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.


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.”


A Look Back at the Best Horse Books and DVDs of 2011

Last year I drafted a similar retrospective of the year’s accomplishments in print, and I remember at that time feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of titles Trafalgar Square Books had managed to release in 2010. This year I’m similarly impressed (albeit admittedly biased, seeing as I’m heavily involved in the production of our list!), and perhaps even a little prouder, as I do honestly believe 2011 saw some of our best content, by our best authors, come to life in very exciting ways.

In case you missed them, here is a look back at TSB’s year in books and DVDs—there’s a little something here for everyone! All our books and DVDs are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE!

February 2011

CONNECT WITH YOUR HORSE FROM THE GROUND UP by Peggy Cummings with Bobbie Jo Liebermann

Peggy really does have a very different way of handling and working the horse from the ground that can have a significant impact on his way of going under saddle. The before-and-after case studies featured in the book are astounding proof of just how much good her work can do.

March 2011


I don’t know that I can find sufficient words to describe the value of this fantastic book. Denny’s brilliant, no-nonsense advice is what we all wish we had when we were just starting our competitive riding careers. For some, his book will jumpstart a faltering riding habit. For others, his writing will inspire true dedication to the sport they love. Whoever you are, whatever your state of equestrian latency or possibility, this book is the Magic Mirror sure to tell you whether you really are giving it all you’ve got. And, Denny’s truths are easily applied to more than just riding and horsemanship.

April 2011


A special new edition of Jane’s phenomenal CROSS-TRAIN YOUR HORSE and MORE CROSS-TRAINING, which are no longer in print. The only book you need on dressage basics and flatwork, whatever your equestrian discipline.

May 2011


Spiral-bound, fabulously illustrated, Dr. Tucker’s guide to 27 body checkups YOU can do to determine if your horse hurts, where he hurts, and whether you need to call the veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, or saddle-fitting expert is one of the most useful books I’ve seen in my years at TSB. You can do your horse a lot of good with this book.

June 2011


A terrific kids’ starter book, offering a guide to cultivating a gentle awareness when handling and riding horses through world-renowned bahaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones’ TTouch and TTEAM methods. Absolutely fantasic photos in this book.

TEAM ROPING 101 by Kayla Starnes

Endorsed by the USTRC and featuring tips from champion ropers Speed Williams, Rickey Green, and horse trainer Clinton Anderson, this book has all you need to get started in this fast-growing, family friendly sport.

July 2011


People always say they can come back to horses, and when women hit 40, or around there, give or take, it seems they are finally finding the time to invest their money wisely…in a horse of their own. Melinda’s bestselling book provides all the returnee or first-timer needs to find her way to the barn at last, with lots of laughs along the way. Melinda’s book is a huge e-book seller (available in both Kindle and ePub formats via Amazon.com and ebooks.com).

September 2011

RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze

Susanne made a name for herself with her terrific bestselling book and DVD BALANCE IN MOVEMENT. Now she’s back in a big way, with this new book, the DVD by the same name, as well as BALANCE IN MOVEMENT 2 on DVD. Susanne presented at the USDF Symposium in San Diego at the end of 2011.


This book is about REAL rider fitness—this isn’t some generic workout packaged to look equestrian-specific. The exercises are deceptively easy, and hugely rewarding when it comes to improving your ability to ride well and communicate with your horse in an accurate and efficient manner he can understand.

October 2011

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson

A personal favorite, this completely adorable kids’ picture book brings the mystique of the cowboy and the hard-work-equals-good-work mentality to life for the under-five set. Authentic photos make it a crowd-pleaser, and the main character falling asleep at the end make it a parent-pleaser. You can’t go wrong with this one.

ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING & JUMPING CLINIC by Anne Kursinski with Miranda Lorraine

We’ve brought this great classic back in print, this time in paperback. Anne’s exercises on the flat and over fences, introductory and advanced, are beautifully spelled out. This book promises to be used well, and used often.

November 2011

MEDITATION FOR TWO by Dominique Barbier with Keron Psillas

A lovely book—gorgeous photos and deep thoughts for the thinking rider. Certain to appeal to the dressage rider, the classicist, or the city-dwelling horse lover with a nice coffee table and a little time for reading on quiet evenings…

RIDING FREE by Andrea and Markus Eschbach

As proponents for riding horses with minimal tack, Andrea and Markus do a marvelous job explaining how to prepare your horse with proper training so you can ride him safely without a bit, without a bridle, without a saddle, or even without all three! Inspiring reading with practical applications for those who dream of being with their horse in as natural a way as possible.

BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold

Jim’s groundbreaking Masterson Method, now explained in this spiral-bound book and the DVD by the same name, has people talking. The pictures of the horses he’s worked say it all–they are obviously more comfortable after he has worked on them. Now, he tells you how YOU can give your horse the same level of comfort and release he can.

December 2011


This introduction to this exciting new horse sport is by the founder of the International Horse Agility Club. You may have seen the recent excerpt in EQUUS Magazine—we are all really looking forward to seeing Horse Agility take off as a super-fun alternative to riding competitions!


A terrifically useful resource with over 10,000 common words and phrases.

Here’s to a great year ahead, with dreams chased and dreams fulfilled, in horses and in life.

–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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.