures we call horses.

I wrote Mr. Morris a thank you note after he made his gracious comments about my book. I felt it was also an opportunity to tell him how positively he had impacted my riding career and to thank him for all he does for the sport. About a week later, I got a postcard from him, in his own handwriting, saying that “yes, he enjoyed reading my book and he thought that it would be good contribution to a lot of people.” I just stood at the mailbox in disbelief! I was so flattered—his personal note means so much to me—and who in this day and age has the kind of class to actually make the time to hand-write and address a note? I read it to all of my friends and clients at the barn. I plan to frame it and hang it in my office!

 

TSB author Susan Tinder on her Quarter Horse mare, Lady Biddersweet, back in the day!

TSB author Susan Tinder on her Quarter Horse mare, Lady Biddersweet, back in the day!

TSB: You are presenting at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. Can you tell us a little about your history with Quarter Horses and why this event is important to you, your discipline, and the Quarter Horse breed?

ST: I am originally from Columbus, Ohio, and showed horses throughout the state. I showed during my late teens and early twenties, and in my last year of showing on the circuit I won numerous national All-Around awards and ended the year as Reserve All-Around Amateur for the State of Ohio.

The last show I competed in before “retiring” and selling my mare Lady Biddersweet was at the 1982 All American Quarter Horse Congress. We built the first commercial exhibit booth for the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association in my parent’s garage, and I painted the logo of the foal with the tag line “Young and Growing” for the back wall of the booth. In the booth we displayed all of the old scrapbooks with articles about the association. I also worked in the All American Quarter Horse Congress press box for a couple of years.

In a way, lecturing at the Quarter Horse Congress is sort of coming back full circle for me. Columbus is home and that is where I started riding and got my first taste of what competition was all about.  It is where I learned the basics. But more than that, I see so many things that the Hunter/Jumper industry could learn from our Quarter Horse colleagues, especially how to create incentives for breeding and bringing along and marketing young horses. I also think that the philosophy of Youth Activity classes and judging teams could be a model for equestrian education across all disciplines.

And finally, this lecture is going to be special because I am lecturing on Saturday, October 12th.  This was my dad’s birthday and I know he would have been very proud.  I will also be able to share this with my 92-year-old mother who is planning on being in attendance to hear me speak.

 

TSB: What will you be presenting at Congress and what can people hope to learn from your talk and apply in their own arenas, at home or at their boarding/training facility?

ST: My 45-minute lecture is going to cover the material that TSB made me delete from the book because the manuscript was too long! It will address some of the common questions that I have been asked by people who have read the book and walk though the basics of what to plan for in designing a schooling course. I will then use one course setup to also create gymnastics and practice exercises.

The presentation will demonstrate how you only need about three or four jumps to accomplish your training goals. Following the Congress Presentation, the content of the class will be available on the Tolland Falls’ website at www.tollandfalls.com. In addition, a book signing will immediately follow the presentation at the Blue Ribbon Books booth in the Commercial Exhibit Hall.

 

TSB: If you were trapped on a desert island with a horse and a book, what breed of horse would it be and which book would you choose?

ST: I don’t think the breed of horse would matter.  But I would want one that was calm, friendly, and an easy keeper! If I could choose one of my horses to be with me, I would probably choose my horse Rueben (a Westphalen). Rueben would stand beside me with his chin resting on my shoulder, drooling down my neck (he does this all of the time) and listen to me read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

 

A three-year-old Susan on the first "horse" she remembers riding--she remembers him being a lot bigger!

A three-year-old Susan on the first “horse” she remembers riding–she remembers him being a lot bigger!

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

ST: I think I must have been around three years old and it was an old white farm horse. I was told I cried when I couldn’t take him home.

 

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

ST: I gotta tell you, I have fallen off so many times that a better question would be if I remember the last time I fell off a horse?!!?

 

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

ST: Acceptance and honesty.

 

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

ST: Acceptance, forgiveness, and honesty.

 

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

ST: I think any day you can do something from the back of a horse, it’s a good day. I just hope I get to have many more of those days.

 

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

ST: Bertalan deNemethy.

 

TSB: What is your motto?

ST: Aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you will still land in the stars.

 

What They’re Saying About JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL:

 

“I’ve spent time with JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and find it very correct. Author Susan Tinder did an excellent job putting together a useful collection of courses.” — George Morris, former Chef d’Equipe US Show Jumping Team

 

“Susan Tinder has put together a very thoughtful and thorough manual to help anyone in all aspects of course design. I find the sections designed to help people with their gymnastics and course design for training at home especially helpful — we all find ourselves getting a bit stale with our work at home, and this manual will help us come up with fresh ideas. I love that Ms. Tinder covers all aspects of course design, jump construction, and even storage and maintenance of jumps. I look forward to studying her book in more detail, and putting some of her ideas to use in my own training program.” –Geoff Teall, Trainer, Author, and USEF “R” Hunter and Hunter Equitation Licensed Judge

 

“An incredibly useful book…perfect for taking to the ring…perfect for anyone who does a lot of riding on her own or for the instructor who’s looking for some new ideas to spice up lessons.”  –The Chronicle of the Horse

 

“It would be wise to pick up a copy of JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL before you hurt your back moving standards for the umpteenth time.” –Practical Horseman

 

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JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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“A Superb Adult Coming-of-Age Story” and Other Reader Reviews of RIDING BARRANCA

 

Did you read a great book this summer that featured horses? Did you find one that struck a chord deep within…one that moved you? These readers all found a reason to pick up RIDING BARRANCA by Laura Chester, and here’s what they’ve chosen to say about it:

 

Riding Barranca is tender, beautiful, complicated, simple, wondrous, and mystical—much like the endeavor of riding a horse. Laura Chester masterfully orchestrates two parallel narratives: her complex family upbringing amidst her mother’s slow descent into Alzheimer’s, and Laura’s soul-infused love of her horses and her life with them.”

–Carew Papritz, Author of The Legacy Letters

“Laura Chester takes us on her ride between the worlds – through landscapes of chaos, fear, and pain, as well as grace, inspiration, and transcendence. Always an adventure, and never without danger, we experience the rhythms of her life, her growth and healing, through difficult passages of loss and liberation, as she enters the ultimate solo chapter of living on beyond her parents. Of letting go, and letting healing begin.”

–Bicoastal (on Amazon.com)

“Chester celebrates the vast beauty all around her, as well as the darker regions of her childhood. The counterpoint of Chester’s explorations into the emotional turmoil of her upbringing set against the joy found on the back of her equine soulmate, Barranca, make this a compelling read, hard to put down.”

–Elizabeth Ervin, Author of Heart’s Blood

“I have not lived my life with horses, and reading Chester’s account, I ached for something comparable. In addition to companionship, horses have provided her with a detour from the cares of daily life, a vehicle into the natural world, a bridge to a different kind of love, and intimate communing with another animal. Beautifully interwoven with the rich and vivid log of rides around the world is her emotional and sometimes painful personal journey. The riding doubles for the bumpy terrain of her own life trail.”

–Summer Brenner (on Amazon.com)

“A mini retreat from life. If you have horses, you’ll appreciate the insights into the horses on the page. If you don’t, you’ll gain insight to the fascinating creatures that captivate little girls, and adults, the world over.”

–Jan Hoadley (on Amazon.com)

“Partly autobiography, partly travel writing, this is a horsewoman’s tale. Laura Chester had a fraught relationship with her mother and riding was a way to escape from tension and just be herself…This book is especially good for horsey readers but the honesty of speech about family and appreciation of nature’s beauty have a message for us all.”

–Clare O’Beara, Author of Master at Arms

“This is a beautifully written, heart-felt memoir. When I was reading, Chester’s descriptions were so vivid I could see, smell and feel the settings. Her bond with her horse(s) is so strong, I envy her that ability to relate. What I did not envy was her family dynamic. Her complicated childhood, family life and relationship with her mother were at times, almost too much to comprehend. That she is able to write bout her past with such clarity and compassion is a gift.”

–Janet (on Amazon.com)

 

Riding-Barranca-final-300RIDING BARRANCA is available now from the TSB online bookstore.

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Best Summer Read for Horse Lovers: Review Calls RIDING BARRANCA “A Beautiful, Special Book. It Will Touch Everyone Who Reads It.”

Poet and author Lyn Lifshin calls RIDING BARRANCA "A beautiful, special book."

Poet and author Lyn Lifshin calls RIDING BARRANCA “A beautiful, special book.”

The following review of Laura Chester’s new book RIDING BARRANCA is by acclaimed poet and author Lyn Lifshin. Her many books include several about racehorses, including The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian; Barbaro:Beyond Brokenness; and coming in 2014, Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle, all from Texas Review Press. Also forthcoming is a chapbook, Lost in the Fog from Finishing Line Press.

Choosing to Ride Out: A Review of Laura Chester’s RIDING BARRANCA by Lyn Lifshin

As soon as I saw the stunning, breathtaking cover of Laura Chester’s Riding Barranca, a startlingly beautiful image of horse and woman moving through rippling water, moving as one, mirroring the magical ride that’s about to unfold, I felt I was in for an amazing journey.

In Riding Barranca Chester lets us inside her world where the beauty and silence of nature tangle with complicated, often searing family relationships. These passages, italicized in the book, memories of being knifed with verbal assaults from a mother who demands—“Whose genes are in you,” are a counterpoint to the soothing sound of “the horse’s hooves on the hard packed road.”

In another section she writes, “When my parents were passing through New York and I wanted to have a meal with them—my mother’s response was, ‘This is our time to be alone together, Laura. We’re only seeing the people we really want to see.’ ” When she asks to stay in the pink room, her mother responds, “But that ‘s a nice room…” Like a Greek chorus, her words move the reader though years of intense landscapes, both inner and outer, sometimes to familiar and almost forbidden places, scary vistas she can’t help but come back from changed. The calmer landscapes with “the scent of juniper and sweet fern that smells mildly like peppermint when crushed by the horses’ hooves,” and the still painful memories move like dancers on a dance floor—first one leads, then the other.

I didn’t want this book to end which is always a good sign that I am in the presence of intensely beautiful writing and magic. A cremation on the banks of the Ganges takes her back to the cremation of her mother in Wisconsin. A risky horse ride in India reminds her of a time when her father rode into a bull pasture with a bull whip in hand while she was on a pony, a trigger for anxiety. On Barranca, with the calmness and ease of a good horse, she sees things she hasn’t before. She has also learned to say, “No, I do not want to do this.” Through landscapes, often silent and refreshing, sacred as a church, family history reshapes itself like pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope, always there but seen at a different angle.

I can’t imagine anyone not fascinated by the connection between humans and animals that Chester explores. Dogs and cats, not just horses, can soothe, console and connect. Anyone close to an animal knows these creatures merge with the history of one’s life and bring emotions that are rare and powerful.

The mother and daughter relationship, central to Chester’s year of watching her mother go through the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, is revealed in some of the most moving passages—extremely intense, often painful, heartbreaking and raw, yet singing as they must have years before. Having edited Tangled Vines, a collection of mother and daughter poems, I was not surprised how powerful Chester’s writing is about this relationship: intense, ambivalent, passionate, difficult, fierce, never easy or simple, a relationship that never ends, not even with death.

At the heart of the best connection, there is always some darkness, envy, ambivalence, combined with a longing attempt to win the mother’s love, approval. Riding her beautiful, beloved Missouri Foxtrotter, Barranca, Chester takes us deep into the forest of many family relationships with their estrangements, reconciliations that no family is without—betrayals, rage, sickness and death, as well as support and comfort.

Like the dappled light Chester and her horse move under, the book goes from joyous moments laughing with girlfriends under the stars, to hurtful, terrible darkness that could trap a less strong, stubbornly determined woman, one who has survived literal and emotional falls. Riding lifts us into another realm, “purging the daily grumble and allowing our spirits to soar.”

So many examples of beauty and strength and sensuousness: “The woodland trail is surrounded by thin, dark-skinned birch-like trees, and if you break off a twig and give it a chew, it tastes vaguely like root beer.” Later, “There is the faint smell of grape on the road home, followed by fresh tar and then mown fields. It is so mild and blissful that I feel I could almost fall asleep in the saddle.” So many beautiful passages about Indian summer—“watching the dark wet shine of Barranca’s skin as it dries in the afternoon sun.” Scenes from India—“a woman in a bright red sari carries a huge bundle of sticks on her head.” I can see the dark wood paneling, glass cabinets and jewelry at the Gem Palace, as well as the blue moon rising over the Huachucas—-“Suddenly the moon is there is full form, balanced on the mountain line and rising surely. Revealing its golden appearance…”

It is quite a ride with Laura Chester and Barranca. “While riding, memories so often surface and percolate. I wonder where these odd thoughts come from, similar to the musings of a twilight reverie arriving like unexpected houseguests. Images arise…family members appear as if to remind us they will inhabit us forever.”

Riding-Barranca-final-300One of the most beautiful passages of the book is toward the end when she thanks her mother for the good things. It is too long to quote all of it, but I can’t end without adding a little: “Thank you for being honestly passionate, for remaining steadfast, marrying this man, leaping into an unknown world—the cold, often hostile, uninviting North…thank you for the magical Christmases, the stockings and gifts beneath our tinsel laden tree.…Thank you for our wonderful homes, raising us in places of order and beauty…thank you for showing us emotion—letting us know that love is not easy, but it is always worth it.”

She leaves us with what she’s learned: “Riding Barranca puts me in the moment, which is where I want to live.” This is a beautiful, special book. It will touch everyone who reads it. I couldn’t recommend it more.

RIDING BARRANCA is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN Wins Two Telly Awards!

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TSB is thrilled to announce that 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, seven-disc DVD series based on instructional footage from the hit documentary BUCK, has won two Telly Awards!

2013 People’s Telly Bronze Award: Non-Broadcast Productions – Non-Broadcast Production

2013 Bronze Award: Non-Broadcast Productions – How-To/Instructional

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The 34th Annual Telly Awards (2013) received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

“The biggest challenge in creating the feature film BUCK was taking 300 hours of footage and cutting it down to 88 minutes,” says filmmaker Cindy Meehl. “We had so many wonderful interviews with amazing people…so much of Buck on the subject of life as well as horses…it was extremely hard to lose great scenes and stick to our story arc.”

So a year after BUCK won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and enjoyed wide release nationwide to critical acclaim, Cindy went back into the vaults, sifting through hours of unused footage from all the Buck Brannaman clinics filmed in different parts of the country over a period of four years, searching for the gems that didn’t make the final cut.

The result was 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, a DVD series that viewers say is “like having Buck teaching you in person, right in your living room.” Viewers travel to several Buck Brannaman clinics to learn important groundwork and riding techniques, including: hooking on, leading, halter work, bridling, saddling, backing up, working in circles and half-circles, using the flag, firming up, good riding form and position, finding the release and a soft feel, attaining collection, moving off the leg, riding serpentines, “getting the life up” (finding animation), perfecting the stop, turn-on-the-haunches, transitions, jumping, and finding the feel.

In addition, Buck provides ways to solve problems, including crowding, biting, striking, fidgeting, rushing, anxiousness and sensitivity, and bad attitudes. The series ends with Buck’s best advice, tips, and ideas about working with, riding, and training horses, as he best tells it—forthright, honest, and with the integrity the world has come to expect of one of the finest horsemen of our time.

Check out this sneak peek from the DVD series:

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Check Out “Lateral Thinking”–The New Article by Linda Tellington-Jones in the July 2013 Issue of HORSE ILLUSTRATED!

Check out the July 2013 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine featuring an article on unlocking your horse's dressage potential by Linda Tellington-Jones.

Check out the July 2013 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine featuring an article on unlocking your horse’s dressage potential by Linda Tellington-Jones.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the July 2013 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine! It features “Lateral Thinking,” an article by world-renowned horse trainer and behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones about how to combine logic with creativity to solve problem behavior in the dressage arena—and beyond!

Adapted in part from Linda’s new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, this article provides tips for using creative problem solving and strategies that challenge the status quo in your daily work with your horse. The July issue of Horse Illustrated goes on sale June 11–look for it wherever quality equestrian magazines are sold.

Pick up a copy of Horse Illustrated's July issue to read this article by Linda Tellingon-Jones!

Pick up a copy of Horse Illustrated’s July 2013 issue (on sale June 11) to read this fantastic new article by Linda Tellingon-Jones!

DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL has reeled in some great reviews already! Here’s what they’re saying:

“I knew it was going to be good as soon as I saw an endorsement on the back cover from Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado—the founding stars of Cavalia—and a foreword from Ingrid Klimke, the daughter of Olympian Dr. Reiner Klimke. The praise from these big names in the equine world proved to be prophetic: the book was wonderful.” —HORSE NATION

“Extraordinarily well written…a very, very good read. A MUST read for any serious horseman and a high quality production.” —THEHORSESTUDIO.COM, The International Equestrian Shop

“We were intrigued by the concept of doing bodywork on the horse while in the saddle and impressed with the result when we tried it…The photographs illustrate the concepts well…This book is a keeper. It blends the author’s philosophy with practical techniques.”  —HORSE JOURNAL

DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL is available now from the TSB online bookstore.

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Reviewer Says HORSE PROFILING Will Help Owners, Trainers, and Breeders Bring Out the Best in Their Horses

Horse-Profiling-250TSB was pleased to read the following new review of HORSE PROFILING by Kerry Thomas and Calvin Carter:

“Basic instinct can never be removed or altered entirely as it represents the horse’s survival mechanism.”

As a pioneer in the field of Equine Athletic Psychology, Kerry Thomas—aided by Calvin L. Carter, a pedigree analyst and freelance writer— sets forth his theories and training programs in Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes. The work will benefit horse owners, trainers, and equine teams in their goals of bringing out the best in their already talented horses.

The informative book begins with the author’s introduction to his philosophies. He then lays out each section with specific techniques and how to implement them. This includes setting up an Emotional Conformation Profile of the horse. When problematic behavior is found, the author explains how to nurture a frightened or depressed horse, or one with a deep-rooted negative memory association. Thomas relates stories and case book studies that keep the text interesting. Interspersed throughout are Q and A sections called “Kerry’s Corner” which provide solutions for particular cases.

Over 100 candid, color photos of beautiful horseflesh tell their own stories. We learn about a racehorse who was an expert in “managing outside stimuli…to target and release opponents”—Barbaro, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. It’s inspiring to find out which horses had physical defects but were aided with a champion’s heart and the will to win: Real Quiet, Looking at Lucky, Sunday Silence, Seattle Slew and Northern Dancer. The last story in this well-written, technical and yet entertaining volume is about Seabiscuit, the 1938 Horse of the Year.

Along with vital information for professional horse handlers, this beautiful over-sized teaching guide will equally appeal to all lovers of horses. The book will stimulate interest in young people who will thrill to the adventures and pictures. They just may identify and follow through with a lifetime focus on a fulfilling career.

Mary Popham is a writer and book reviewer who lives in Louisville. She holds an MFA from Spalding University.  

HORSE PROFILING is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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New Review Calls Dressage Judge Janet Foy’s Book “Blissfully Easy to Understand…Friendly, yet Detailed”

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Be sure to check out the new book review on HorseGirlTV.com, where blogger Vanessa Wright explains what she finds so valuable about DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE, the new book by USEF S and FEI 4* Dressage Judge Janet Foy.

“Fortunately for all frustrated riders—and tired horses—the extraordinary and effervescent Janet Foy has come to the rescue,” writes Vanessa. “Assuring riders that, yes, horses do make mistakes and, yes, they do have their own quirks, problems, and foibles, she goes on to explain how we can guide them—and ourselves—to happy and harmonious success from our very first lessons through our best Grand Prix.”

You can read the entire review on HorseGirlTV.com by CLICKING HERE.

Plus, check out this “Personal Story” from DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE, where Janet explains a little about two of her own “imperfect” horses—a “hot” and fiery mother-daughter pair—and how she learned to work with them:

USEF S and FEI 4* Dressage Judge Janet Foy and her book. Photo from Dressage-News.com.

USEF S and FEI 4* Dressage Judge Janet Foy and her book. Photo from Dressage-News.com.

High Society (“Hi-C”) was a Holsteiner mare who came by her “spice for life” via her mom. Her dam was Abracadabra, a Swedish mare who had a lot of Arabian (Urbino) blood in her. Abra was fifth in the country at Training and First Level for the USDF Horse of the Year awards. she was only 15.3 hands, a chestnut, and usually “on fire.” Hi-C’s dad was a stallion I owned named Constitution. Condo was a 17.2 bay Holsteiner. He was my favorite stallion of all the ones I owned and trained. He had a great attitude and loved to show. I told him he would “get more girls” if he won his class. He usually obliged.

Having had my patience tested by Abra, I was ready for Hi-C. I relied on quiet slow work, trying to relax her as best I could. With Abra, a battle had also been the spooking. At least Hi-C did not inherit this trait. I found with both mares that they had an incredible work ethic and worked very hard to try and please me. Too hard in fact. Half the time they did not wait for my aid. Lots of movements were “not my idea.” Experience taught me that if they were punished for all of their great ideas, they would get more tense. So patience, repetition, and reward finally got through to them.

I caution anyone with this type of “hot” horse to be careful. Punishment doesn’t work. If you don’t have patience yet, you will after you get this one trained. Try to think of each of the horse’s mistakes as a training opportunity. Often, when a horse is learning, there is tension. The horse may be trying to understand the desires of the rider. However, he often gets confused. If the rider freely deals out punishment at this time, especially with a high-spirited horse, the horse’ mental tension will increase and he’ll be unable to progress.

DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Reader Says KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE “Has Changed the Way She Will Communicate with Horses for the Rest of Her Life”

Carla from Florida sent Eunice Rush and Marry Morrow, authors of the just-released KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE, this amazing review of their book—check it out!

“I read…and thoroughly enjoyed every page of your book. I feel so much more savvy after learning about my personality, combined with my three horses. I have already used what I learned, and I am sincerely grateful.

“I would have never imagined that I would be a POWERFUL! I was shocked. I always think of myself as being kind of wimpy. I now understand why Moonie and I had such a rough start. Moonie is a THINKER…thus my broken wrist, ribs and front teeth. LOL! After five years of trial and error…we ‘get’each other…and we know how to work together. I love my old girl and she is bombproof. She is my ‘easy keeper’ and I trust her.

Carla on Hearts.

Carla on Hearts.

“My little Paint, Hearts, has been a lot of work for me. Now, I know why! Hearts is a TALKER. I have spent countless hours trying to get her to collect and stand still. The girl needs to move. We had our best ride ever today. She may never be the right horse for me…but, as long as she is with me, I will be a better rider and owner. I now ‘get’ her.

“And now, I have Frank Sinatra. I fell in love with this horse at the barn. He is a three-year-old cremello Quarter Horse. His former owner quit paying board. I got Frank by paying the back board. I had neer been on him…but, I had a feeling. I spent a week in the arena with him. He was cooperative, but I could tell he wasn’t crazy about arena work. I would walk him around the ranch just to build our bond. He did whatever I asked…and I taught him to side-pass in 15 minutes. I knew this would be a good horse for me.

“After only two rides on this guy…I can say that I have found my perfect match! POWERFUL/WORKER…go figure! Now that I know what I have…and I understand who I am…working with my horses is so much more enjoyable.

“This morning I had arranged to ride with a friend from work. He had been on horses, but it had been a few years. I rode Hearts, the Talker…and I put my friend on Frank, the Worker. Perfect ride, thanks to your book! We kept their feet moving at a brisk walk and had a great day. Hearts and Frank make a great trail duo and I look forward to getting them out together soon. I would have never been able to manage these differing horses prior to your book.

“Although all three of my horses are pussycats, they all operate differently. A Thinker, a Talker, and a Worker. I feel so empowered by your book. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge. Happy Trails to me!

KnowYouKnowYrHorse250“Your book has changed the way I will communicate with horses for the rest of my life. The fact that I got IMMEDIATE results, means so much to me and the horses. I don’t think I will ever ride in fear again. Amen!”

Are YOU ready to “know” what Carla now knows? KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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New SNEAK PEEK from Disc 3 of the 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman DVD Series–The Importance of Releasing Pressure

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Check out this new SNEAK PEEK from Disc 3 of the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD SERIES! Buck talks about how important it is to make sure there is always something in it for the horse—namely, the release of pressure every once in a while. Otherwise, you might as well be sitting on Old Faithful!

 

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is made up of seven DVDs full of the unused footage shot during the making of the award-winning documentary BUCK. 7 CLINICS has been hailed by fans as “like having Buck Brannaman in your living room,” and Western Horseman magazine wrote, “Brannaman’s message from the documentary rings true in the seven-disc package: Do better by the horse in order to do better in life.”

You can order your complete series today at the TSB online bookstore.

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A Horse Story “Spiced with Danger, Thrills, Injuries, Poor Judgment, Treachery” and More!

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Looking for some young reader fiction that focuses on riding and horses, as well as how to rise above and learn from the social challenges we face as we grow up? Check out the great DiscoverHorses.com review of the second book in the Brookmeade Young Riders Series by Linda Snow McLoon:

Crown Prince Challenged_250“I’m glad the author lets Sarah be a teenager with all of the insecurities and impulsiveness that goes with the territory—and lets Prince act like the greenie he is. He’s still the dream horse every young girl wants, but it’s good for readers to see the down side of a green horse/green rider pairing,” writes reviewer Dale Leatherman. “Competing to be on the Brookmeade team for the upcoming Wexford Hall Cup brings out the best and worst in the advanced riders, and things don’t go as expected for anyone. Kudos to the author for shaking up the action and, well, surprising us. The story is spiced with danger, thrills, injuries, poor judgment, treachery, disappointments–and, yes, challenges, as in the title…McLoon’s experience with horses serves her well in this book as she accurately describes how various situations with horses are handled.”

You can read the full review of CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED on DiscoverHorses.com by clicking HERE.

Linda Snow McLoon’s Brookmeade Young Riders Series is appropriate for horse-crazy readers ages 9 to 14 and are available from the TSB online bookstore.

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For those tech-savvy kids: Both CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED are also available for Kindle devices on Amazon.com and in epub format at ebooks.com.

Print of the Month_CrownPrince_Jennifer BrandonDo you like the cover art for CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED? Check out artist Jennifer Brandon’s equine portraits at http://www.jachestudio.com.