Tag: Riding Through Thick & Thin

  • 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 […]

  • Top 10 Lessons from Top Horse Trainers

    One of the best perks of working for an equestrian book publisher (assuming you are just the littlest bit horsey) is the constant immersion in equine-related theory, philosophy, and how-to. There is so much opportunity to absorb the ideas of great horsepeople and to try their techniques and methods for oneself—or to come to understand […]

  • 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 […]