Category: Equine Bodywork

  • Breed Diversity, Weight-Lifting, and Devouring Books: 24 Hours with Horse Trainer Jec Aristotle Ballou

    Breed Diversity, Weight-Lifting, and Devouring Books: 24 Hours with Horse Trainer Jec Aristotle Ballou

    Professional horse trainers and riding instructors have mind-blowingly busy lives—that’s why it is so amazing to hear how they make it all work. The layers of scheduling, the early mornings, the sacrifices when it comes to friends, family, and personal interests…. That can be the story, but sometimes, a balance is struck, and it all […]

  • What’s Fascia? And What Does It Have to Do with Your Horse?

    What’s Fascia? And What Does It Have to Do with Your Horse?

    It seems like after decades in the horse industry, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about fascia. This is that thin sheath of fibrous tissue that encloses the muscles and other organs, and apparently, it is really pretty important to your horse’s posture, movement, comfort, and performance. Huh. If you’re like us, all these years […]

  • Is Your Horse 100%?

    Is Your Horse 100%?

    It’s a question we are all faced with, more often than not. Is my horse feeling his best? Is he free from aches, pains, tension, anxiety? It can be difficult for well-meaning owners, riders, and caretakers to pinpoint the real issue when a horse is “off,” “not himself,” or just unable to tap into his […]

  • Top 10 Lessons from Top Horse Trainers

    One of the best perks of working for an equestrian book publisher (assuming you are just the littlest bit horsey) is the constant immersion in equine-related theory, philosophy, and how-to. There is so much opportunity to absorb the ideas of great horsepeople and to try their techniques and methods for oneself—or to come to understand […]

  • FREE Quick Reference Visual: Equine Muscles of Locomotion

    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 […]

  • A Look Back at Horse Books in 2015

      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 […]

  • Withers Wiggle, Anyone? A Two-Finger Exercise Your Horse Will Love

      Have you heard about the Masterson Method yet? This innovative form of bodywork for horses was created by equine massage-bodywork therapist Jim Masterson. In many cases, all it takes is the tiniest of movements on your part to illicit a significant release of tension, stress, and pain in your horse. Here’s an example: The […]