Tag: Melinda Folse

  • Busting the Myth of the Perfect “Rider’s Body”

    MYTH: “If you don’t have a ‘rider’s body,’ you’ll never ride well, no matter what you do.” TRUTH: Regardless of how you’re built, riding well takes work and dedication. This is one of the big myths Melinda Folse, author of the bestselling SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES, makes sure she busts well and good […]

  • Is Stress Coming Between You and Your Horse?

    There are a lot of things these days that can making getting to the barn difficult, or even impossible. Hey, from experience, it even can happen when your barn is in your backyard! Work, kids, spouse, meals, extended family, friends, fitness, errands, household repairs and chores, appointments—you name it, they take time, and pretty soon […]

  • Is Barbie Built to Ride?

      It’s no secret that if the traditional Barbie doll was a real woman, she would be 5’9” and weigh 120 pounds, with approximate measurements of 38″-18″-34″. The average woman’s measurements, on the other hand, are about 41″-34″-43″. In the US, most little girls grow up with more than one Barbie doll, and again, it […]

  • “Does This Horse Make My Butt Look Big?” Battling Body Image in the Barn and in the Saddle

      TSB author Melinda Folse has counted on horses as a touchstone since she was a little girl. “I’ve been hopelessly in love with horses all my life,” she says. “I inherited this mutant gene from my dad, who is similarly afflicted. What time I didn’t spend dreaming about, learning to draw, and reading about […]

  • A Look Back at Horse Books in 2015

      Each year, as we flip the last pages of December in anticipation for the beginning of January, we at TSB take some time to pause and consider the books we published over the past months. Not only does this process provide an important review of content in preparation for future titles, it also gets […]

  • Is There Such a Thing as the “Perfect Riding Body”?

    I remember the first time I read the description of the ideal body for riding horses—it said something about long legs and a short waist, and may have specified “slender”—and how I immediately analyzed my own physical attributes to determine whether or not I qualified as perfectly formed for my chosen pursuit. I failed in […]

  • “Instead” Horsemanship

      QUICK! Take this short quiz: 1  Do you often hear yourself saying: “My best riding years are behind me,” or “I missed my chance to ride with so-and-so,” or “My life led me away from horses”? 2  When it comes to horses and riding, do you define yourself more by what you aren’t anymore, […]

  • Great Photos of Horses and TSB Authors–Happy Friday!

      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.     –The TSB Staff www.horseandriderbooks.com

  • Teskey’s Is One Heck of a Way to Spend a Morning! And Then, from Weatherford to Wellington…

    We got to Teskey’s just past the eight o’clock hour…the doors were open but the parking lot had yet to be filled with customers. And yes, it is all everyone promised it would be: more Western saddles in more colors, shapes, styles, and patterns than I’ve ever seen under one roof. Not to mention the […]

  • Ft. Worth Night One: Well, the Haunted Room Is Right Down the Hall…

    We arrived in Dallas/Ft. Worth today and had the distinct pleasure of checking out the Ft. Worth Stockyards and checking in to the legendary Stockyards Hotel, which once housed THE Bonnie and Clyde. The Stockyards Hotel, open since 1907, is beautiful, well furnished, and we enjoyed both a belly-up to the bar astride saddles and […]