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The sun is high, the nights are warm, the days are long…yes, summer is here! We have trail rides and pony camps and misty mornings in the ring to look forward to…what could be better?

How about a few good books to read in the hammock or at the barn between lessons? In celebration of July 4th, all our new releases at www.horseandriderbooks.com are on sale, as well as our extensive backlist of over 400 books and DVDs! Our “Happy 4th, Happy Horse” Sale runs now through Sunday, July 8th. Use coupon code 4THHORSE at checkout and enjoy 20% savings, as well as FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the USA.

What do we have that’s new?

In the Middle Are the Horsemen-horseandriderbooksHave you heard about IN THE MIDDLE ARE THE HORSEMEN by Tik Maynard yet? This is THE hot memoir of the summer, which horseman Mark Rashid calls “a great read,” and Pat Parelli says “will inspire generations to come and contribute to making a better world for horses and the people who love them.” “This is an insightful book about the journey to acquire knowledge and then use that knowledge to help others, human and horse,” says Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor. “It’s a joy to read.”

Find out for yourself! CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Horses in TranslationTSB also just released the much anticipated follow-up to the international bestseller HORSE SPEAK: THE EQUINE-HUMAN TRANSLATION GUIDE. In Sharon Wilsie’s new book HORSES IN TRANSLATION, she further explores her concepts of using body language to communicate with the horse, and shares real-life stories of the horses and humans that have been helped through Horse Speak, helping readers see how it can apply to their own lives.

Says one reader about HORSES IN TRANSLATION: “We all know what it’s like. You get a book. You try a page or a few. When I am beside myself with joy over a book, I find myself picking it up, gorging on a page or two, and putting it down because I can hardly contain myself. This is that rare book.”

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Check out our other exciting new releases, including new books from CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN, JEC BALLOU, EITAN BETH-HALACHMY, and CHRISTOPH HESS, by clicking HERE and don’t forget to use coupon code 4THHORSE at checkout and enjoy 20% savings, as well as FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the USA!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July,

The TSB Staff

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

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For the next few weeks I will be posting from New Mexico, where I am visiting family and thoroughly enjoying the kind of dry heat that evaporates all signs of perspiration in a matter of moments. Unfortunately, this same “antiperspirant”-type heat has contributed to what is now the largest wild fire in New Mexico’s history.

We spent yesterday, the Fourth and our nation’s 235th “birthday,” in Jemez Springs, just south of Los Alamos and the parts of the Jemez Mountains that have been ravaged by the Las Conchas Wild Fire–which although now over 25% contained, still burns on after consuming almost 104,000 acres. The celebration featured a parade, a band, the mayor and a state senator, but there was no BBQ, there were no fireworks planned, and this year, there were no horses.

The absence of horses from the parade may not have been directly related to the fire that still sits close enough to Jemez Springs to fill the Jemez River valley with smoke, clouding the usually stunning view of the striated red mountains and turning the late afternoon sun and early evening moon an eery red. However, Los Alamos residents, evacuated last week, moved their horses to several farms and equestrian centers in Santa Fe (where I understand local Pony Clubbers are helping care for them–hurray!). And although residents are now being allowed to return to Los Alamos, heavy smoke and damaged property will no doubt delay the return of their animals.

Smoke from the massive wild fire in the Jemez Mountains casts a shadow across the Caldera (photo by Eric Draper/Reuters).

I pointedly remember our trip last year to Jemez Springs, and a day trip to the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos. It was breathtaking, and as I viewed the vast expanse of grassland, dramatically patterned with massive shadows as the clouds traveled quickly across the sun, all I could think about was riding…if ever a piece of land begged for a gallop, that one did. It spooks me to find a different sort of shadow cast across it in this image by Eric Draper for Reuters.

–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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