This Is What Top Equestrians Are Thankful For


Photo by Keron Psillas from The Alchemy of Dressage by Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis

In almost every book we publish, we invite our authors to include a page of acknowledgments; this is their chance to thank those who may have had a hand in their careers or the making of their books. While it isn’t every day that we look back through to see who they’ve thanked over the years, it seems appropriate on this blustery, cold, Vermont afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving 2016. As might be imagined, there is one resounding theme that emerges…have a look at some of the words of gratitude TSB authors have put in print. If your book was about to be published, who would YOU thank?


“They say success has a thousand fathers—I thank from the bottom of my heart all those who have taken an extra minute out of their day to help me down my path.” Jonathan Field in THE ART OF LIBERTY TRAINING FOR HORSES

“Thanks go out to every horse I’ve ever had the pleasure and privilege of riding…they’ve taught me the importance of caring, patience, understanding, selflessness, and hard work.” Daniel Stewart in PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING


TSB author Jonathan Field with his family and "Hal."

TSB author Jonathan Field with his family and “Hal.”


“Most of all my greatest thanks go to Secret, the horse who has taught me so much—she is a horse in a million.” Vanessa Bee in 3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP

“We owe the greatest depths of gratitude to the horses.” Phillip Dutton in MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON

“Thank you, Santa, for bringing the pony when I was little.” Jean Abernethy in THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE

“Thank you to my partner and wife Conley, without whose moral support and inspiration I would be sitting on a tailgate by the side of the road holding a cardboard sign that reads, ‘Will work on horses for food.'” Jim Masterson in BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE


TSB author Linda Tellington-Jones.

TSB author Linda Tellington-Jones.


“Thank you to my beloved parents. You were so wonderful to let me chart a path with horses, which you knew nothing about.” Lynn Palm in THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION

“I thank my beloved equine partners—my most important teachers.” Dr. Beth Glosten in THE RIDING DOCTOR

“Thank you to all my wonderful students and friends for always being there.” Jane Savoie in IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS

“I really need to honor the people who have invited me to work with them and the horses that have allowed me to be with, ride, and train them over the decades. I have learned some things from books, but most from the people and horses I train.” Heather Sansom in FIT TO RIDE IN 9 WEEKS!

“I give thanks for all the horses over the years who have taught me so much.” Linda Tellington-Jones in THE ULTIMATE HORSE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING BOOK

“I am grateful for all my teachers, two-legged, four-legged, and winged, for all they have taught me through their own journeys.” Dr. Allen Schoen in THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN

“Thank you to every horse that came my way over the past 45 years. Each one had lessons to teach me.” Susan Gordon in THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN

“I want to thank my parents who finally gave in to the passionate desire of a small child who wanted a horse.” Heather Smith Thomas in GOOD HORSE, BAD HABITS

“Most of all, thank you to all the horses.” Sharon Wilsie in HORSE SPEAK


TSB author Dr. Allen Schoen.

TSB author Dr. Allen Schoen.


“I am extremely thankful to all of the horses in my life. I would not have accomplished so much without them. The horses have been my greatest teachers!” Anne Kursinski in ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING & JUMPING CLINIC

“I need to thank all the horses.” Sgt. Rick Pelicano in BETTER THAN BOMBPROOF

“Thank you to students and riders who share my passion in looking deeper into the horse and into themselves.” Dominique Barbier in THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS

“Thanks go to the many horses that have come into my life. You give me great happiness, humility, and sometimes peace; you always challenge me to become more than I am, and you make my life whole.” Andrea Monsarrat Waldo in BRAIN TRAINING FOR RIDERS


And thank YOU, our readers and fellow horsemen, who are always striving to learn and grow in and out of the saddle, for the good of the horse.

Wishing a very happy and safe Thanksgiving to all!

The Trafalgar Square Books Staff


Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, is a small company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

On “Feeling the Spark,” “Having Faith,” and Anthropomorphism with Horses


“At the outset of any new relationship, there is the joy of getting to know someone and of doing things together. A horse develops his interest partly because he likes to play or just hang out with us. With very shy horses, a glance is enough to tell me what I need to know: I get an idea of his nature and want to make contact even if it is not in the way I had originally planned. If there is a certain spark that tells me he wants to make contact, then I know I have enough love and patience to create the right working relationship and achieve a good conclusion—even if it takes years.

“It is precisely this preparedness to devote hundreds of hours of work over many years that is important. If you have not felt this divine spark and do not believe strongly enough in the journey to devote all the time and love that is required then it will only be boring—both for you and for the horse—but, if you have felt the spark and have faith, then it is my conviction that the horse will always do his utmost to work with you and win your love.

“When I have found myself just assessing a horse’s merits rationally, the relationship has always remained platonic. This is, of course, a perfectly reasonable basis for a good working relationship for some other people, but not for us. It would not be satisfactory either for us or for the horse. In order to be properly content, a horse must have a real attraction and be in the position to forge a firm bond.”






“Ethologists hold up their hands in horror at he concept of anthropomorphism, but I am convinced that you have to put yourself into the horse’s skin if you are to gain an understanding. This does not mean that you can assume the horse will react to every situation similarly to a human reaction. It is more a matter of being aware of the difficulties the horse experiences in communicating with a human and sometimes of the conflicting demands made upon him.

“What is evident and causes problems is that a horse has a developed sense of fairness and justice. We have to be fair in the analysis of a situation and in our actions that result from this. Some horses will rebel against what they perceive as unjust. They notice immediately if their own signals have not been received and decoded, but react wonderfully when they know they have. It is not a matter of giving in to their wishes but of acting justly and taking into account their interests, their comfort, and indeed ours at the same time!”



Magali and Frédéric gained international fame when they toured North America and Europe as the founding stars of the hit show Cavalia, from 2003 to 2009. They are currently performing a new show in Europe, with a hand-picked cast of 50 horses and 30 performers. Check out EQUI:



Both BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER–YOU AND YOUR HORSE and GALLOP TO FREEDOM by Magali Delgado and Frédéric Pignon are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.


24 Hours in the Life of Horseman Clinton Anderson

Ever wondered what a day-in-the-life of a top horse professional is like? Ever wish you were a fly on the wall of an indoor at a top trainer’s barn? At Trafalgar Square Books, we’re asking our top authors to give us the blow-by-blow, nitty-gritty of what it’s really like to “be them” on a regular ole day, so we can live out our own equestrian fantasies just a little more clearly, and appreciate their commitment to the horses and horse sports we love just a little more honestly.

In honor of the 10-Year Anniversary of one of TSB’s all-time bestselling books, Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship: Establish Respect and Control for English and Western Riders, we’re kicking off a new blog series with 24 hours in the life of Clinton himself.

And WOW, we thought publishing made for long days! We’ve got nothin’ on this guy! Take a moment to walk a day in his boots and you’ll appreciate why Downunder Horsemanship has grown into an internationally recognized and respected brand and Method of horse training.



A normal day for Clinton Anderson…

3:00 a.m.  Wake up and get dressed. [Editor’s note: Yes, you read that correctly three in the morning.]

3:30 a.m.  Train my two- and three-year-old performance horses. These are horses I have bred and raised at the ranch. They’re in training to be reiners or working cow horses. One of my top reining prospects this year is Pluto, a two-year-old colt, registered with the AQHA as Instant Upgrade. He is by Cromed Out Mercedes, an NRBC Futurity champion out of Princess in Diamonds with lifetime earnings over $146,000. Pluto’s dam, Nic N Smart, by Reminic, was one of my favorite show horses, having won all three divisions (Limited, Intermediate and Open) of the Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity with me in 2006.

6:00 a.m.  Go back to the house and eat breakfast. I mostly eat bacon and eggs.

6:30 a.m.  Head back to the barn to train more of my two- and three-year-old performance horses.

9:00 a.m.  I hand my last horse over to my barn manager Katie Kelch and then head to the large outdoor arena to teach my Academy students. They’re each training horses, so not only am I concerned about making sure they’re learning the information I need them to, but I also want to be sure the horses are progressing through the program at a good pace. I generally start with 10 to 12 Academy students at the start of the program in June and end up with three or four outstanding individuals who actually graduate the program to become one of my certified clinicians. My clinicians are not only outstanding horsemen and instructors, but they each possess the four core values of Downunder Horsemanship: They are loyal, hard-working, ambitious, and personable. Because I’m in the people-training business, I place as much, if not more, emphasis on those core values as I do on an individual’s horsemanship ability.

12:00 p.m.  I head up to the house to grab a quick lunch. Lunch is usually something rich in protein. Then I take a shower and change into clean clothes to head into the office in town. It’s about a 20-minute drive from the ranch to the office. (I’m known for my lead foot and keep a careful eye out for the local policemen!)


A big part of Clinton Anderson's time in the office is spent replying to email!

A big part of Clinton Anderson’s time in the office is spent replying to email!


1:00 p.m.   I’m in the office daily from about one in the afternoon until six every night. When I walk through the doors of Downunder Horsemanship, I make a quick round of the office, greeting all of my teammates and checking to see if anyone needs anything from me. Then it’s down to business.

To keep things simple and to keep myself from getting bogged down in details, I have three whiteboards in my office. I use one board to “spitball” ideas (a lot of Downunder Horsemanship innovations start here as my chicken scratch), another to keep track of the tasks I’m working on, and a third to follow the projects of the employees I directly manage.

As the president of the company, I have four main job duties:

  • Support my managers and employees.
  • Train and coach my employees.
  • Hold employees accountable to deadlines and commitments.
  • Maintain the culture and inspire the team to move forward.

My management technique is to let my employees do their jobs. I don’t micromanage. In fact, if I feel like I have to micromanage an employee or have to constantly be tapping him or her on the shoulder, I don’t keep that employee around. I have to trust that when someone tells me he or she will get the job done, it’ll get done. I realized a long time ago in my career that I don’t need to be the smartest guy in the company; I just have to be smart enough to surround myself with the smartest people I can afford.

I respond to A LOT of emails. In fact, emails take up the majority of my day in the office.

Because my name is on the door, I feel it’s important that I review everything that is produced at Downunder Horsemanship. That means I watch every club DVD, television show, and DVD series, and I proofread all articles and training materials. It’s crucial to me that my customers get the right information in the easiest-to-understand format.

6:00 p.m.  By six, I’m ready to call it a day at the office. Before heading out the door, I make one last round, making sure no one needs anything from me before I leave. However, I always have my cell phone on me and my employees know that they can contact me whenever they need to. In fact, we have a saying around here: “You don’t always get your way, but you always get your say.” I’ll hear anybody out, and while it doesn’t mean I’ll implement their idea, they are always encouraged to tell me their thoughts.

6:30 p.m.   When I get home after a day in the office, I’m beat. To unwind, I often head out to the back of the house where I’ve set up a swing next to the pool. Some nights (well, okay, I’ll be honest, most nights!), I pour myself a Captain Morgan and Coke and chill out.


Clinton's end-of-the-day chill-out includes a swing and a drink---and there might still be some business to take care  of, too.

Clinton’s end-of-the-day chill-out includes a swing and a drink—and there might still be some business to take care of, too.


7:00 p.m.  Depending on the time of year, I like to grill for dinner. My favorite meal is grilled lamb chops from Omaha Steak House.

7:30 p.m.  Then I watch horse training DVDs to keep educating myself. Right now, I’m watching lessons I had filmed of me working with my mentor, Ian Francis. I find that I pick up on extra tidbits by going back and watching the lessons over and over again. I especially pay attention to Ian and the subtle ways he’s cueing the horses.

9:00 p.m.  I try my best to get to bed at a reasonable hour so that I’m ready for another full day. I find I have to have at least seven hours of sleep to function worth a crap the next day, so that’s why I try hard to be in bed no later than nine. In fact, I prefer to be in bed by 8:30, if possible!


And then there are the not-so-normal days…

Days when I have no other commitments besides working in the office are pretty straightforward, but those days are few and far between for me. Because I’m the face of Downunder Horsemanship, I’m a key part to most projects and have to be available for filming and photo shoots, and of course teaching clinics and doing tours. Most days involve some really creative schedule juggling to fit everything in.

Clinics: When I’m teaching a clinic, I’m with the participants from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., or whenever the clinic ends for the day. Sometimes when I really get into a lesson, the day ends a little later than five. When a clinic is going on, I lean heavily on my managers to pick up the slack for me because I can’t be in the office daily. Luckily, I have a great team that does a phenomenal job.

Tours: When I’ve got a Walkabout Tour, I usually leave Stephenville on a Thursday to arrive at the venue a day-and-a-half before the show starts. I use that time to meet with sponsors and other business associates, work my horse Diez, and catch up on work. On Saturday and Sunday, I’m on from 8:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. I catch a short break for lunch on both days, but other than that, I’m either in the arena explaining the Method or answering people’s horse training questions. Then I spend the majority of Monday in airports, on planes, and in the car returning to the ranch. It makes for a long weekend, but sharing the Method with horse owners and seeing some of my biggest fans makes it all worthwhile.

Photo Shoots: I have to be ready to go in front of the camera at dawn when lighting is the best. Often times, we’ll start shooting early in the morning and then break around ten in the morning and pick it back up at four in the afternoon when good lighting returns. The days can be long, but I’m fortunate to have one of the best equine photographers working for me. His skill behind the camera definitely keeps Downunder Horsemanship at the forefront of providing the best instruction and inspiring horsemen to reach their dreams.


Clinton reviews all the footage filmed for his television show and DVDs.

Clinton reviews all the footage filmed for his television show and DVDs.


Filming: Creating material for television shows and DVDs consumes a third of my year. Some filming is done at the ranch, but the majority of shows are taped on location. I might be a natural in front of the camera, but my team works hard to make sure I look my best on film and get my points across clearly. At most filming sessions, we have three cameras rolling and a sound technician on hand. And, just like when I am in the office, I’m hands-on at filming and photo shoots as well, making sure the important details of a lesson are captured.


Clinton’s endless energy and amazing attention to detail brought his Method to the hands of horse lovers in his seminal book CLINTON ANDERSON’S DOWNUNDER HORSEMANSHIP. To order your copy of the 10th Anniversary Special Edition, CLICK HERE NOW.


CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to order the 10th Anniversary Special Edition of Clinton's first book.

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to order the 10th Anniversary Special Edition of Clinton’s first book.


TSB Author and Road to the Horse Wild Card Contestant Sean Patrick Offers a FREE Clinic on August 3, 2013!

TSB author Sean Patrick and his Road to the Horse Wild Card colt Joker.

TSB author Sean Patrick and his Road to the Horse Wild Card colt Joker.

In March of 2013, Sean Patrick, author of THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE BOOK and DVD was chosen as a Wild Card Contestant in the Road to the Horse colt-starting competition. Sean took home an untouched Quarter Horse range colt named Remember Pick, with a year for the two to work together before returning to Kentucky in 2014 to show off what they’d taught each other.

“Since I drew the joker card during the event, I was able to pick from the remuda,” says Sean. “My wife Alisha’s words rang in my ears…’Number 6 is the one I’d go with.’ ‘Joker’ and I have been best buds since…We are having a blast!”

If you are anywhere near Florida, there’s a great upcoming opportunity to meet Sean and Joker when Sean and Alisha host a FREE “Balanced Riding” Clinic on August 3, 2013.

Join Sean at his fabulous training facility in New Smyrna, Florida, on August 3 for a FREE clinic!

Join Sean at his fabulous training facility in New Smyrna, Florida, on August 3 for a FREE clinic!

“We will set up two round pens and have the Balanced Rider machine to play with,” explains Sean. “The Balance Rider is non-motorized mechanical apparatus that responds to the balance–and imbalance of its rider. The barrel shaped seat, like the bare back of a horse, provides an effective means of learning to balance in the saddle.”

The first 12 riders who sign up for the FREE Balanced Riding Clinic can bring a horse along! All others are welcome to join on foot, take part in exercising on the Balance Rider machine, audit the equitation lessons, have a chance to win great door prizes, plus enjoy a nice lunch with the group.

“We want anyone interested in learning to be a more balanced rider to have a wonderful day at Pioneer Trail Reserve in New Smyrna Beach, Florida,” says Sean. “Everyone interested in attending, including auditors, should RSVP as soon as possible.”

RSVP for the FREE clinic by emailing


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Click image to order the complete Sean Patrick set!

THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE, called “a top-down, all-inclusive trip to the ultimate working, performance, or pleasure ride” by Dr. Robert Miller, the father of Imprint Training, is available from the TSB online bookstore.