Great Photos of Horses and TSB Authors–Happy Friday!

The Trafalgar Square Farm horses, enjoying the fields this past summer--we already miss those long days of sunshine and late evening rides!

The Trafalgar Square Farm horses, enjoying the fields this past summer–we already miss those long days of sunshine and late evening rides!

 

Sometimes, it feels good to just remember why we love horses. On this Friday, enjoy a few photos that capture why we all work so hard to have horses in our life and do right by them.

 

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–The TSB Staff

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TSB’s Top Three Things to Do with Your Horse as Summer Ends and Fall Begins

Color is coming to the VT hills...here Rob the Quarter Horse looks over the town of Woodstock.

Color is coming to the VT hills…here Rob the Quarter Horse looks over the town of Woodstock.

It’s official: kids are back in school and for those of us in the northern regions of the riding world, temperatures are dropping, horses are friskier in the morning, and jackets have once again become a necessity.

It was a great summer of riding though, right? Whether you’ve had a busy competition schedule or just lots of time on the trails, here are three ways you can spend some quality time with your horse while taking care of him, taking care of yourself, and taking a little breather in between seasons:

 

1 Take Care of Your Horse

The range of motion in your horse’s forelimbs becomes restricted when the muscles that are responsible for moving the front legs forward and backward accumulate tension and are unable to release. Releasing this tension allows the horse to step out further and leads to a more fluid and extended gait. At the end of a long riding season, you can release accumulated tension in your horse’s front end with these easy exercise from BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by Jim Masterson.

  • Stand at the horse’s left shoulder, facing forward.
  • Pick up the horse’s left foot.
  • Rest the horse’s ankle in your right hand and place your left hand on the horse’s knee.
  • Allow the horse to relax the leg and shoulder as much as he is able.
  • Slowly guide the leg down and back, straightening the leg and lowering the foot as you go.
  • Encourage the horse to rest in this position as long as he can by keeping your hand on the leg or foot.

 

2  Take Care of Yourself

Like our horses, after a summer of riding, we can actually experience limited mobility in our hips and excessive contractions in our adductor muscles. We can reverse the resulting “clothespin effect” with a simple yoga pose called Happy Baby from YOGA FOR EQUESTRIANS by Linda Benedik and Veronica Wirth.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Take a few breaths and feel your spine contact the floor. Exhale and bring your knees up toward your chest.
  • Extend your arms along the inside of your legs, taking hold of the arches of your feet with your hands. Open your knees and drop your thighs to the sides of your torso. Bring your shins perpendicular to the ground, the soles of your feet facing the sky.
  • As you exhale, feel your sacrum, shoulders, and knees drop down into the floor. Bring your attention to your hips; let them relax. Let go with each breath. Relax into this stretch and hold for at least four deep breaths.
  • Release your feet and slowly bring them back down to the floor.

 

3  Take a Little Breather

We don’t always need to climb on board our horses to spend quality time with them. Sometimes, just a quite hour hand-grazing can be the best team-building exercise there is. Another idea is trying your hand at Wild Agility, as Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club describes in THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK.

“Wild Agility is an enormously companionable thing to do,” she says. “Friends and I go off with our lunch in backpacks and with our dogs and horses—and just travel….These are golden times for us: The dogs, humans and horses all seem content as we move along with all the time in the world.”

All you need for Wild Agility is a halter and a lead rope, and an afternoon to “play.” Move across country at whatever speed suits you, playing with obstacles and challenges along the way: jump ditches, logs, and banks; weave through woods and trees; pass under low branches; cross streams, swim in lakes…you name it!

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook enjoys end of summer on Buster, her Morgan.

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook enjoys end of summer on Buster, her Morgan.

However you choose to spend the first weekend after the unofficial “end of summer,” we at TSB hope it is with your horse, and it brings both of you relaxation, friendship, and hope for the autumn ahead.

You can find all the books mentioned in this post, and many more, at the TSB online bookstore. CLICK HERE TO VISIT NOW.

Volunteers Introduce the Masterson Method to US Veterans in the Horses Helping Heroes Project

Click the image to find out how you can support the Horses Helping Heroes Project.

Click the image to find out how you can support the Horses Helping Heroes Project.

While the therapeutic value of horses has been recognized for centuries, their wide scale use as a therapeutic tool for veterans with special needs and disabilities is relatively recent.

In 2006, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in conjunction with the Army’s Caisson Platoon, implemented a pilot program using equine-assisted therapy for soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans in this program were seen to improve in areas of balance, muscle strength, posture, self-esteem, and self-confidence. This successful pilot program served as the catalyst for the development of the HORSES HELPING HEROES PROJECT in Smithfield, Virginia.

The HORSES HELPING HEROES PROJECT is based at private facility that is a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) member center, bringing together a team of skilled horses, PATH-certified instructors, and a group of dedicated, fully-trained volunteers to teach the foundations of horsemanship, equine behavior, and horseback riding. Participating veterans are assigned a horse to work with over the course of a four- or eight-week session. During each class, the veterans learn more about their horses, have opportunities to bond with them, and are presented with challenging tasks to accomplish.

Horses Helping Heroes Project volunteers shared techniques from Jim Masterson's book with veterans at a recent clinic.

Horses Helping Heroes Project volunteers shared techniques from Jim Masterson’s book with veterans at a recent clinic.

TSB thinks the HHHP is a wonderful and important effort to help the men and women who bravely serve our country rediscover themselves through horses. We were thrilled to find out that Jim Masterson’s book BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE was being used as a teaching tool by HHHP volunteers, and we’d like to share a little about how the Masterson Method was recently introduced to veterans during an HHHP class, described in the following article (for information on how you can help support the HORSES HELPING HEROES PROJECT, see link at end of article):

THANK YOU! From the Horses Helping Heroes Project

It started out as a written request for permission to reproduce some copyrighted materials to give to our veterans after a class demonstration. The topic was Chapter 4, the Bladder Meridian Technique from Jim Masterson’s book Beyond Horse Massage. It turned into a generous gift from Trafalgar Square Books, 10 copies of Mr. Masterson’s book so each of our veterans could have their own!

The demonstration was conducted by a volunteer with the the Horses Helping Heroes Project (HHHP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to veterans with special needs and disabilities. The volunteer had been successfully applying the techniques found in the book on her own horse and agreed to give a presentation as part of the HHHP class lecture series. Seven eager veterans along with a contingent of volunteers practiced “air gap” pressure on their own arms and even got to pet a raw egg yolk to understand just how little pressure is needed to help relieve tension in a horse. The trick is using just enough pressure to work on areas holding tension without setting off a defensive response. Our airmen like to refer to it as “flying under the radar.”

Pooter, a Morgan mare, was then brought out for a live demonstration. Little did we know just how much tension she was storing! As the hand slowly followed the Bladder Meridian there was much quivering of the whiskers, twitching of the lips, blinking of the eyes, licking and chewing. Slowly her head dropped a little, then a little more and finally she cocked one of her hind legs. We could almost hear her say “Ahhhh that feels soooooo good!”

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Next there was hands-on time for the veterans with other horses. The veterans met with equal success; everyone was feeling good! Just as horses have “real” names and “barn” names so does the Bladder Meridian Technique. We call it “Magic Fingers” and it is now offered as an activity with each class.

The mission of HHHP is to empower military and first-responder veterans to face the challenges of mental, emotional and physical wounds and to assist them in creating active, healthier and more fulfilling lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Thank you Trafalagar Square Books for helping us meet that goal.

To learn more about the Horses Helping Heroes Project please visit our website www.horseshelpingheroesproject.com or visit us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheHHHP).

Great New Review of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold!

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Check out the new review of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by USET massage therapist Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold on the Great Books for Horse Lovers Blog:

BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE is a perfect stable stocking-stuffer for your international champion and your pasture potato, for your riding instructor’s school ponies and the adoptable horses at your local animal shelter,” writes reviewer Vanessa Wright. “It’s a gift of gentle healing, compassion, and the kindness of time shared.”

Read the complete review by clicking HERE.

BEYOND-MASSAGE-300You can still order BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE the BOOK and the DVD and get it in time for the holidays (note expedited shipping charges may apply)!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE BOOK & DVD SET NOW

 

Happy Shopping! Our Horse Books and DVDs Are ON SALE!

Whatever you want to call it—Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday—there’s no avoiding the fact the holiday shopping season kicks off this weekend. We hope you can all enjoy it just a little bit, whether you are standing in lines, sitting at your computer, or hitting “Order Now” on your phone from the back of your horse.

The TSB SITEWIDE SALE has begun! Now through Tuesday November 27th, get 15% off all books and DVDs at HorseandRiderBooks.com, excluding our sets and sale books, which are already discounted.

PLUS get FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US!

Check out our newest titles from Buck Brannaman, Janet Foy, Gerd Heuschmann, Paul Belasik, and Christian Schacht, plus our bestsellers from Clinton Anderson, Denny Emerson, Linda Tellington-Jones, Anne Kursinski, Lynn Palm, Jim Masterson, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Jane Savoie, Sally Swift, and many more. There are books for English and Western riders; beginner and advanced riders; reiners, jumpers, ropers, and dressage riders. You’ll find how-to, practical advice on everything from training techniques to horse health care, PLUS check out our all-new fiction series for young horse lovers!

Happy Shopping!

Come Find Trafalgar Square Books at Equine Affaire with Special Guest Cindy Meehl, Director of BUCK and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN

The Trafalgar Square Books crew is headed to Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts! Equine Affaire, North America’s premiere equine exposition, will be held at the Eastern States Exposition from November 8 through November 11, 2012. This year’s event features acres of fabulous shopping and exciting presentations from some of the top riders, trainers, and clinicians in the world, including popular TSB authors Lynn Palm, Geoff Teall, and Jim Masterson.

Be sure to come find the TSB booth #846/847 in the Better Living Center, where we’ll have books and DVDs from all our top authors at great prices—the more you buy, the more you save! Plus, throughout the event we’ll be featuring the all-new and unbelievably fabulous 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series! You’ll have your chance to purchase the complete set of seven discs AND meet our special guest, Cindy Meehl, director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and 7 CLINICS. Cindy will be at the TSB booth, answering questions and autographing DVDs the following days/times:

Thursday: 3:00 pm

Friday: 12:45 pm and 4:00 pm

Saturday: 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm

Sunday: 1:45 pm

We’ll have BUCK tote bags and buttons; autographed Songs from 7 Clinics CDs from the amazing singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson whose music is featured in the 7 CLINICS DVD series; plus we’ll be selling a limited supply of the SunBody “Reata” hat made famous in the hit movie BUCK.

Don’t forget to visit each day and sign up for our daily raffle—that’s right, there will be a new chance to win every day we’re at Equine Affaire! We’ll be giving away great prizes, including copies of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and our all new fiction series for young horse lovers CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED.

Keep up with news and events at Equine Affaire by finding us online and on-the-move!

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See you in Springfield!

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.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY OF BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE TODAY

Celebrate July Fourth with Four Books & DVDs for Every Kind of Horse Lover

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with our JULY FOURTH “FOURS”: four books and DVDs we recommend for riders, trainers, and horse lovers across the nation, and across equestrian disciplines.

FOUR BOOKS FOR HORSE LOVERS WHO’D RATHER NOT RIDE

The Horse Agility Handbook by Vanessa Bee

Horse Training In-Hand by Ellen Schuthof-Lesmeister & Kip Mistral

Trick Training for Horses by Bea Borelle with Gudrun Braun

Connect with Your Horse from the Ground Up by Peggy Cummings

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER PERFORMANCE HORSE

Horse Profiling by Kerry Thomas with Calvin Carter

Where Does My Horse Hurt? by Renee Tucker, DVM

Beyond Horse Massage by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold BOOK and DVD

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR THE WESTERN FAMILY

Tex by Dorie McCullough Lawson

Buck the Film from Cedar Creek Productions

The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke by Sean Patrick the BOOK and the 4-DISC DVD SET

FOUR BOOKS & DVDS FOR THE CONSCIENTIOUS DRESSAGE COMPETITOR

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage by Douglas Puterbaugh with Lance Wills

Meditation for Two by Dominique Barbier & Keron Psillas

Gallop to Freedom by Frederic Pignon & Magali Delgado

If Horses Could Speak DVD by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

All these titles, and more, are available at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

 

PLUS, stop by the TSB online bookstore to take advantage of our SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE, running July 3 through July 8, 2012, with special savings on select titles!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE

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.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY OF BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE TODAY

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!