Meet Rebs, a Blue-Eyed Gentleman Looking for the Right Home

It’s #AdoptAHorseMonth and TSB is proud to be celebrating equine adoption alongside our fellow Partners of the ASPCA’s Right Horse. 

TSB has partnered with the ASPCA®’s Right Horse Initiative to establish Right Horses, Bright Futures—a program to help secure new beginnings for very special horses in need of new homes. TSB sponsors each “Right Horses, Bright Futures Horse” until he or she is adopted, offering scholarships to cover care and public updates to our readers and followers in an effort to help locate the right person or family for each equine in transition. Our sponsorship focuses on spotlighting longer-term equine residents or horses with additional needs.


Our fourth RHBF horse is from Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio. Rebs is a 15-hand American Quarter Horse. He is 16 years young and complete gentleman! He gets along with others and doesn’t mind if he is stalled or out in the pasture. Rebs does have the beginning signs of DLSD (dropped right fetlock) so he is best suited as a pasture buddy, but he moves sound and does not require any maintenance other than a fly mask to protect his beautiful blue eyes. If you meet this guy, you will love him!

Can Rebs find a bright future with you or someone you know? Click Here for more information about him.


We are so excited to share that our Right Horses, Bright Futures horse Biscuit has found her new family!

“I’ve had ‘Biscuit’ who has recently been renamed to ‘Sadie,’ for a little over two weeks now,” says her adopter. “She’s been doing great! She’s still a little spooky around my other mare and farm animals, but she’s getting more comfortable every day! Thank you guys so much for her.”

We wish Biscuit-Sadie a wonderful new life with her person!

You can read more about all our RHBF horses on the TSB website. Click Here for their stories.


All this month the ASPCA’s Right Horse is collecting adoption stories to help inspire the horse-loving community to consider adopting a horse of their own. This month, the first 20 adopters to submit a 100-word adoption story will receive a prize pack. If you’ve adopted from The Right Horse, we encourage you to share your experience by submitting your story here: 

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

“I hear her in my mind when I ride!” A Tribute to Jane Savoie from Lynn Palm

Jane Savoie, Lynn Palm, and Rugged Painted Lark. Photo by Rhett Savoie

One of our favorite things at TSB is when our amazing and inspiring authors connect. What better than to see the people we know, admire, learn from, and care about find common ground in their love for the horse? That’s what happened with our friend and author, Jane Savoie, who we lost to cancer in January this year, and our friend and author Lynn Palm. They appreciated and learned from each other over many years as they both wrote several books, taught thousands of people, and strove to teach riders how to be the equestrians they want to be–whether just riding at home or competing at the highest levels.

Lynn wrote this moving tribute to Jane, and we asked if we might share it with you:

We will all miss the spirit, talent, teaching ability, inspiration, honesty, and passion for horses that was Jane Savoie. 

I first met Jane on the phone, and I was so impressed with her positive energy. An international “queen” of dressage (though she never acted like it), she reached out to interview me on classical training for a series of cross-training books she was writing. [Editors Note: These would later be bound together in what is today JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101.] Jane had learned that I did hunters, Western riding, and driving (to produce “All-Around” horses) with my Quarter Horses. She was the first in the dressage world to recognize the I was using dressage training with my horses. She sent me her first book to read: THAT WINNING FEELING!, and I read it before my next Quarter Horse Congress competition. I was amazed how I could turn every negative thought in my mind before competition into a positive. I succeeded more than I expected that year and became a Jane Savoie follower from then on! When she asked me to write the foreword for her first cross-training book, I was honored! 

As I collected all Jane’s books and always found new things to learn in them–for my horses or students or my own riding–I asked Jane to be a part of three events I created under the name Women Luv Horses. I hosted them in North Carolina, California, and Florida. I asked Jane, along with the top women trainers, competitors, and instructors in the dressage, reining, working cow horse, barrels, and English/Western All-Around disciplines to join me. Jane’s classes were always the best attended and always kept the audience mesmerized. Not only did Jane bring positive education to equine enthusiasts, she brought fun as she shared her passion of understanding the horse.

Photo by Rhett Savoie

I will always remember my lessons on tempi changes with Jane as we prepared my Rugged Painted Lark for his bridleless exhibitions at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. She could articulate her teaching so that it was easy to understand, and she could always come up with an exercise to improve a goal. I remember that straightness of the forehand gives the perfect balance I needed for the tempi changes to be more consistent. I hear her in my mind many times when I ride!

We will all miss Jane. I know that she will continue to ride with all the thousands of people who followed her, as I know she rides with me nearly every day.

Love you Jane. Thanks for all you have done for people and horses!

Lynn Palm


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

“His Confidence Was a Bit Like Porcelain: Easy to Crack.” Jonathan Field and His Horse Hal to Perform at Breyerfest 2019


Are you packed and ready to head to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of BreyerFest? That’s right, July 12-14, 2019, marks 30 years that Breyer Animal Creations has brought to life a fabulous family festival that combines the excitement of a real horse fair with model horse activities, and this year, TSB author Jonathan Field is a featured performer, along with his wonderful horse Hal. Hal, who was one of the equine stars in Jonathan’s glorious  book THE ART OF LIBERTY TRAINING FOR HORSES, is coming out of retirement and making the trip to this year’s Breyerfest for a very special reason: He now has his very own Breyer model! A very limited supply of the Hal model will be available for sale at BreyerFest.


Hal Breyer model available at BreyerFest 2019. Limited quantities so hurry! Hal model imagery courtesy of Breyer Animal Creations.

Here is Hal’s story as Jonathan told it in THE ART OF LIBERTY TRAINING FOR HORSES:


“Hal’s my number one horse, and my best horse friend. We have been through a lot together, learned a lot together, traveled thousands of miles, and quite frankly, I owe a lot of my career to Hal.  

“A Quarter Horse gelding, Hal was given to me when he was three years old. For many reasons, he had been running into problems with training, and was subsequently bought back by his breeder. After returning home, he tried to pin his owner in his stall and threatened to kick her. He bucked when ridden and was always getting into mischief. Hal is a horse that if you don’t come up with something for him to do, he will happily come up with something of his own. And, it’s likely to be troublesome. 

“So Hal came to me to be restarted. After about a month in training, his owner came to watch me with him. After our session, she approached me with tears in her eyes. I thought I had let her down, but they were tears of happiness. She went on to tell me how much Hal had meant to her from the time she raised him. He held a very special place in her heart and she named him after her dad’s initials. The tears came because she was so elated to see Hal look as happy with a person as he had with his dam. I was taken aback, and very glad my customer’s tears were good tears! 

“That day, I thought we were doing well because of my skill, but the reality was I was a young trainer, early in my career. Looking back, I wish I could take credit for Hal making such a change, but I think we were just a good personality match. He taught me more than I taught him. 

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“I was looking for a horse at the time and Hal’s owner was so pleased with what her horse and I had done together that she said she would love to see how far our partnership could go. So she offered Hal to me that day. I accepted, and promised to make her proud of what we would do together. 

“In a lot of ways, Hal and I hit it off right from the start. He was very sensitive, but also worried. He is a ‘thinking kind of horse.’ If he’s going to buck with you, it’s because he got scared first, then says, ‘I bet I could buck this guy off.’ It is more of a plan than a true prey animal flight reaction. 


Photo by Robin Duncan.

“In the beginning, it was like every little thing meant something too much to Hal. If he got confused or overwhelmed, he would lose confidence and want to flee. If he couldn’t run away, he would kick or buck. He took everything so personally. Even a simple thing, like how fast I approached to catch him, could put too much pressure on him. 

“Gradually, I learned that if I came toward him slowly and respectfully, he quietly waited with no problems. He was just a horse that was born wired sensitive. His confidence was a bit like porcelain: easy to crack. 

“To this day, I still see some of these attributes in Hal from time to time. Now, he is a star and has his own fan club. At the big expos and events where we perform, many people want to go to his stall and see him. Some of my horses eagerly await the attention, with their heads out of their stalls, waiting for a rub. Not Hal.  

“Then, the amazing thing is Hal and I go out to the arena at show time, and he fills the room with joy! As he gallops around looking right at the crowd, it looks like he is having the time of his life—and I believe that he is. 

“Early on, liberty was the best thing for Hal. It gave him the freedom to move and express himself, building his confidence in me and mine in him. As we started to gain some trust and communication, things changed. I began to have the benefits of a supersensitive horse, but with trust to build a partnership. It was then that my riding with him took off.”

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Photo by Robin Duncan.

Don’t miss your chance to get a limited edition model of Hal at the 2019 Breyerfest! And read more about Hal and Jonathan Field’s other horses, as well as learn his techniques for teaching a horse how to play with you at liberty in his book THE ART OF LIBERTY TRAINING FOR HORSES, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

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


Road to the Horse WildCard Sean Patrick Gives Cross-Training a Thumbs Up and Provides 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Horse’s Handling Time

TSB author Sean Patrick and his "WildCard" colt "Joker" are headed to the 2014 Road to the Horse competition.

TSB author Sean Patrick and his “WildCard” colt “Joker” are headed to the 2014 Road to the Horse competition.


The TSB crew has waited a full year to see how well Sean Patrick, horse trainer and author of THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE book and DVD set, and his “WildCard” colt “Joker” have progressed.

In March of 2013, eight “WildCard” trainers drew playing cards that decided the order in which they would each choose a three-year-old colt from the Road to the Horse 2013 AQHA Remuda from the 6666 Ranch. Sean was one of these trainers, and after drawing the “Joker,” he returned to his home facility in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with his chosen colt (appropriately dubbed “Joker”).

Sean had one  year to prepare for a test of horsemanship at this year’s Road to the Horse, which will take place March 13-16, in Lexington, Kentucky. If he and Joker win the WildCard competition on Thursday, March 13, then Sean will step into the arena with the other Road to the Horse stars and get a shot at the overall World Championship of Colt Starting title.

“Preparing Joker for the upcoming event confirms the need to cross-train our mounts,” says Sean. “Since the competition includes obstacle, rail work, reining patterns, fireworks, cattle and so forth…he must be ready for anything!”

Check out the amazing progress Sean and Joker have made together over the past year:



And in the spirit of preparing a horse to handle anything, here are some easy-to-use tips from Sean’s bestselling book THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE:


5 Ways to Increase Your Horse’s Handling Time

I like to increase handling time in a variety of ways.  I know that the more I interact with my horse, the more comfortable he will be with me and his surroundings.  Here are a few suggestions:


Take a horse “along for the ride” to a show, clinic, or new training facility.  Trainers do this on a regular basis just to introduce inexperienced horses to  new places, sights, and sounds.

Tie your horse while you are working around the barn or ranch, or finishing the chores. I often ask my horses to stand tied in a shady comfortable place while I do my busywork.  I want them to be relaxed enough to do this regularly and have it be part of their daily routine.

If you have more than one horse, tie one close to your riding arena or round pen, wherever you are training, while you work with the other.  This lets him absorb the commotion related to action in the ring that doesn’t involve him, and encourages confidence.

4  Plan a short workout and cooling-down period, tie a horse for a break as you work with another horse or finish chores, then return to your horse and work on something different—perhaps another riding session, some groundwork, or a bath.  Always remember to warm up and cool down, but there is no reason why you cannot lengthen the duration of saddle time with a break in the middle.

5  Lead or “pony” your horse down the trail.  Your horse gets exercised while learning to respond to halter pressure, see new sights, and behave in the company of another horse.


Modern-setSean’s bestselling book and DVD set are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.



A Horse-Friendly Holiday Tune! Check Out the DELIGHTFUL Video from Templeton Thompson

Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet new video.

Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet music video.


When I was a little girl with horses of my own at home, I’d wake up early on Christmas morning and heat hot water, chop carrots, and mix in bran, grain, and molasses for a warm and sweet holiday mash I knew my pals down in the cold barn would love. The smell was intoxicating. I’d load my pockets with apples and pieces of candy cane and carry the buckets across the frozen field to where my “herd” waited. Their nickers were audible long before I reached the door…they could hear my boots crunching through the snow.


Templeton's Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!

Templeton’s Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!


I miss those moments, some of the best holiday memories I have…and they always happened before presents, before cinnamon rolls and pastries and cookies and turkey-emblazoned feasts. It’s good to have a herd of your own, a little snow, and warm bran mash on cold dark mornings.

Templeton Thompson has captured this magic in her delightful “Happy Yee-Halidays” music video. Take a few minutes to check it out!


Templeton’s SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD is part of the TSB ULTIMATE BUCK GIFT PAK, which also includes BUCK the award-winning documentary, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, and a BUCK tote bag! Order yours by Tuesday, December 17, 2013, and you’ll get FREE SHIPPING in the US in time for Christmas!






–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

TSB Author Susan Tinder Talks About Returning to Her Roots at Quarter Horse Congress and Getting Reviewed by George Morris

QHCongress 2013

TSB author Susan Tinder will present a class based on her bestselling book JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress.


This weekend kicks off the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. Congress is the World’s Largest Single-Breed Horse Show, receiving more than 17,000 horse show entries during its three-week schedule and attracting more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area.

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce that Susan Tinder, author of the JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and owner of the premiere equestrian facility Tolland Falls in Colorado, is giving a class on designing practice courses on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.

Immediately following her presentation, you’ll have a chance to meet Susan, ask her questions, and buy her book, which has garnered rave reviews from esteemed publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse and Practical Horseman and top horsemen such as former US Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe George Morris and USEF “R” Judge Geoff Teall. The author meet-and-greet and book signing will take place at the Blue Ribbon Books booth in the Main Exhibit Hall around 3:00 p.m.

This special event at the All American Quarter Horse Congress holds particular meaning for Susan, who grew up in Columbus riding and showing Quarter Horses. We caught up with Susan before she heads to Ohio and asked her about her book, her presentation, and her history with the Quarter Horse breed (not to mention what it is like to have George Morris review your book!)


TSB: Your new book JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL has garnered rave reviews from publications such as Practical Horseman and The Chronicle of the Horse, as well as top professionals like Geoff Teall and even George Morris. What inspired you to write the book? Can you tell us a little about how it came to be?

ST: The book came about out of necessity, really. I was paying for a trainer’s time, and we spent most of it moving jumps around and setting up gymnastic exercises before I could begin my lesson. So, I decided to be proactive and set exercises up ahead of time.

Moving jump components around is hard physical work and especially hard when I had to move components multiple times because I was making up the course on the fly! It didn’t take long before I realized that I needed help gathering, moving, and adjusting the fences.  That’s when I knew I had to come up with a better way to communicate how I wanted the course to be set. I started researching course design and found that a book on the topic just didn’t exist, or it existed but it was for designing Grand Prix jumping courses (way out of my league!) Most books on jumping have parts that address course design issues and gymnastics, but I couldn’t find anything comprehensive or appropriate for my level of riding skill.

At first my design education was “trial and error” with professional oversight from my trainer, and I saved all the diagrams that I created in Powerpoint. The book started as a compilation of the course designs and gymnastics that I have set up for myself over the years. I have used most of the courses, and all the gymnastics, from the book in my own program, so I know they can be ridden by just about anybody.

I also found that designing and setting courses by myself was a great learning tool because I had to create the “questions” for the “test” of jumping the course. I was able to practice answering the questions and really work on the ones I was having a problem with through the use of the courses I designed.

I didn’t really start out with the intention of writing a book, but it kept getting longer and longer and I was encouraged by Eliza McGraw to forward the rough manuscript on to you (Trafalgar Square Books) to see if you had an interest in publishing it. And the rest, as they say, is history.


TSB: What was it like to hear that George Morris thought your book was “very correct” and that you did “an excellent job”? Have you ever met George or ridden with him?

ST: When you told me that you had sent an advanced copy of the book to George Morris, I felt sick, actually! But then, I figured that George Morris would never read something from a “nobody” like me or, at the very least, he would think it was just awful and not waste his time to say anything about it at all.

I was wrong. As Mr. Morris would say, “You know NOTHING!!”

Yes, I have met Mr. Morris. I have ridden in his clinics. I even fell off in one of his clinics and the photographer published the picture of it in a magazine! I have learned so much from his books, his articles, his videos, and his professional advice. I believe that he has contributed more to our sport than any other individual ever has. He can ride, he can teach, he can demonstrate, he can speak, and he can write. He will leave a great legacy to all of us involved with these wonderful creatures we call horses.

I wrote Mr. Morris a thank you note after he made his gracious comments about my book. I felt it was also an opportunity to tell him how positively he had impacted my riding career and to thank him for all he does for the sport. About a week later, I got a postcard from him, in his own handwriting, saying that “yes, he enjoyed reading my book and he thought that it would be good contribution to a lot of people.” I just stood at the mailbox in disbelief! I was so flattered—his personal note means so much to me—and who in this day and age has the kind of class to actually make the time to hand-write and address a note? I read it to all of my friends and clients at the barn. I plan to frame it and hang it in my office!


TSB author Susan Tinder on her Quarter Horse mare, Lady Biddersweet, back in the day!

TSB author Susan Tinder on her Quarter Horse mare, Lady Biddersweet, back in the day!

TSB: You are presenting at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. Can you tell us a little about your history with Quarter Horses and why this event is important to you, your discipline, and the Quarter Horse breed?

ST: I am originally from Columbus, Ohio, and showed horses throughout the state. I showed during my late teens and early twenties, and in my last year of showing on the circuit I won numerous national All-Around awards and ended the year as Reserve All-Around Amateur for the State of Ohio.

The last show I competed in before “retiring” and selling my mare Lady Biddersweet was at the 1982 All American Quarter Horse Congress. We built the first commercial exhibit booth for the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association in my parent’s garage, and I painted the logo of the foal with the tag line “Young and Growing” for the back wall of the booth. In the booth we displayed all of the old scrapbooks with articles about the association. I also worked in the All American Quarter Horse Congress press box for a couple of years.

In a way, lecturing at the Quarter Horse Congress is sort of coming back full circle for me. Columbus is home and that is where I started riding and got my first taste of what competition was all about.  It is where I learned the basics. But more than that, I see so many things that the Hunter/Jumper industry could learn from our Quarter Horse colleagues, especially how to create incentives for breeding and bringing along and marketing young horses. I also think that the philosophy of Youth Activity classes and judging teams could be a model for equestrian education across all disciplines.

And finally, this lecture is going to be special because I am lecturing on Saturday, October 12th.  This was my dad’s birthday and I know he would have been very proud.  I will also be able to share this with my 92-year-old mother who is planning on being in attendance to hear me speak.


TSB: What will you be presenting at Congress and what can people hope to learn from your talk and apply in their own arenas, at home or at their boarding/training facility?

ST: My 45-minute lecture is going to cover the material that TSB made me delete from the book because the manuscript was too long! It will address some of the common questions that I have been asked by people who have read the book and walk though the basics of what to plan for in designing a schooling course. I will then use one course setup to also create gymnastics and practice exercises.

The presentation will demonstrate how you only need about three or four jumps to accomplish your training goals. Following the Congress Presentation, the content of the class will be available on the Tolland Falls’ website at In addition, a book signing will immediately follow the presentation at the Blue Ribbon Books booth in the Commercial Exhibit Hall.


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?

ST: I don’t think the breed of horse would matter.  But I would want one that was calm, friendly, and an easy keeper! If I could choose one of my horses to be with me, I would probably choose my horse Rueben (a Westphalen). Rueben would stand beside me with his chin resting on my shoulder, drooling down my neck (he does this all of the time) and listen to me read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.


A three-year-old Susan on the first "horse" she remembers riding--she remembers him being a lot bigger!

A three-year-old Susan on the first “horse” she remembers riding–she remembers him being a lot bigger!

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

ST: I think I must have been around three years old and it was an old white farm horse. I was told I cried when I couldn’t take him home.


TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember falling off a horse.

ST: I gotta tell you, I have fallen off so many times that a better question would be if I remember the last time I fell off a horse?!!?


TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

ST: Acceptance and honesty.


TSB: What is the quality you most like in a horse?

ST: Acceptance, forgiveness, and honesty.


TSB: If you could do one thing on horseback that you haven’t yet done, what would it be?

ST: I think any day you can do something from the back of a horse, it’s a good day. I just hope I get to have many more of those days.


TSB: If you could have a conversation with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

ST: Bertalan deNemethy.


TSB: What is your motto?

ST: Aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you will still land in the stars.


What They’re Saying About JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL:


“I’ve spent time with JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and find it very correct. Author Susan Tinder did an excellent job putting together a useful collection of courses.” — George Morris, former Chef d’Equipe US Show Jumping Team


“Susan Tinder has put together a very thoughtful and thorough manual to help anyone in all aspects of course design. I find the sections designed to help people with their gymnastics and course design for training at home especially helpful — we all find ourselves getting a bit stale with our work at home, and this manual will help us come up with fresh ideas. I love that Ms. Tinder covers all aspects of course design, jump construction, and even storage and maintenance of jumps. I look forward to studying her book in more detail, and putting some of her ideas to use in my own training program.” –Geoff Teall, Trainer, Author, and USEF “R” Hunter and Hunter Equitation Licensed Judge


“An incredibly useful book…perfect for taking to the ring…perfect for anyone who does a lot of riding on her own or for the instructor who’s looking for some new ideas to spice up lessons.”  –The Chronicle of the Horse


“It would be wise to pick up a copy of JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL before you hurt your back moving standards for the umpteenth time.” –Practical Horseman


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Click image to order!

JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL is available from the TSB online bookstore.


TSB Author and Road to the Horse Wild Card Contestant Sean Patrick Offers a FREE Clinic on August 3, 2013!

TSB author Sean Patrick and his Road to the Horse Wild Card colt Joker.

TSB author Sean Patrick and his Road to the Horse Wild Card colt Joker.

In March of 2013, Sean Patrick, author of THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE BOOK and DVD was chosen as a Wild Card Contestant in the Road to the Horse colt-starting competition. Sean took home an untouched Quarter Horse range colt named Remember Pick, with a year for the two to work together before returning to Kentucky in 2014 to show off what they’d taught each other.

“Since I drew the joker card during the event, I was able to pick from the remuda,” says Sean. “My wife Alisha’s words rang in my ears…’Number 6 is the one I’d go with.’ ‘Joker’ and I have been best buds since…We are having a blast!”

If you are anywhere near Florida, there’s a great upcoming opportunity to meet Sean and Joker when Sean and Alisha host a FREE “Balanced Riding” Clinic on August 3, 2013.

Join Sean at his fabulous training facility in New Smyrna, Florida, on August 3 for a FREE clinic!

Join Sean at his fabulous training facility in New Smyrna, Florida, on August 3 for a FREE clinic!

“We will set up two round pens and have the Balanced Rider machine to play with,” explains Sean. “The Balance Rider is non-motorized mechanical apparatus that responds to the balance–and imbalance of its rider. The barrel shaped seat, like the bare back of a horse, provides an effective means of learning to balance in the saddle.”

The first 12 riders who sign up for the FREE Balanced Riding Clinic can bring a horse along! All others are welcome to join on foot, take part in exercising on the Balance Rider machine, audit the equitation lessons, have a chance to win great door prizes, plus enjoy a nice lunch with the group.

“We want anyone interested in learning to be a more balanced rider to have a wonderful day at Pioneer Trail Reserve in New Smyrna Beach, Florida,” says Sean. “Everyone interested in attending, including auditors, should RSVP as soon as possible.”

RSVP for the FREE clinic by emailing


Click image to order the complete Sean Patrick set!

Click image to order the complete Sean Patrick set!

THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE, called “a top-down, all-inclusive trip to the ultimate working, performance, or pleasure ride” by Dr. Robert Miller, the father of Imprint Training, is available from the TSB online bookstore.



Reader Says KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE “Has Changed the Way She Will Communicate with Horses for the Rest of Her Life”

Carla from Florida sent Eunice Rush and Marry Morrow, authors of the just-released KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE, this amazing review of their book—check it out!

“I read…and thoroughly enjoyed every page of your book. I feel so much more savvy after learning about my personality, combined with my three horses. I have already used what I learned, and I am sincerely grateful.

“I would have never imagined that I would be a POWERFUL! I was shocked. I always think of myself as being kind of wimpy. I now understand why Moonie and I had such a rough start. Moonie is a THINKER…thus my broken wrist, ribs and front teeth. LOL! After five years of trial and error…we ‘get’each other…and we know how to work together. I love my old girl and she is bombproof. She is my ‘easy keeper’ and I trust her.

Carla on Hearts.

Carla on Hearts.

“My little Paint, Hearts, has been a lot of work for me. Now, I know why! Hearts is a TALKER. I have spent countless hours trying to get her to collect and stand still. The girl needs to move. We had our best ride ever today. She may never be the right horse for me…but, as long as she is with me, I will be a better rider and owner. I now ‘get’ her.

“And now, I have Frank Sinatra. I fell in love with this horse at the barn. He is a three-year-old cremello Quarter Horse. His former owner quit paying board. I got Frank by paying the back board. I had neer been on him…but, I had a feeling. I spent a week in the arena with him. He was cooperative, but I could tell he wasn’t crazy about arena work. I would walk him around the ranch just to build our bond. He did whatever I asked…and I taught him to side-pass in 15 minutes. I knew this would be a good horse for me.

“After only two rides on this guy…I can say that I have found my perfect match! POWERFUL/WORKER…go figure! Now that I know what I have…and I understand who I am…working with my horses is so much more enjoyable.

“This morning I had arranged to ride with a friend from work. He had been on horses, but it had been a few years. I rode Hearts, the Talker…and I put my friend on Frank, the Worker. Perfect ride, thanks to your book! We kept their feet moving at a brisk walk and had a great day. Hearts and Frank make a great trail duo and I look forward to getting them out together soon. I would have never been able to manage these differing horses prior to your book.

“Although all three of my horses are pussycats, they all operate differently. A Thinker, a Talker, and a Worker. I feel so empowered by your book. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge. Happy Trails to me!

KnowYouKnowYrHorse250“Your book has changed the way I will communicate with horses for the rest of my life. The fact that I got IMMEDIATE results, means so much to me and the horses. I don’t think I will ever ride in fear again. Amen!”

Are YOU ready to “know” what Carla now knows? KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE is available from the TSB online bookstore.


Horse-Lover’s Gift Idea: A Great Western Dressage Primer from Western Dressage Association Advisory Director Lynn Palm

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Since the early 1990s, Lynn Palm has been a major proponent for showing the American Quarter Horse in the dressage discipline. After nearly 20 years, on January 1, 2010, the AQHA agreed to recognize dressage as a event in which points could be earned. That same year, nationally known trainers Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Jack Brainard spurred formation of the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA), an organization that now has seven recognized state associations and is growing at astounding speed.

Dressage is simply the french word for “training.” By building a dressage foundation, a horse can gain suppleness, flexibility, and balance, all while strengthening the rider-and-horse partnership. Through the standardized progressive training methods of dressage, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform is maximized. Horses trained correctly are able to perform various maneuvers while remaining relaxed and giving the illusion of effortlessness.

AnnMarie Brockhouse, who serves as WDAA executive assistant and is a co-founder of the Western Dressage Association of Minnesota, explains that the nonprofit WDAA developed from knowledge of the importance of dressage “regardless of the tack it was being utilized in.” And TSB author Lynn Palm, winner of four Superhorse titles, is one of the leading proponents for good training, regardless of your tack or your outfit. Her fun, easy-to-use book THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION provides 26 dressage exercises, separated into basic, intermediate, and advanced sections. With terrific full-color photos and clear diagrams, its a terrific book for anyone looking to get a start in the new and exciting sport of Western dressage.

“Lynn understands that good training is just good training. She uses basic dressage principles as the foundation for all her work,” says US Olympic Dressage Team Alternate Jane Savoie. “Lynn’s book THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION explains the what, why, and ‘how-to’ of teaching your horse to collect. It discusses a number of factors that affect a horse’s ability to shift his weight back and lighten the forehand. And probably most importantly, Lynn explains the ingredients that go into laying the correct foundation to achieve true collection so you don’t resort to shortcuts that only create an artificial headset.”

THE RIDER’S GUIDE TO REAL COLLECTION is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Singer/Songwriter Templeton Thompson Talks About Choosing Nashville Over Law School, Making Music with Heart and Horse Sense, and 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman


We at TSB were thrilled to steal a little of singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson’s time, giving us a chance to ask her a little about her new album—a collection of the music inspired by and featured in the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series—as well as the opportunity to ask her a little about her past with horses and her path to Nashville. SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS is available now on the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

TSB: How long have you been writing and singing and how did you know it was what you wanted to do with your life?

TT: Well, I started getting paid to write professionally in 1995. I had moved to Nashville, or “Nashvegas” as some of us call it, in 1992, right after I graduated from the University of Virginia. I had a gig as an intern at Arista Records when I got to town. I waited a lot of tables and tended bar to pay my rent and basically spent my “free time” learning how to write songs. I was “green as grass,” really clueless about singing, writing, the music biz, but I feel like those three years I spent in Nashville before I landed my first publishing deal were “grad school” for me. I think from a very young age, I knew in my heart and soul that I wanted to make music my career, but I had a lot of people in my life telling me to take the safe path, so, those were my plans for a while. I went to college with the intention of going to law school, I even took the LSATs (and promptly cancelled my scores after taking the test!) I knew to my soul that that wasn’t my path. I literally decided right then and there, “I’m going to Nashville!!” I am SO glad I followed my heart and not my head on that one.

Templeton Thomposon and her horses, Jane and Beau.

Templeton Thomposon and her horses, Jane and Beau.

TSB: Horses are often a feature in your songs. How long have you had horses in your life and how have they become a source of creative inspiration?

TT: I’ve had horses in my life even before I was born! My sweet horse crazy mommacita was riding while she was preggers with yours truly…I came into this world horse crazy!! I’ve had my big, “beauty~full” ROCKSTAR horses Jane and Beau for what feels like forever now. Sam and I met them when they were yearlings, and they came to live with us in Tennessee (and officially became our babies) when they were around two.

I’ve been writing songs with the “wonder~full” horses in my life since I was a kid. Now, who knows what kind of songs—I’m certainly not sayin’ they were any good but nonetheless, I’ve been singin’ from my horses’ backs since I was a kid. Jane and Beau are AMAZIN’ co-writers; they’re my horsey muses. They keep me honest and in the moment and are great at helping me “turn the editor OFF!!”

TSB: Your songs are featured on albums by country music superstars, including Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, and Little Texas. What is it like to hear a song you wrote sung by someone else?

TT: AWESOME!! Truly AWESOME!!:) I’ll never forget going through the drive thru at Taco Bell a while back now and hearing Reba singing the song of mine that she recorded…AND I was singing background with her on the record! I still can’t BELIEVE that!! she’s an AMAZING lady and cowgirl and I’m dreamin’ BIG that one day she’ll record another of my tunes. Maybe I’ll even get to sing with her again…

TSB: Your wonderful music adds so much to the new DVD series 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, and you now have an album available for purchase and download called SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS. How did you come to be involved in the project?

TT: Our ROCKSTAR COWGIRL dear friend and angel Patti Hall, who first introduced me and Sam to Buck Brannaman, is who introduced us to another ROCKSTAR COWGIRL, Cindy Meehl [the director of BUCK the documentary and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN]!! While Cindy was filming the BUCK documentary, Patti kept trying to figure out ways for me and Sam to meet her. It never could come together while the documentary was being filmed BUT one “beauty~full” and life-changing April day, back when BUCK the film was being shown at the Nashville Film Festival, Patti made that meeting happen, and well, as they say, the rest is 7 CLINICS history!! We gave Cindy some music that day, stayed in touch and became buds. About a year later, she asked us to be a musical part of the 7 CLINICS series. We were SO GRATEFUL for the opportunity, and we feel INCREDIBLY BLESSED to be a part of the project, it is FANTABULOUS!!!!

TSB: You have had the wonderful opportunity to ride with Buck Brannaman, and you have said that 7 CLINICS “feels like being at a Buck clinic.” If you could be sure that viewers take away one lesson from the 7 CLINICS series, what would you hope it would be?

TT: I had to REALLY think about this question, and I had a REALLY hard time narrowing it down to just one thing…it’s ALL SO GREAT, and I know I may sound biased since I’m such a BIG FAN of both Buck and Cindy, but I mean it. This series has set the bar on a whole new level in the world of horsemanship DVDs. Even if I’d never ridden with Buck before, I’d be able to “get” what he’s talking about. I LOVE that the DVDs really get a point across, so if you missed something and you’re thinking, “Wow, I wish he’d explain that again,” well, he does, right at that exact moment when you need and want him to. It’s perfect!! The series is put together beautifully—not only am I learning every moment, I’m also entertained and drawn in, like I’m watching a continuation of, oh, I don’t know, the multi-award-winning documentary, BUCK! Like I said, this DVD series has set the bar HIGH.

I’ll say for me, that until I watched the series, I wasn’t aware of where my horses’ feet were. Now I find myself really paying attention and wanting to know where they are and finally starting to FEEL where they are. YEE HA!! Little light bulbs…I LOVE those moments!! I hope this series will help folks to slow down, to breathe, and to always, always CELEBRATE the TRY. It’s helped me SO MUCH and continues to help me be a better cowgirl for my horses and to ultimately just be BETTER. I’m a work in progress, but I’m gettin’ there.

CLICK HERE to order the music inspired by and written for 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN.

CLICK HERE to order the music inspired by and written for 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN.

TSB: Cindy Meehl, director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, is directing your new music video. Can you tell us a little about the song from the video and what it has been like putting the video together?

TT: The song’s called “When I Get That Pony Rode,” and it is one of the songs we re-recorded exclusively for the 7 CLINICS project. It was inspired by Buck’s book, The Faraway Horses. At a point in the book, Buck talks about “the consequences of a fast turn,” and we actually tried writing a song with that title with our co-writer on the song, but it just wasn’t working. Then, magically, like they often tend to do, the title “When I Get That Pony Rode” appeared…the song is for everyone out there working their tails off doing what they LOVE and what they’re passionate about and knowing, really knowing, that they really are going to have somethin’ to show when they “get that pony rode.” The song is a metaphor for that journey and everything that goes with it—the joy and the pain of it all, what ya gotta go through to get there.

Making the video with Cindy and the whole ROCKSTAR team was AMAZING!! It was an absolute honor to work with Cindy, Jen, and the crème de la crème of the music video world…I am forever GRATEFUL to some of our ROCKSTAR friends in the business who helped us put together an over-the-top INCREDIBLE team. And, I am such a PROUD mama cowgirl of my BIG “beauty~full” horses Jane & Beau…they shined like the diamonds they are on the screen. I can’t wait for everyone to see them doin’ their thang.

I’ll be forever grateful to Cindy for her AMAZING kindness, friendship, belief, and generosity…getting to make the video was a dream come true for me. I’ve only ever been a fly on the wall on a music video set like that…I’m plannin’ on doin’ MORE of THAT…I like it A LOT!

Dreamin’ BIG!!

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember sitting on a horse.

TT: For some reason I remember sitting bareback on an AWESOME horse named “Shorty” who belonged to my Godpapa, Charlie, in Texas. What a great horse and what an AWESOME cowboy. Even though he did try and convince a very naïve little girl that ropes actually grew in the ground! He got a kick out of pulling ropes out of the ground and acting as if it was their latest ranch “crop.” He thought he had me fooled but I knew what was goin’ on! Makes me grin BIG thinkin’ about him and sweet Shorty.

TSB: Tell us about the first time you remember falling off a horse.

TT: You know, for the life of me I can’t remember but what IS coming to mind is me as a kid in Texas, probably 8 or 10, leadin’ my “beauty~full” sorrel mare, Anna, and not payin’ attention. I tripped and fell right in front of her and she did everything in her power not to step on me. She protected me. I’ll never forget that. She taught me so much.

Just thinkin’ about her and recalling that memory, I DO remember one time when we lived in Virginia, years later, loping through a pasture. Anna would jump everything—twigs, bushes, you name it—and she’d jump everything BIG too. I remember getting the giggles while we were running and suddenly Anna Banana shot me like a cannon straight up and out. I swear I was up in the wild blue yonder for what seemed like a lifetime! I remember bracing for impact and it hurting since I came down like, what does Buck say, “a lawn dart”! Oh yeah, it hurt, but I didn’t get hurt. That was back when I was young and I BOUNCED!!

Funny, I suddenly do recall a really, REALLY black eye somewhere around my year 16…shoot, that was nothin’ compared to the bumps and breaks I wound up with down the road, but “what doesn’t kill ya, only makes you stronger…there’s always a “lesson in there somewhere,” which reminds me of a little song:

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?

TT: An AQHA mare named Jane and an AQHA appendix gelding named Beau…we’d read Seabiscuit and have too much fun playin’ on the beach and in the surf…we’d be like Alex Farley and the Black Stallion (oh yeah, we’d have that book too!!)

TSB: If your desert island had an iphone, WiFi, and 10 free song downloads, what would be on your playlist?

TT: Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Pink, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow…dang, that’s more than 10!

It’s too hard and there are too many other artists I’d LOVE to be listening to and too many songs to name, ughhh!!

TSB: What’s in your refrigerator at all times?

TT: Canned cat food and carrots!

TSB: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

TT: Where I am right now. I am so, SO BLESSED and over the moon HAPPY and GRATEFUL. My “beauty~full” two- and four-legged family is happy and healthy, and I’m married to THE MOST AMAZIN’ COWBOY on the PLANET!! We have INCREDIBLE people in our lives who are family to us:) I know I keep usin’ the word but I mean it, we’re so dang BLESSED!!

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a friend?

TT: Loyalty, authenticity, honesty, communication.

TSB: What is the quality you most like in a horse?

TT: EVERYTHING I mentioned above! I LOVE how honest horses are and how they keep us two-leggeds honest and accountable. They will NOT let us lie, to ourselves or to ANYONE. I LOVE that. I swear this world would be such a better place if everyone spent some time with a horse.

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect meal?

TT: Four-cheese pizza, Greek salad, and LOTS of CHOCOLATE!!

TSB: What is your idea of the perfect vacation?

TT: What’s a vacation? HOME with my man and my babies!

TSB: If you could have a conversation with one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

TT: Man, y’all ask really hard, REALLY cool questions, hmmmm…Shakespeare, I’d LOVE to talk to him about his craft. I LOVED my Shakespeare class in college. I had an AMAZING Shakespeare professor at UVA. I can still see and hear him teaching with SO much JOY and PASSION; he obviously loved teaching and that love washed over his classroom. He was like a big kid talkin’ about Shakespeare. You know, for the life of me I can’t think of that “wonder~full” professor’s name, but just this moment, i’m realizing he played a really BIG part in me wanting to make a career in doing something I LOVED.

I reckon I owe that sweet man a BIG thank you and a BIG HUG!!

Here’s to doin’ what you LOVE and LOVIN’ what you do!

TSB: What is your motto?

TT: My hippie chic cowgirl philosophy pretty much sums it up…dream big * work hard * have faith!

The hippie chic cowgirl philosophy:

it’s a way of thinkin,’ livin’ and lovin’

it’s dreamin’ and doin,’
 always reachin’ and never quittin’

it’s jumpin’ in with both feet without worryin’ too much if your boots get wet

runnin’ wide open with the wind in your mane
 and havin’ it made in the shade of the tallest tree

it’s seein’ through kind and loving eyes 
and knowin’ who you are clear down to your soul

it’s sittin’ down when you need to rest
and standin’ up for what you believe in

it’s followin’ your heart, hangin’ on by your fingernails and learnin’ to let go

it’s seein’ a beauty~full blue sky beyond the clouds, even if it’s rainin’
and always keepin’ a little sunshine in your pocket, saved up for that rainy day

it’s takin’ the trail less traveled even if it’s a bumpy road 
and bein’ in the here and now and right at home in the company of dreamers, colorin’ way outside the lines

and it’s always sayin, “now, bring on that horizon, i am not afraid, ’cause i know who i am…
for I am a hippie chic cowgirl, proud to call this planet cowgirl home!!!!!!!!!

dream big 
work hard 
have faith 

©templeton thompson