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Janet Foy’s forthcoming book DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE is featured in the May 2012 issue of USDF Connection, the official publication of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). USDF members can check it out as their issue arrives in their mailbox this month.

DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE is available for preorder at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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This Mother’s Day, Trafalgar Square Books wants to take the opportunity to give a nod of recognition to all the hard-working moms out there, and particularly to the ones who have provided the books and DVDs from which the rest of us have had the opportunity to learn. A number of our authors are professional riders, trainers, veterinarians, writers, photographers, and filmmakers, in ADDITION to being “Mom.” That’s the remarkable thing about these women…they find a way to balance careers, relationships, child-rearing, with their own hobbies and passions. We admire them, and we thank them.

We had hoped to feature a photo of each of our authors and writers who are also mothers, but the funny thing is, when we contacted many of them and asked for a picture to share with our readers this Mother’s Day, many responded with a, “I’m NEVER in the pictures!” or “I’m always the one TAKING the pictures!” or “I haven’t been in a picture with my kids since they were babies!”

So a call to all partners and relatives out there: THIS MOTHER’S DAY, TAKE PICTURES OF THE MOTHERS YOU KNOW WITH THEIR KIDS!

In the meantime, join us in celebrating Mother’s Day by CLICKING HERE to see our specials at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE. Enter the coupon code MOM20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order! (Cannot be combined with other offers and expires 5-17-12.)

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As the first day of of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event wraps up and the dressage scores are in, we’re following along from the TSB offices. Two of our authors are competing: Phillip Dutton is author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, and Doug Payne has a book on the way called THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL. Sign up under our SUBSCRIBE option (see right side of the blog) to receive updates regarding these books and their release dates later in 2012.

Follow along during the Rolex weekend with Phillip and Doug on Twitter, and find out what’s happening, as its happening:








TSB wishes the best of luck and safe riding to all this year’s Rolex competitors!


Phillip Dutton, author of the forthcoming book MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Doug Payne, author of the forthcoming book THE PROBLEM HORSE REPAIR MANUAL, is competing at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. This month, Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to release the new book RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM.

Over the last 15 years, Claudine Pelletier-Milet has worked at her horseback riding stable in France, outside the mainstream debate about autism and its causes, creating a magical world in which her horses and ponies help her autistic students (her “magnificent horsemen,” as she calls them) develop on their own time in a joyful and relaxed atmosphere.

When we read how Pelletier-Milet’s horses open doors to the autistic individual, inviting him into the vast world that surrounds him to discover new sensations and learn to control his emotions and fears, we thought sharing her stories—originally published in the French language and with a French audience in mind—worth translating. We feel Pelletier-Milet’s personal experiences with autistic children, and the transformation she has witnessed time and again in the saddle, remain a universal source of inspiration and hope, and one that should be shared, regardless of native land or language.

Join Trafalgar Square Books in getting involved with the autism community this April. RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE. Blog Bonus!! Enter the coupon code TSBBLOG15 at checkout and receive 15% off your entire order!

A note from David Walser, translator of RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

I was asked to translate RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM by Trafalgar Square Books, and when I finished the first draft, I decided to go to France to meet Claudine [the author]. I found the experience of meeting her and seeing her at work electrifying. She is clearly an exceptional person with very special gifts. What, of course, one has to ask is: can a book describe what she does clearly enough to be of some help to the reader? I hope with all my heart that it will.

When I was watching a session, Claudine put [one of her autistic students, Steven] in front so that he had to lead the group and the transitions from trot to canter…he kept on turning his head around to look at all the others in the class following him, his face lit up by a large smile and keeping perfect balance.

Consequently, though, his pony would then drop the pace, leading to a little “pile-up” as the other children, barreling along on their ponies, caught up with him. A cheerful shout from Claudine soon had him breaking into a canter again and all was well—for a time.

When Claudine walked toward a small obstacle and shouted to Steven, “Like to do some jumping, Steven?” “No,” he said quite firmly, but Claudine put the jump across the track and raised its single pole on two plastic standards. Steven could easily have avoided it as he led his little train around the perimeter, but not a bit of it. He glided over in a perfect jump, his body flexing and leaning forward like a seasoned rider, while some of the others followed suit.

 “Well done, Steven! You are a great rider!” shouted Claudine and his face became wreathed in smiles.

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Once the walking, trotting, cantering, and jumping were over, we set off in a line of ponies and parents, with Claudine at the front, shouting encouragement to everyone. We headed for the wood of beech and oak, and the pine forest…Steven still led the line, from time to time looking directly behind him, but without in any way showing signs of being off balance. Later, on the walk, I asked a mother of a child without autism whether she thought it was a good thing for the children to be exposed to a child with ASD. “Certainly,” she replied, “It just widens their perception of what is ‘normal.’ They do not see the autistic child as being different from them. When you see them all together, you often cannot tell who is autistic and who not. Claudine treats them all exactly the same and so they treat each other similarly.”

 “[My autistic students are] not children with an illness,” says Claudine. “They are people who often have special qualities, including being highly sensitive and intelligent, but just with their own way of looking at the world. Their development has been arrested at an early stage and they have turned in on themselves, so we have to help them to come out of hiding and to allow their special gifts to flourish.”

I had the feeling that Claudine would miss Steven terribly if he were to go…though I know she will welcome it when the time is right: he is so affectionate with her that on the first occasion that I met him, he rushed into her loving embrace, showering her with kisses and hugs while his mother and father looked on with appreciative smiles.


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Riders, breeders, and trainers of all disciplines are anticipating the release of HORSE PROFILING: THE SECRET TO MOTIVATING EQUINE ATHLETES by Kerry Thomas, a pioneer in the field of equine athletic psychology. The great news is, you can get a sneak peek at the material into which Kerry delves in the April issue of EQUUS Magazine, available wherever quality horse and riding magazines are sold.

Pick up your copy of EQUUS today and read about how the natural dynamics of the equine herd not only play a part in “who” your performance horse is, but find out how understanding the inner workings of the herd should affect the way in which you breed and train horses for optimal performance.

Kerry’s book is available for preorder now at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

BLOG BONUS!!! Get 15% off your order at the TSB online bookstore by entering the coupon code TSBBLOG15 at checkout!!


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Happy Valentine’s Day from Trafalgar Square Books! In honor of the relationships with horses we all cherish, here are a few shots of TSB authors with the horses they love, and the horses who love them.

Enjoy today. Eat candy. Then ride it off…

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Find ways to have fun with your horse in 2012! At TSB, we have 10 great ideas!

It is surprising how easily many riders and horse owners lose track of what’s so grand about horses in the midst of the pressure of competition, economic stresses, and time crunches. All too often we get caught up in the day-to-day “grind” of keeping horses a major part of our life—the ritual feeding, watering, and management that takes time and energy even when you have little; the lessons that don’t go quite right even when you pay a lot for them; the expensive visits from the farrier and (hopefully not often) the vet, even when you’re careful to maintain good foot care, optimal nutrition, and safe stabling and turnout.

We have to take a moment to remember that, more than anything else, being with horses is FUN. Most of us came to horses because we love them, and because riding and working with them brings us joy, peace, and fulfillment in ways that little else in life can. It is important as we begin 2012 to remind ourselves not to take horses and riding JUST seriously. Sure, we can be great riders, we can be competitors (serious ones), and we can make a living breeding and training horses—all of this requires a certain level of gravitas. BUT, horses are social creatures, and they thrive on interaction, diversion, and play, just as we do from time to time.

Here are TSB’s Top Ten Ways to Have Fun with Your Horse—whatever your discipline, whatever your experience, whatever your age. All TSB books are available to order from our online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE and where you can save 15% off select titles this month.


1  Spend “non-work” time with him. In the stall, in the pasture, just hang out, observe, and be present without making demands. This can teach you about your horse’s personality, and the way he moves, as well as improving his ability to trust in you, and you in him. It is easier to be someone’s friend if they aren’t always putting you to work! And as horse trainer Ryan Gingerich explains in his book BEYOND A WHISPER, “just watching” is the first step in building a reliable communication system you can use in training your horse, whatever your discipline.

2  Experiment with bodywork. You know how good it feels when your husband, wife, or partner scratches your back or rubs your shoulders after a long week or a hard day. In a moment, your tense parts relax and your mind quiets. Think of how this kind of interaction could benefit your horse, especially if he is in serious training or participating in a rigorous performance schedule. Again, physical touch that seeks to ease his pain and tension is different from the practical day-to-day steps of grooming and tacking up, and helps to build a special relationship with your horse. Check out Jim Masterson’s new book and DVD by the same name BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, which introduce the Masterson Method—a new kind of bodywork that goes beyond typical massage modalities.

3  Work in hand instead of riding. By incorporating obstacles as well as schooling exercises in a work session from the ground, you can reinvigorate your horse’s interest in the ring while improving his ability to handle distractions and potentially scary situations. Linda Tellington-Jones offers terrific options for this kind of practical, yet fun, exercise in THE ULTIMATE HORSE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING BOOK, and her methods are packaged for horse-crazy kids in MY HORSE, MY FRIEND.

4  Ride in a group. In his forthcoming book HORSE PROFILING: THE SECRET TO MOTIVATING EQUINE ATHLETES, horse herd dynamics expert Kerry Thomas explains the myriad benefits of using group work, in and out of the ring, to improve your horse’s focus ability and increase his interest in performing. We forget that by nature horses are herd animals, and working alone, drill after drill, in a riding arena, is a lonely existence. Time your practice sessions to match a friend’s, or go for a group trail ride. Not only is it a chance for your horse to socialize, it’s an opportunity for you to build better friendships, as well.

Horse Agility is HOT right now! Check out the new book by Vanessa Bee to help you get started: THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK.

5  Ride bitless or bareback…or both! The novelty of going for a ride without metal in his mouth or a tight girth around his middle can perk up any bored schoolmaster—and it will fire you up, too! You’ll have to turn on all your senses and concentrate on your seat to communicate without the usual “crutches” the bit and saddle provide. This exercise is not only refreshing for your horse and good for improving your riding ability, it can be perfectly safe. Andrea and Markus Eschbach explain just how to prepare your horse for daily or weekly excursions without a bit, saddle, or even a bridle, in their joyful new book RIDING FREE. If you plan for it from the ground and learn the proper reflexes when on board, you’ll find you can be at home on a horse without tack—and he’ll love you for it.

6  Cross-train. That’s right—variety is the spice of life, even for a horse. Get crazy and try something different, just for fun, and just to keep your horse interested in the next adventure! In THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, author Melinda Folse describes a broad sampling of the vast array of horsey activities out there. And many of them don’t require a specific saddle or outfit—you can show up in what you got and get busy. Melinda is a fan of ranch sorting on the occasional weekend, although her horses are primarily for trail riding; perhaps your dressage horse would enjoy a day of simple gridwork and small jumps; maybe your tuned-up event horse would like to try some gymkhana events; your hunter or equitation mount would surely like an afternoon amble down a woodsy trail. Go wild when no one’s judging you, and just toy with the possibilities.

7  Train your horse tricks. Serious riders might lift their noses at this, but as very serious classical dressage rider Philippe Karl said in his foreword to TRICK TRAINING FOR HORSES by Bea Borelle, “Trick training is one of the best ways to make your horse your friend.” You don’t have to teach your horse to sit or lie down, but simple little tricks, such as bowing, doing a curtsy, or stepping onto a podium can be great fun for the horse—not to mention crowd-pleasing! Incorporating a little trick lesson in your schooling regimen keeps your horse interested and keen to learn. Open your mind and give it a shot. You never know, you and your horse might have a future in film.

8  Try Horse Agility. That’s right, this exciting new horse sport is sweeping its way across several continents! Led by the International Horse Agility Club, founded by Vanessa Bee, author of the new book THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK, this new discipline finally gives us the option to train and compete our horses from the ground, just as done in the extremely popular dog agility classes found all over the world. If you don’t have a Horse Agility Club near you, it is time to start one! The book gives you great ways to train your horse, construct safe agility obstacles, and hold playdates.

9  Cultivate your horse’s sense of humor. Invent little exchanges that become ritual, just between you and your horse, that make you laugh and him “smile.” Perhaps he nudges you in one pocket, but the carrots are in another, and you move them around every time you visit him in the barn. Maybe you run the water from the hose right into his mouth when you fill his water bucket, then let him shake his head and give you a bit of a “shower” as the spray flies. Allow him time to be a comic, and don’t hesitate to enjoy the joke. In GALLOP TO FREEDOM, Magali Delgado and Frederic Pignon share stories of the some of the funny games they play with their beautiful performance horses. “I have a special game with [my horse] Dao,” says Magali. “He wants me to touch his ear so he looks around and then stares at me. If I don’t react he pushes his head toward me, still staring intently. I touch his face and he pushes more. I touch his leg and so on…then I touch his ear and we have had our little intimate exchange.”

10  Go for a Sunday drive. Load up, pack up, back up, and drive away—away from the training ring and home barn and usual suspects in the neighboring fields and paddocks. Truck off to someplace altogether different, a wide open plain or quiet winding trail that can serve as the space where you can commune with your horse, the ground below, and the heavens above. As Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas write in MEDITATION FOR TWO, “When man communicates with the horse, it is on so many levels, but the most important is the spiritual. Because above all, the horses are spiritual creatures. Who is closer to God than the horse? Who flies without wings, who speaks so eloquently without words, who imparts such true knowledge without avarice?”

Who is closer to God than a horse? Get in touch with the spirituality of riding in MEDITATION FOR TWO by Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas.

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TSB author Coach Daniel Stewart is working on a new book for release in early 2013.

A lesson with Daniel Stewart is more fun than you may have ever had on horseback. His intense “Psych Clinics” are formatted to get you focused and prepared to deal with any riding situation, from exterior distractions to those interior feelings of fear and doubt that creep up and get the better of most riders, regardless of age and experience. But not only can Coach Stewart teach you the skills you need to master your seat and your mind while in the saddle, he can do it all with the remarkable enthusiasm and sense of humor that has made him a hit instructor on several continents.

The word is getting out—Coach Stewart’s Spring 2012 Tour is already sold out. He promises to add more tour dates through the summer and fall, so be sure to watch the TSB blog and http://www.stewartclinics.com for a location near you! And, we’ll have a brand new book from Coach Stewart in the months ahead. Sign up to receive the TSB blog via email, or friend us on Facebook, and you’ll be the first to know the details, including release dates and special pre-order sale prices.


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February 11 / 12 – Memphis TN

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February 25 / 26 – Venice FL

March 3 / 4 – Detroit MI

March 10 / 11 – Athens OH

March 24 / 25 – Princeton NJ

March 31 / 1 – Colorado Horse Park, Parker CO

April 13 / 14 – Grass Valley CA

April 15 – Oakland Area CA

May 5 / 6 – Austin TX

May 12 – Providence RI

May 19 / 20 – Ocala FL

July 7 / 8 – Skillman NJ

July 26 / 28 – Steamboat Springs CO

September 22 / 23 – Dayton OH

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The official book of the International Horse Agility Club is available from the TSB online bookstore http://www.HorseandRiderBooks.com.

This month TSB caught up with Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club (www.thehorseagilityclub.com), and asked her about the inspiration behind the sport and its future. You may have seen the excerpt from Vanessa’s brand new book THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK in the January issue of EQUUS Magazine. It seems everyone is talking about this exciting new horse sport and where it could lead–Vanessa is thinking big! She dreams of international Horse Agility competition and one day, the Olympics!

THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK is the official book of the International Horse Agility Club, and it is available for PREORDER this month from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


TSB:  Can you tell us about how you came up with the idea for the International Horse Agility Club?

VB: I was teaching a frightened young girl and her big frightened horse and suddenly realized all they had to focus on was their fear. So I set up a little obstacle course and gave them a job to do. Very quickly not only were they too busy negotiating the obstacles to be afraid but ALSO they had gathered an audience!

A thought popped in to my head: “I wonder if there’s a competitive sport like dog agility for horses?” I asked myself. I came home, searched on the Internet and there was NOTHING! That was on the 13th of December, 2009, and the rest is history!


TSB: You have a fabulous website featuring an international online video competition. Can you tell us a little about the OLHA Video League, how it works, and how popular it is proving?

VB: I had the idea for online competitions because we were getting a lot of interest from some quite remote places in the world. These people would never be able to ship their horses thousands of miles to the competitions that were currently available, so I decided we’d run an online video competition. I have been staggered by the popularity!

Every month I design a course for each of the four levels of Horse Agility. People build the simple courses in their garden, backyard, field, or arena and practice until they are the best they can be.

Then they get someone to video them going round the course. That video is then posted online for me to judge at the end of the month. It’s very simple and it means that anyone, anywhere can join in the fun and be part of this wonderful global community.

I judge entries from the Outback deserts of Australia, the paddy fields of Taiwan, the grandeur of North America, and the snows of Scandinavia. It’s a great way to “see the world”!

TSB: You explain in your new book THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK the idea of “Wild Agility,” which takes you out of the arena and cross-country. Do you see Wild Agility becoming competitive, much like the cross-country leg of eventing?

VB: Yes I do! I would like to have a three phase event with “dressage” on the ground (perhaps to music!), an obstacle course in an enclosed space, then the “cross-country” phase or “Wild Agility,”—although I might have to get a bit fitter to do that bit!

TSB:  What do you see in the future for the sport of Horse Agility and the International Horse Agility Club?

VB: In the far future I see Horse Agility becoming as popular as dog agility. I see Horse Agility as valid as any equestrian sport with the added bonus that it’s affordable and anyone can do it. That is how I would like it to be.

Consider the sport of football/soccer (the most popular sport in the world): Kids of any financial and cultural background can play it. It’s cheap, it’s easy for them to set up a couple of goal posts and kick a ball around. Now consider most horse sports: They are expensive, you need to be physically fit, and you need to have the means to move your horse around via horsebox or trailer.

I want Horse Agility to become a “street sport”—something anyone who loves horses can become involved in. You don’t even need to own a horse to compete and participate…just borrow one and get involved!

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?

VB: I like all horses—I am not breed-specific, but I do love my Exmoor ponies…so it would have to be an Exmoor. They are so hardy they can live anywhere…so they’d be fine on a desert island.

You will think I’m making this up but the book I would take is My Friend Flicka. I first read it when I was 10 years old and I still read it at least once a year. I get totally lost in it and always cry at the end, even though I know what’s going to happen!

TSB: What’s in your refrigerator at all times?

VB: Champagne, I’m always celebrating!

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

VB: Lying in my horses’ field on a hot summer’s day listening to the horses grazing round me.

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

VB: I was two-and-half. The horse was called Silver, and he was 16.2hh and dark gray. The owner made him trot—I was completely terrified but immediately hooked!

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

VB: I must have fallen off before this first memory, but I remember being 10 and on my cousin’s farm in the Blue Mountains in Australia. We were trying to get her pony to canter so broke a stick off a bush and gave her a tap on the shoulder. She bucked me off and I learned a valuable lesson!

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

VB: Honesty.

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

VB: Honesty. The feedback given by a horse has no agenda…and sometimes that’s hard to take! Horses always tell you the absolute truth.

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

VB: I would love to fly! A horse with huge wings would be just so fabulous! Can you imagine the sound of those wings moving through the air?

Okay, dream over!

I would like to enter the Olympic stadium with a horse freely moving beside me as I lead the Horse Agility Teams from every country in the world to the competition arena. No bits, no saddles, no whips—just horses and humans in harmony.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

VB: Good bread, good cheese, fine wine, good company.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

VB: Riding through African Savannah looking for cheetah!

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

VB: Gandhi. He didn’t say much but what he said was worth hearing.

TSB: What is your motto?


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Check out the excerpt in the January 2012 issue of EQUUS Magazine from our forthcoming book THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK: A STEP-BY-STEP INTRODUCTION TO THE SPORT by Vanessa Bee, Founder of the International Horse Agility Club.

Vanessa is busy spreading the new sport of Horse Agility around the globe. Have you ever watched a Dog Agility class? The handlers have fun, the dogs have fun, and there is no need for prods, restraints, or bribes….now, you can have the same experience with your horse! Learn to work your horse over a course of obstacles, in hand or at liberty, then set up “play days,” official competitions, or register to compete against an international field online!

Learn more about Horse Agility and the International Horse Agility Club in the January 2012 issue of EQUUS Magazine, found wherever quality equestrian magazines are sold.

And preorder your copy of THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


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