Category: Philosophy

  • We’re About to Blow Your Mind: Working with Horses Is Like Flying Helicopters

    We’re About to Blow Your Mind: Working with Horses Is Like Flying Helicopters

    “Softness” is about having the sensitivity we need in order to feel when and if the horse tries to “give.” It is about developing the kind of awareness and feel it takes to know when we are working against our horses, rather than with them. In his book JOURNEY TO SOFTNESS, renowned horseman and storyteller […]

  • George Morris: “The School Horse Is Just as Valuable as Big Star”

    George Morris: “The School Horse Is Just as Valuable as Big Star”

    In 2017 and together with Kenilworth Press in the UK, TSB released the book SPORT HORSE SOUNDNESS AND PERFORMANCE by Dr. Cecilia Lönnell. George Morris was an enthusiastic supporter of the premise of Dr. Lönnell’s book, and so wrote a detailed foreword that makes many points that are of great value to all of those within […]

  • Dancing with Horses: Choreographer Paula Josa-Jones Explains How Horses Are Masters of Movement Language

    Dancing with Horses: Choreographer Paula Josa-Jones Explains How Horses Are Masters of Movement Language

      TSB is excited to announce a wonderful upcoming event at the Time Out Foundation—a 35-acre farm in beautiful northwest Connecticut that provides children and teens with the time, space, and experiences they need to create positive change in their lives. On May 20, 2018, from 3-5:00 pm, TSB author Paula Josa-Jones will present a playful, collaborative […]

  • Love vs. Limits: How Do You Establish Boundaries While Still Being Your Horse’s Friend?

    Love vs. Limits: How Do You Establish Boundaries While Still Being Your Horse’s Friend?

    I think it is Buck Brannaman who has often likened working with horses to parenthood. And, as a horse person and a mom, I concur it is strikingly similar. Loving someone and yet setting limits and saying “No” can be an exhausting act of balance. You don’t want to err too soft or too hard…and […]

  • 10 Things I Learned from Jack Le Goff’s Autobiography

    10 Things I Learned from Jack Le Goff’s Autobiography

    Before we published HORSES CAME FIRST, SECOND, AND LAST, I knew of Jack Le Goff. I knew of him the way any once-young-and-aspiring eventer would: through stories shared by the trainers I rode with through the years, as well as those very fine horsemen and women I’ve had the honor of working with during my […]

  • The Principles of Riding: Still Solid After All These Years

    The Principles of Riding: Still Solid After All These Years

    THE PRINCIPLES OF RIDING by the German Equestrian Federation (FN) was first published more than 50 years ago and now has 28 editions to date. Over 400,000 have been sold, translated into 11 languages. The ideas expressed in THE PRINCIPLES OF RIDING are based on “classical riding,” which is defined by the FN as: “A […]

  • The Truth About Transitions

    The Truth About Transitions

    In Jessica Black’s book COWBOY DRESSAGE, she explains Eitan Beth-Halachmy’s riding and training philosophy. One point they do an excellent job clarifying involves transitions: what they are, how to prepare for them, and how to make them good. Anytime the horse changes his gait or frame, he performs a transition. Going from the walk to […]

  • Training the Shy Ones: Insight from Ingrid Klimke

    Training the Shy Ones: Insight from Ingrid Klimke

    In her new book TRAINING HORSES THE INGRID KLIMKE WAY, gold-medal Olympian and champion eventer Ingrid Klimke shares intimate profiles of 10 of her horses. We are invited into her barn where she explains their personality quirks, their strengths and their challenges. Klimke outlines each horse’s training plan, highlighting why certain accommodations are made for […]

  • Going Back in Order to Go Forward: A Lesson from Alois Podhajsky

    Going Back in Order to Go Forward: A Lesson from Alois Podhajsky

      Colonel Alois Podhajsky was an Olympian and Director of the the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for 26 years. Podhajsky was known to bring out the best in each horse he rode, and to rely on patience, understanding, and affection in the training process. Podhajsky detailed his riding, training, and competitive experiences in the […]

  • Mounting Anxiety?

    Mounting Anxiety?

    How do you think your horse feels about being mounted? Does he fidget? Throw his head up? Drop his back? Root at the bit? It is easy to unbalance your horse when you mount him, and you can also unbalance him when you dismount. Learning to take your time in the process of mounting and dismounting […]