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We all crave that special connection with our horses.

We all crave that special connection with our horses.

 

We all crave “connection” with our horses—you know, that special “something” that made The Black follow Alec Ramsay off the island and swim out to the ship that would “rescue” them both from the lonely beach that had borne their friendship. Perhaps you spend hours trailing your horse around his pasture. Maybe at night you fluff up the shavings in the back of the stall and make a pillow for your head (you figure you need to be up early to feed anyway).

Our best horsemen give us some rather more practical tools that really can help us attain this dream. And how do you know when you’ve done it? Here are 5 ways TSB authors say you can tell you’ve truly connected with your horse.

 

1  It takes the slightest shift of your weight in the saddle, or the most subtle variation of thought to get your horse to move his hind feet wherever you want them. 

In the DVD series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN we see the very best example of this, demonstrated by Buck in front of a group of clinic attendees. “It’s not about training a horse,” says Buck. “It’s about getting a horse with you. It’s about becoming one mind and one body.”

 

2  You can ride “by the tips of your fingers.”

In THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS, authors Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis say that when true “lightness” is achieved, the horse moves as if on his own, without the rider interfering. “I use the idea of holding the reins only with the ‘tips of the fingers’ because it makes it impossible for the rider to be strong, to pull, or to force,” they write. “Holding the reins, like they are ‘dirty,’ like something we do not want to touch…The reins should be something we don’t want to touch unless we have to….If we ride the horse lightly, he will be light with us—as light as we want him.”

 

3  You can just “be still” around each other.

In her new book 3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP, author Vanessa Bee says,”Horses seek quiet thoughtful people…Most of us are so busy planning the future we don’t give the horse our undivided attention…Just ‘being’ with a horse can be very relaxing and enjoyable.”

 

4  When you walk away, your horse follows you.

In the wonderful introduction to natural horsemanship for kids HOW TO SPEAK HORSE, authors Andrea and Markus Eschbach explain that through basic groundwork, you can teach your horse to understand that when your back turns toward him, it means you want him to follow you. “When the horse chooses to come to you at your invitation,” they say,”he has accepted you as his leader…You will realize how much fun it is to play with and train your horse as the invisible connection of your partnership becomes stronger and stronger.”

 

5  You sense how your horse is feeling—you just “know” what he needs or wants.

In BUILDING A LIFE TOGETHER—YOU AND YOUR HORSE, Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado talk about how in the company of horses, we learn to listen to our intuition because our intellect and human experience do not always supply the answers. “When Templado [the famous white stallion, seen by millions of people in the hit show Cavalia] was near the end of his life, Magali and I both had the strongest feeling on the same evening that we should bring him home,” says Frederic. “As soon as he got into his stall, he began to recover his energy and his love of life. I know we were right in what we did.”

 

Find books and DVDs with the best ways to find the connection you want with your horse at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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My Horse My Friend“…It is essential to establish trust with a horse if force is to be eliminated and cooperation gained,” writes reviewer Mary Daniels in the November 2013 issue of Dressage Today Magazine. “Well [MY HORSE, MY FRIEND] is where that begins, with the next generation…there is a great deal included in the few pages of this book, which I strongly recommend as a gift for a young person in your life whose interest in horses is awakening.”

You can read the complete review in the November issue of Dressage Today, which is on newsstands October 22.

MY HORSE, MY FRIEND is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Already pre-thinking about the beating the pre-holiday rush? TSB has other great titles for youngsters who love to ride, want to ride, or just always choose horses over everything else. Check out these popular books, some of which are ON SALE this fall!

 

HowtoSpeakHorseHOW TO SPEAK HORSE (Ages 6 to 9)

Natural horsemanship for kids, with a focus on groundwork that is safe and fun for children.

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Tex Final Front

TEX (Ages 2 to 5)

“This introduction to working ranch life will captivate and inform young readers. It also paves the way for valuing jobs well done.” –Horses All

“If you have a kid who is a little bit Western, or a little bit horsey, this book is for you. Recommended as the best kid’s Christmas gift!” –Horse Radio Network

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CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED (Ages 10 and Up)

*A selection of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club

“With a myriad of horse facts written into the story, adolescent readers will find these books not only entertaining but educational as well.” –Equine Journal

“These are special books…engaging in their action, authentic in their detail, and firs-rate in their direct appeal to the reader’s emotions.” –Maine Sunday Telegraph

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The 2013 Equitana in Essen, Germany, features many TSB authors.

The 2013 Equitana in Essen, Germany, features many TSB authors.

The 2013 Equitana Equestrian Sports World Fair kicks off March 16th and runs through the 24th in Essen, Germany. This premiere equine event features some of the leading names in equestrian sport and entertainment in the world, including top trainers, riders, and performers.

Trafalgar Square Books is proud to have many authors participating in this year’s event. Featured clinicians and speakers include:

TSB authors Ingrid Klimke and Linda Tellington-Jones are both featured clinicians/speakers at Equitana.

TSB authors Ingrid Klimke and Linda Tellington-Jones are both featured clinicians/speakers at Equitana.

LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES author of the new book DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL, as well as over a dozen other books and DVDs.

KLAUS BALKENHOL former coach of the US Dressage Team and the subject of the biography KLAUS BALKENHOL: THE MAN AND HIS TRAINING METHODS.

INGRID KLIMKE creator of the DVD series BASIC TRAINING FOR RIDING HORSES.

ANDREA & MARKUS ESCHBACH authors of the bestselling HOW TO SPEAK HORSE and RIDING FREE.

ECKART MEYNERS author of RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN and creator of the DVD MOVEMENT AWARENESS FOR RIDERS.

BRITTA SCHOFFMANN author of DRESSAGE SCHOOL and KLAUS BALKENHOL: THE MAN AND HIS TRAINING METHODS.

RICHARD HINRICHS creator of the DVDs, SCHOOLING HORSES IN-HAND and MOTIVATION OF DRESSAGE HORSES.

TSB author Frederic Pignon stars in this year's Hop Top performance at Equitana.

TSB author Frederic Pignon stars in this year’s Hop Top performance at Equitana.

Plus, bestselling author FREDERIC PIGNON (coauthor with his wife Magali Delgado of GALLOP TO FREEDOM) and the famous roman-riding LORENZO, subject of the biography LORENZO: THE FLYING FRENCHMAN, star in annual Equitana Hop Top Show Festivallo. Check it out:

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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.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER HOW TO SPEAK HORSE

CLICK HERE TO ORDER CROWN PRINCE AND CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

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