TSB Author Jim Masterson Takes BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE to “Horse Talk Live” on Rural TV

Jim Masterson, author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE the book and DVD, will be on “Horse Talk Live” in August! “Horse Talk Live,” hosted by horsewoman Lizzie Iwersen, is on Rural TV (a substation of RFDTV) on Dish network. Lizzie’s interview with Jim airs Monday, August 6, 2012, at 3pm EST, with replays at 9pm and Midnight.

Don’t miss it!

Plus, check out this episode of “The Horse Show with Rick Lamb” featuring Jim.

Rick Lamb is the author of HUMAN TO HORSEMAN—on sale now at the TSB online bookstore where shipping in the US is always FREE. And of course, BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, both the book and the DVD, are also available from TSB.


Jim Masterson, Author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, Featured in Warmbloods Today Magazine

TSB author Jim Masterson is featured in the July/August issue of Warmbloods Today where writer Liz Cornell talks to him about his Masterson Method techniques and how they can go a long to helping release tension and ease stiffness and discomfort in sport horses.

“While so many factors affect our horse’s performance that include diet, turnout, saddle fit, bits, shoeing, training, etcetera,” Cornell writes, “the Masterson Method incorporated into your program may be a simple and less expensive way to enhance your horse’s comfort and improve your relationship with your horse at the same time.”

Be sure to check out this terrific and informative article in the July/August issue of Warmbloods Today.

You can order Jim Masterson’s new book BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE and accompanying DVD by the same name from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


TSB Authors Featured at Western States Horse Expo June 8-10, 2012

The Western States Horse Expo is right around the corner! Don’t miss THREE EXCITING DAYS of horse education and entertainment in Sacramento, California, featuring THREE TRAFALGAR SQUARE AUTHORS, to boot! The fun runs from 9 am to 7 pm, June 8 through June 10, 2012, and includes great events for horse fans of every age and every discipline preference.

JIM MASTERSON, USET massage therapist and author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE (the BOOK and the DVD), will be teaching attendees how “finding the release” in your horse via his Masterson Method can free your horse from hidden sources of tension and make him more comfortable while ultimately improving his performance.

LYNN PALM, winner of four “Superhorse” Championships and author of THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION, is presenting all three days, with clinics focused around show ring performance, rider attitude, and the benefits of training bridleless.

PEGGY CUMMINGS, creator of Connected Riding and author of CONNECT WITH YOUR HORSE FROM THE GROUNDWORK, will share her methods of correcting horse and rider posture for a better, “connected” ride and a much happier horse!

Check out all the TSB authors at the WESTERN STATES HORSE EXPO this coming weekend!

And don’t forget, you can order their books and DVDs from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE. BLOG BONUS!! Enter the coupon code TSBBLOG15 at checkout and save 15% on your entire order!

Check Out These TSB Authors at Equine Affaire Ohio, April 12-15, 2012

If you are in the Columbus, Ohio, area, or if you plan to be this coming weekend, swing by the Ohio Expo Center for a day or two of great equestrian educational opportunities. Equine Affaire Ohio offers a wide variety of experts and professionals, covering every area of horse care, training, and riding, plus super shopping and great deals on clothing and equipment. Whether you are finding horses for the very first time, or riding for the ten-thousandth time, EA is a great experience, for kids and adults alike.

Three Trafalgar Square Books authors will be at EA Ohio. Be sure to find their booth, say hello, and get them to sign a book or DVD…for you and all of your horse-loving friends!

Brenda Imus, author of the book THE GAITED HORSE BIBLE and the DVD set GAITS FROM GOD, will present on Saturday and Sunday (check the Equine Affaire website for times and locations), and you can meet her and view her gaited horse saddles and bridles in booth #201-202 in the Bricker Building.


Jim Masterson, author of the bestselling book and DVD BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, will present on Saturday and Sunday (check the Equine Affaire website for times and locations), and you can meet him at his booth #H2 and H1 in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center.


Douglas Puterbaugh, author of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE, will be signing books and answering questions in booth #427 in the Bricker Building.


Books and DVDs from all three authors are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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March Issue of HORSE&RIDER MAGAZINE Features Excerpt from BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by TSB Author Jim Masterson

BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by TSB author Jim Masterson is featured in the March issue of Horse&Rider Magazine.

Jim Masterson’s bestselling book BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE is featured in the March issue of Horse&Rider Magazine! Pick up a copy wherever quality magazines are sold and check it out, or take our word for it and get yourself a copy of Jim’s book from the TSB online bookstore today (shipping in the US is always FREE!) Jim’s fabulous DVD by the same name is also available.

Here are some of the things readers are saying about BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE:

The book is written so it is very easy to follow and has some humor thrown in. There are detailed instructions and plenty of pictures. The book is spiral bound so it can be taken it to the barn to review while working on your horse. This book is certainly worth the small investment.”

“This is an excellently formatted textbook introducing the Masterson Method. It has clear descriptions and photos of techniques that will give almost immediate results. Anyone who works with horses and is interested in bodywork to release tension would find it helpful, and for a beginning practitioner it is a revelation.”

“Stefanie Reinhold and Jim Masterson have hit this one out of the ball park. For me, they have won the Grand Prix of bodywork for horses! This book will help you to keep your horse supple, relaxed and in good health. If you have an issue you are trying to solve with your horse, this should be your first go-to resource. Spiral bound and easy to take and use at the barn, the simple and easy to understand step by step instructions, as well as what you’re looking to see happen in your horse give the user exactly what they need to ensure that they are doing this right. This book puts the horse first in regards to health, and the user first in regards to simplicity, understanding and effective execution of the method. Hurray!”

This book is such a treasure. I love how it is structured with a quick overview on one page followed by more in depth descriptions on the following pages. The photos are a big help to explain in great detail the releases. The tips are also very helpful and at times very funny and always insightful.”


TSB Talks to Author Jim Masterson about His Innovative Form of Bodywork, Mark Twain, and Endless Vacations

In November Trafalgar Square Books had the chance to catch up with Jim Masterson, creator of the Masterson Method, an innovative form of bodywork that relaxes the horse’s body and relieves his muscles, connective tissue, and structure of deep stress and pain. We found out a little more about his method developed, plus discovered he likes beer and Mark Twain…not necessarily in that order.

You can order Jim’s new book BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, and the DVD by the same name, at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

TSB: You began your foray into equine massage and bodywork while working for a hunter-jumper trainer. How did that “jump” from one interest to another evolve?

JM: I remember two specific events that inspired me to do this kind of work during a time when I was hauling and grooming horses for a hunter-jumper show barn. Up to that point I never had any interest in any kind of bodywork.

The first inspiration was an old horse chiropractor from New Zealand who’d been working on horses for 40 years—he’d learned from another old horse chiropractor in New Zealand who’d been doing it for 40 years. (The genealogy is lost from there.) This guy used some pretty forceful techniques, but he got amazing results. He also paid very close attention to the horse’s responses, and would step back after each adjustment to see “what the horse had to say.” I learned to watch the horse from watching him, as well as a couple of other key things that later would make a big difference in improving performance in the horse.

Jim's Masterson Method of bodywork "releases" points of stress or pain in the horse...leading to ALL SORTS of expressions of relaxation and pleasure!

The second was at a hunter-jumper show in Estes Park, Colorado. I watched two ladies who had been hired to work on our horses start their treatment by running their hands very lightly over the bladder meridian to relax the horse. I noticed that the horse’s lip would twitch or eye would blink in response as their hand passed lightly over certain spots. I realized that the horse’s body was giving visual responses to something the hand was doing. I also realized, when I experimented with this, that when I got a blink or a twitch, if I stopped and kept my hand or finger very lightly over that spot, eventually I would get more and larger responses—such as changes in breathing or licking and chewing—and that eventually the horse would start yawning and showing the same responses that the New Zealand horseman recognized as indicating a successful adjustment.  I learned that if I stayed light enough and long enough on that spot, and did basically nothing, the horse’s body would release tension on its own. A perfect technique for someone like me—naturally  lazy and with no prior training!

By following the horse’s responses I gradually learned to use movement to get the horse to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance, using both visual and palpable responses to touch. This led to a method that is both visually and palpably appealing to horse owners, and which, after quite a few years working on horses on the hunter-jumper circuit, led to teaching seminars and courses to horse owners and therapists.

TSB: You travel internationally and pretty constantly. Where has your work with the Masterson Method brought you—that is, which countries have you enjoyed and what have you liked most about them?

JM: Who has been to Italy who can say that they didn’t like Italy? I’ve done a few seminars there. My wife usually doesn’t feel the need to come along on these trips, but for some reason each time I go to Italy, she feels I need help.

I’ve been going to England and Ireland a couple of times a year for the past few years. Other than the language problem it’s great. I have a brother married to an English woman, and a nephew there, too, so I get to practice my English with them from time to time.

Feels good...

The English and Irish are great with horses. They have a military and hunting history and tradition with horses that is an interesting contrast to our Western working tradition. But a horse is a horse, and horses and horse care are very important to them. I enjoy my trips there.

The Pan Am Endurance Championships were in Chile this year, on the coast near a town called Santo Domingo. I was surprised to find it was more like the coast of California than what you would think of as South America. I hope to get to Argentina and Uruguay soon—they are big horse countries where interest in my type of work is growing.

I’m looking forward to going back to Australia, except for the commute.

TSB: Your driving horse Annabelle appears at the end of your book BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, and you allude to the fact that she, along with your local pub, have been instrumental in the development of the book and now the DVD. Tell us about this horse of yours—how did you meet? How long have you pursued driving as an activity?

JM: I have two Morgans who were given to me as youngsters by an interesting woman here in Iowa who grew up Amish. They’re brother and sister, and I trail ride and drive them both. Jeremiah’s not much of an urbanite (come to think of it, no one in Iowa is) and prefers to stay out of town, but Annabelle will take me into town for a cup of coffee with my buddies at the Amoco station, and occasionally to a local restaurant with a very nice bar and a tree out front—for a beer and a flake or two. I try to limit her to three (flakes), as she sometimes has to drive home. This came in handy during the book as the stress of meeting multiple deadlines grew.

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?

JM: Any horse would do, but I’d have to have a Morgan if I had a choice. They’re very sensible, good, all-around horses, especially mine. Of course I’d have to take both, and Annabelle for sure if it was more than a mile to the nearest pub.

I want more!

As for a book, when I like to escape I’ll read Lonesome Dove, or Little Big Man by Thomas Berg. If I were on a desert island it would probably take more than that to really escape, but I think Jeremiah and Annabelle would appreciate either of those stories if I were reading out loud.

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

JM: I have to go look… Looks like there’s milk for the am, and beer for the pm.

There’s also a lot of other stuff as I like to cook and do most of the cooking around here. Might explain why I need two Morgans to pull me around. If Conley cooked I could get by with a pony, or maybe a Standardbred.

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

JM: Oh, I don’t know. I’m not that much of a philosopher. There are a lot of things that can make you happy. Of course, just being with your horse is near the top of the list.

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on (or driving) a horse.

JM: That’s probably a question that just about anyone who rides horses can easily remember. It’s kind of like a touchstone; I remember it often without prompting. When I was in first grade I remember sitting in the saddle in front of my older brother on our big paint Duke (pronounced “Duque’” as it would in Spanish) riding down a trail where we lived in Topanga Canyon. I remember looking down at his neck, and at the big shoulders moving back and forth, and hearing the creak of the saddle with each step. It always felt safe sitting in front of my brother on Duque’. I didn’t know at the time how whacky he was out from under the saddle—the horse, I mean.

Oh yeah!

JM: I don’t know if I can remember the first time, maybe just some of the highlights of later times. Going bareback as a kid can always provide plenty of memories of falling or getting bucked off, especially when cactus is involved. And then you have to distinguish between unintentional, and intentional…

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

JM: I have an old friend who I’ve known since before I left home. He’s older than me and was kind of a mentor to me as a young man out in the world. He has a different perspective on life, and shows you how going a little “outside the box” so,” explaining that if you had five minutes left to live, you’d want to spend it chatting with this friend because you’d leave feeling that everything is going to be alright. We might cross paths after ten years, and we’ll be friends just as if we’d had coffee together at the North Star Cafe yesterday.

This may seem a long answer to a simple question but it’s hard to put into one word. And since I looked ahead to the next question and saw that the answer would be about the same for both I thought I could give a longer answer.

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

JM: Loyalty, and timelessness. Of course the second is simply a quality of the horse. (Hey, that wasn’t so difficult.)

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

Thanks, Jim.

JM: I’d like to train and learn to ride the horse at liberty—no reins, no saddle. It will also save a lot of money on tack.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

JM: With wine.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

JM: No time limit.

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

JM: Mark Twain. But I’d like to have a conversation with more than one.

TSB: What is your motto?

JM: I’d have to make one up.

Order BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, the BOOK and DVD, at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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At Trafalgar Square Books, we think our horses are thankful for the books we've read and the DVDs we've watched this year.

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We at Trafalgar Square Books took a moment to wonder what our horses might be thankful for. Deep bedding and that extra flake of hay? Probably. The new Rambo and the flash set of boots? Perhaps. But we also think what our horses appreciate most this year are the books we’ve read, the DVDs we’ve watched, and the direct impact—both observable and invisible—our broadened horse knowledge then has on our horse’s health and happiness. We ride better, we communicate better, and we pay better attention to our horse’s body and brain because of the books we’ve read.

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Where Does My Horse Hurt by Dr. Renee Tucker

An easy-to-use, graphically clear method of finding the location of aches and pains in your horse’s body.


How Good Riders Get Good by Denny Emerson

Hands-down the best source of inspiration and guidance if you really want to succeed in the horse industry.


Beyond Horse Massage (Book and DVD) by Jim Masterson

An incredible new form of bodywork that releases tension in the horse so he can perform his best.


Rider & Horse Back to Back (Book and DVD) by Susanne von Dietze

A guide to “back-friendly” riding by the renowned physiotherapist and dressage rider who brought you the bestselling Balance in Movement.

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