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Trafalgar Square Books is thrilled to add three new books to its collection of titles specifically for young horse lovers!

HOW TO SPEAK HORSE by Andrea and Marcus Eschbach, the authors of RIDING FREE, explains basic concepts of natural horsemanship to six-to ten-year-olds. The book includes easy lessons in “horse speak,” demonstrating how horses communicate with the movement of their body, their expression, and the distance they close, maintain, or increase between them and an object or person of interest. This language is integral to understanding their behavior and how to train them—the ability to recognize fear, frustration, willingness, and happiness is important to a handler’s safety and success, on the ground and in the saddle.

HOW TO SPEAK HORSE is chock full of beautiful color photographs showing groundwork that is safe and fun for children, providing the perfect introduction to the keys to natural horsemanship and how good communication can keep you safe in everything you do with your horse.

Sample pages from HOW TO SPEAK HORSE by Andrea and Marcus Eschbach.

CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED are the first two books in the exciting new Brookmeade Young Riders Series by Linda Snow McLoon. Readers age 10 and up are sure to fall in love with Crown Prince, the racetrack rogue who finds a new home and a second chance with Sarah Wagner, a young girl who always dreamed of a horse of her own. Sarah and Crown Prince set off on all sorts of adventures, and the author’s ability to write convincingly about horses, riding, training, and competing harkens back to the glory days of quality equestrian fiction.

“I really enjoyed the characters, the story line, and the writing, and more than anything else, the horsemanship that is woven into Crown Prince and Crown Prince Challenged,” says Susan Harris, Centered Riding Senior Instructor, international clinician, and author of the US Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship; Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement; Anatomy in Motion DVDs; and Grooming to Win. “I found the characters (especially Sarah Wagner), the horses, and the problems they face, believable and interesting, and the setting (a good boarding and teaching barn) authentic in today’s horse world, right down to the Jack Russell terriers. The reader will learn a lot about horses, good riding and horsemanship through these novels, but it’s part of the story, not a ‘lesson.’ I enjoyed the first book so much that I went right on to the second, and now I’m hoping the author is working on the next one! I highly recommend these books!”

“Get ready to fall in love with the story of Crown Prince and Sarah,” agrees Elizabeth Letts, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion. “Chock-a-block with accurate equestrian details, well-paced, and full of heart, the story of Sarah and her off-the-track one-dollar purchase is the story of how hard-work, determination and love for horses can make any young rider’s dream come true.”

We’ll be featuring Jennifer Brandon’s paintings and prints in the months ahead.

CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED feature specially commissioned covers by the talented young equestrian and canine portrait artist Jennifer Brandon. Check out our profile about Jennifer by clicking HERE.

You can order all of our new books for young horse lovers at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.



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Check out the latest review of RIDING FREE by Andrea and Markus Eschbach in the June issue of The Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar!

“European riding duo Andrea and Markus Eschbach are known for their demonstrations riding horses without bits, bridles, or saddles. And now, they have a guide to show you how to achieve the same thing. This book, compact and full of color photos, takes you step-by-step as you learn to improve communication between you and your horse and, ultimately, start riding without the traditional tack. Their whole training methodology is based on the belief that riders only need to send small cues to the horse in order to communicate, and with proper training of the human, things like reins aren’t necessary for communication.

“The book starts out with an explanation of the proper way to familiarize your horse with bits and other tack, plus extensive discussion of going bitless, with various groundwork exercises to get him comfortable with a bitless bridle. The Eschbachs discuss the use of a neck ring, and finally, riding bareback. Whether you plan to go ‘naked’ or not, this dynamic duo of horsemen can help you achieve a more subtle, mutually beneficial, and humane way to communicate with your equine partner.

“The bottom line? If nothing else, this book will make you think twice about your dependence on tack, especially bits”

To download a free sample chapter from RIDING FREE, click HERE and look for the FREE SAMPLE DOWNLOAD on the right side of the page.

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RIDING FREE, the new book from Andrea and Markus Eschbach, promises you CAN feel safe and secure when riding your horse without a bit, without a bridle, without a saddle…even without all three!

The Eschbachs have an amazing ability to spell out the steps you need to take to prepare your horse for a life of minimal tack and maximum fun. Their new book is a joy to read and a thrill to try out–they provide both theory and step-by-step exercises that anyone can use.

In fact, RIDING FREE inspired TSB Managing Director Martha Cook to give a bitless bridle a try.

A Morgan in a bitless bridle--it is NOT a figment of your imagination!

“When I read Riding Free: Bitless, Bridleless, Bareback,” says Martha, “I was intrigued by Dr. Robert Cook’s research on how a bit affects a horse’s breathing and reflexes for chewing and swallowing. The science made a lot of sense to me. I have a Morgan gelding who exhibits any anxiety during schooling or out solo on a trail ride by champing his snaffle bit. The more he champs the bit, the tighter his whole body becomes. The action of champing builds tension, and I feel working the bit becomes the anxiety. It’s difficult to move beyond the tension once this sequence begins.

“I figured, what do I have to lose? I purchased one of Dr. Cook’s Bitless Bridles and gave it a try. So far, so good after a handful of rides both in the arena and on the trail. I find school figures lack accuracy, but I’m sure this will improve as my horse becomes used to aids without the direction of a bit. The best thing is I think my theory of taking the bit out of the equation when riding on the trail is working.”

You can download a sample chapter of RIDING FREE by clicking HERE and finding the DOWNLOAD button on the right side of the page.

Read a review of RIDING FREE on TheSweetFeed.com by clicking HERE.

Order your copy of this exciting new book at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE and where you can get 15% off your entire order now through the holidays.

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook poses with her Morgan after a successful foray into the woods in a bitless bridle.

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