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Click the image above to watch the TODAY feature about what horses can do for children with autism.

Click the image above to watch the TODAY feature about what horses can do for children with autism.

 

“Isaiah Forte, 9, flashes a brilliant smile from the horse he’s riding,” writes TODAY contributor Linda Carroll in the show’s November 12th feature story that shares how horses can help children with autism. “Diagnosed at 2 with autism, Forte for years had difficulty communicating and connecting with others. But then the little boy met a smallish chestnut mare at the HorseAbility Center for Equine Facilitated Programs in Westbury, N.Y., and everything started to change.

“‘We struggled to find a breakthrough,’ Isaiah’s dad, Rick Forte, told TODAY, tears welling up in his eyes. ‘HorseAbility . . . really gave him confidence. That, to me, was like his coming out party. That was awesome.’”

In RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, French riding instructor Claudine Pelletier-Milet shares countless stories on this subject—her own anecdotal evidence—of how horses can be the means to forming and nurturing lines of communication while encouraging a healthy and natural evolution of self in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

“Children learn that they can exert control over their pony,” writes Pelletier-Milet in RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. “This gives them the idea of ‘otherness’…at the same time they see that the pony responds to language just as they do…They also understand that they can be a little afraid of the pony and similarly, the pony is a little afraid of them…they have to learn to treat the pony as they want the pony to treat them.

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“The pony holds them safely in the saddle; it rocks them comfortingly; it carries them along faster than they could move on their own legs…Their head is higher than their parents’, and this gives them a new feeling of independence and power…They have to learn about cooperation, give and take, and caring for an animal.

“The pony is the means for autistic children to develop contact with their body, their feelings, their emotions—and with other people.”

You can download a free excerpt from RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM or order your copy by CLICKING HERE.

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2012NEWYEAR

Each year at this time I like to take a moment, as so many of us do, and look back over the events of 2012—at what made them special, or memorable, or exciting. I like to review time past and consider what maybe I wish I’d done differently…and also, and what makes me proud.

At Trafalgar Square Books, we always strive to provide the the best quality in educational equestrian literature and viewing we can. This year, I am particularly proud of our list of titles—if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, now is your chance to purchase them through the TSB online bookstore ON SALE, for a limited time.

So here they are, the TSB Books & DVDs of 2012:

THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK

This fabulous guide by Vanessa Bee, the Founder of the International Horse Agility Club, gives you everything you need to get started in the hot new international sport of Horse Agility.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE

With a title and a cover meant to stop you in your tracks and make you think, Douglas Puterbaugh’s exploration of how to counter our own human frailty in order to become better riders is a terrific read.

RIDING ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

It is no secret that riding has a very important place in helping those with autism spectrum disorders open to those around them in ways never thought possible. Claudine Pelletier-Milet shares her experiences in France, with a warmth and honest that is delivers both inspiration and hope.

HORSE PROFILING

Kerry Thomas has made a splash in the Thoroughbred racing industry with his form of profiling a horse’s performance tendencies and developing ways in which a horse can be mentally conditioned toward a given goal.

NATURE, NURTURE AND HORSES

Paul Belasik journal-type writing gives us an honest glimpse into the life of a horseman and the challenges he faces and joys he experiences as he brings along four very different sport horse prospects from birth.

DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE

FEI/USEF dressage judge Janet Foy’s bestseller provides training tips and creative ways to improve the horse you have and bring him along through the levels despite his “faults” and imperfections.

HOW TO SPEAK HORSE

A red-hot bestseller, this terrific introduction to natural horsemanship just for kids is temporarily out of stock—order now to receive your copy as soon as more arrive!

CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

A wonderful two-book introduction to the Brookmeade Young Riders Series by Linda Snow McLoon. With a focus on riding, good horsemanship, and hard work, these novels are appropriate for children ages 10 and up.

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN

A 10-hour, 7-disc instructional series from the modern-day master of good horsemanship, created from the unused footage shot while creating the award-winning documentary BUCK.

BALANCING ACT

The follow-up to Dr. Gerd Heuschmann’s international bestseller TUG OF WAR, this new book takes his argument for the good of the horse further.

SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION

Veterinarian, judge, and sport horse breeding authority Christian Schacht provides methods for evaluating dressage, jumping and eventing prospects based on recognizing proportions and lines.

DANCING WITH HORSES PAPERBACK

A reissue of the international bestseller from Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling.

NINE PILATES ESSENTIALS FOR THE BALANCED RIDER

Popular Pilates instructor and dressage rider Janice Dulak breaks down the body into nine essential “parts” and incorporates the “Magic Circle” exercise ring in a series of exercises specifically targeted to improve the muscles you need in riding.

Check out all of the books in our TSB BOOKS & DVDS OF 2012 SALE, going on now!

And Happy New Year, from all of us at Trafalgar Square Books.

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