Be Like Black Beauty: Never Forget Your Mother’s Advice

TSB Mothers Day


We never forget our mothers’ advice…

Thank you to all the mothers out there who read us horse stories,

held ponies in the dust, heat, chill, and rain,

and still remind us to lift our feet up when we trot.

Happy Mother’s Day from Trafalgar Square Books.

Photo of mare and foal by Keron Psillas. Keron’s photographs are featured in the books THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS and MEDITATION FOR TWO, published by Trafalgar Square Books. See more of Keron’s fantastic work at

MEDITATION FOR TWO Featured in Tribuna Equestre’s “Masters Series”

Tribuna Equestre is an online television channel dedicated to all things equestrian in South America. The “Masters Series” features prominent riding masters, including Dominique Barbier, who co-authored MEDITATION FOR TWO with photographer and writer Keron Psillas. The episode featuring Dominique Barbier was filmed in Cotia, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. You can see the introductory interview with Dominique, where he discusses his passion for keeping equestrian art alive and promoting nonviolent methods of training dressage horses throughout the world, as well as his book MEDITATION FOR TWO, in the video clip below (the interview begins about two minutes in and is subtitled).

Keron was so generous as to share some of the wonderful photos she captured during their day filming the episode. “We always have fun playing in the shadows at the end of the day!” she says. Watch for Keron’s article on revered dressage master Luis Valenca in the September 2012 issue of Dressage Today magazine, which hits newstands in early August.

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MEDITATION FOR TWO is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


Equisearch Review Says MEDITATION FOR TWO Would Make a Lovely Christmas Gift–For a Friend or YOURSELF! recommended TSB book MEDITATION FOR TWO in its Horse Journal review this week.

Check out Horse Journal Editor-in-Chief Cindy Foley’s review of MEDITATION FOR TWO by Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas on this week!

“I finished [the book] with a renewed sense of partnership with my horse,” writes Cindy. “I learned that [my horse] and I are exactly the same! I felt a deeper understanding into what it must be like from her perspective, and I felt a stronger connection—one that I was able to take into the saddle the very next day…If you’re searching for answers and can’t get them from the equitation and training lessons we’ve all had drilled into us, or if you have a particularly challenging horse and are open to new approaches, you might find an answer in this book.”

Order MEDITATION FOR TWO from by December 18 and you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Order MEDITATION FOR TWO from the TSB online bookstore before midnight, December 18, and you can still have it shipped for FREE in the continental US and get it in time for Christmas! Plus, get 15% off your entire order now through the holidays! CLICK HERE TO ORDER MEDITATION FOR TWO NOW.

Click HERE to read the full review on

Horses Are HOT Right Now–Here Are Five Books to Help You Cash In on the Trend

According to my October issue of Boston Magazine, horses are HOT in home design. “Equine imagery appeals to the untamed beast in all of us,” says the monthly mag.

The October issue of Boston Magazine says horses are HOT right now.

So how can you cash in on the equestrian trend without spending a lotta dough?

You can add just the right touch of “horseyness” to your abode, while keeping your checking account intact, with an equine-themed book or two, prominently positioned on an end table, coffee table, or bookshelf. And here are five affordable options that will help you say different things about your equestrian interests while melding in easily with your current decor:


Have you seen the cover of this book? Who doesn’t want a cute guy in tight pants riding a team of white horses through their living room? (See our earlier post comparing Lorenzo to Brad Pitt HERE.) The pictures inside this book are stunning, and the story of this French stunt rider is biographical in nature, and certain to interest the most casual reader, as well as the studied horseman.


Poems, prose, and “deep thoughts” about the relationship between man (or woman) and horse, beautifully accented by the stunning photography. This book perfectly walks the line between dramatic coffee-table book and philosophical fireside reading.

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A kid’s picture book, yes, but charming as all get-out. Full of authentic photographs of the American West, and the boot-stomping explorations of one very serious little cowboy, this book says, “I like children. I like cowboys. I love our country and the great outdoors.” The cover will grab you–or whoever it is passing through your apartment.


Okay, so if you’re 24 this might not be the choice for you. But any older than that, and especially if you’re one of those grown-up-girls who used to be a horse-crazy little girl…but never quite got the horse….this is the self-help, make time, make-it-happen, you-can-do-it guide to one day seeing your horse dreams become reality. Even if it can’t be right now, this book will help you plan for when it can. And, it is a far more intriguing choice for the end table than the usual diet-relationship-money-making bestseller-list fare.


Didn’t you know, everyone’s talking about this book! Denny Emerson lays it all out for you with the character traits he knows make the difference between being a “wannabe” and a “gonnabe.” Yeah, all the examples are horse-specific, and success stories are for the most part those of top riders, but the really cool thing about this book is that Denny’s advice translates seamlessly to the rest of your life. Trust me. I read it. And I reevaluated a whole lotta “stuff” after I did, which led to changes that I believe will bring me success. FYI, I don’t own a horse right now, so we’re talking general application here.

Don’t miss out on the equestrian fad–it’s too fun to be part of it, and horses are too fascinating to not take a closer look, even for a little while.

You can find all of the books mentioned above at the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Stop By the Trafalgar Square Books Booth at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 10-13, 2011

Trafalgar Square Books will be on-hand at this year’s Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts. We have a booth in the Better Living Center–come find us at stand #843-844–and we’ll be there all four days of the event. Not only will we have our bestselling books and DVDs available, we’ll also have our newest releases and hottest new items for sale at special show-only discounts.

Stop by and you’ll find books and DVDs to suit you, or your favorite horse-crazy person, whatever your favorite breed or equestrian discipline. We’ll have our new release RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze, as well as her two new DVD programs and the perennial bestseller BALANCE IN MOVEMENT. The United States Team Roping Championships endorsed our new book TEAM ROPING 101, which features all you need to know to get started in the sport, including tips from top team ropers Rickey Green and Speed Williams. Plus, you can find copies of our completely charming children’s book TEX, signed by the author and the perfect gift for your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl this holiday season. (Have you seen the video for TEX? If not, check it out HERE.)

We’ve got practical, how-to texts WHERE DOES MY HORSE HURT and BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE, both spiral-bound and great for using at the barn. Not to mention THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, as you’ve no doubt seen featured in EQUUS, HORSE & RIDER, and COWGIRL MAGAZINE this fall. And if you’re looking for the show-stopping gift-book for the horseman-at-heart, Dominique Barbier’s MEDITATION FOR TWO is sure to provide both reading pleasure and riding inspiration.

In addition, the TSB booth will host book signings with top riders and EA presenters, offering you the chance to meet your riding mentor or idol!

We’ll have Anne Kursinski, EA presenter and author of ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING AND JUMPING CLINIC, on Thursday, November 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Denny Emerson, eventer and author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Jim Wofford, EA presenter and author of CROSS-COUNTRY WITH JIM WOFFORD on Saturday, November 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, November 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Don’t miss our sale bins and special discounts for Equine Affaire…it will all be waiting for you at the TSB booth in the Better Living Center at EA in Massachusetts. See you there!