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The major muscles of locomotion in the horse.

A basic understanding of how the horse’s muscles create movement is essential to riders and trainers as they seek answers to training issues, and it also allows them to play an active part in keeping the horse pain-free and performing well by including bodywork in their regular care regimen.

In THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED WITH THE MASTERSON METHOD Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes teamed up with Grand Prix dressage rider Betsy Steiner and creator of the Anatomy in Motion VISIBLE HORSE and VISIBLE RIDER Susan Harris to provide a practical level of baseline biomechanics knowledge to support solutions to dressage training problems. Susan Harris painted the primary muscles involved in the work of the dressage horse on an equine accomplice, and hundreds of photographs capture their activity as the horse was then ridden through various movements.

“Muscles can’t push, they can only ‘pull’ (contract) or ‘not pull’ (relax),” says dressage rider and Masterson Method practitioner Coralie Hughes in the book. “Relaxation is as important as contraction—or strength—in the muscle….Tension that inhibits the muscle from being able to fully relax or contract reduces range of motion of the joint with the resultant impact on performance. Furthermore, a muscle that is tight is putting unnatural tension on its tendon, which can actually torque the skeleton. Prolonged unnatural tension can potentially cause tendon and joint damage in the feet and legs.”

For more on the specific biomechanics of the dressage horse, as well as dozens of Masterson Method techniques to relieve tension in the muscles, ease discomfort, and improve the horse’s performance overall, check out THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of CENTERED RIDING’s publication, dressage trainer and judge Kathy Connelly shared these thoughts about author Sally Swift and what she contributed to the horse world:

“Sally Swift was an icon in every way. As a person, she was very kind, joyful, and encouraging to all. It never mattered to Sally what level a rider was—she was equally passionate with every individual. Her work helped and sponsored legions of riders.

“I remember the years Sally was developing Centered Riding. She had such a gift for conceptualizing her ideas, and this enabled her to produce a system that was very clear and perceptible to all. How fortunate we all are to have this vision of partnership with our horses, which will be carried on for the betterment of our horses’ welfare and ensures a chance for more successful relationships with them.

“I cherished very much our friendship…and miss Sally, greatly.”

Be sure to check out the wonderful cover feature CENTERED RIDING: HOW SALLY SWIFT CHANGED THE WORLD in the December issue of EQUUS Magazine, available now wherever quality equestrian magazines are sold!

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Share your own CENTERED RIDING memories and “aha” moments online and tag them #CenteredRiding30! And remember, all CENTERED RIDING books and DVDs are 30% off, the entire month of November.

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

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We’re packed and ready to head to Springfield, Massachusetts, for EA 2015. Join TSB this Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15, at the Eastern States Exposition, for fabulous clinics from top trainers, riders, and equine experts, as well as a terrific pre-holiday shopping experience. Stop by the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center for our perennial bestsellers like CENTERED RIDING by Sally Swift (which we published 30 years ago!); brand new titles, such as THE ESSENTIAL FERGUS THE HORSE, COWBOY DRESSAGE, and THE MESSAGE FROM THE HORSE; and great show specials like contests, sales, and a limited supply of TSB exclusive Fergus the Horse coffee mugs!

We’re thrilled to be there, along with six of our authors who are featured clinicians:

Dan James, one half of the famous Double Dan Horsemanship training duo and co-author of the forthcoming LONG-REINING WITH DOUBLE DAN HORSEMANSHIP, has clinics Saturday, November 14, at 9:30 am (Mallary South) and 4:15 pm (Coliseum), plus Sunday, November 15, at 11:15 am and 3:45 pm (both in the Coliseum).

 

Phillip Dutton, five-time Olympian with two gold medals and author of MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON with Amber Heintzberger, has clinics Saturday at 9:30 am and 1:15 pm, and Sunday at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm (all in the Coliseum), plus an “Ask the Expert” session at 4:00 pm on Saturday on the Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center.

Meet Phillip Dutton in person at the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center on Sunday at 2:00 pm! He’ll be answering questions and signing books.

 

Bernie Traurig, celebrated jumper rider and horseman, and creator of THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM DVD SERIES, has a talk Thursday, November 12, at 10:00 am (Equine Fundamentals Forum/Mallary South), and clinics Thursday at 1:15 pm and 5:15 pm, and Friday, November 13, at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm (all in the Coliseum), plus an “Ask the Expert” session at 5:00 pm on Friday on the Seminar Stage in the Better Living Center.

 

Susan Harris, co-creator of ANATOMY IN MOTION: THE VISIBLE HORSE and THE VISIBLE RIDER DVDS, and artist contributor to THE DRESSAGE HORSE OPTIMIZED by Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes, is presenting Friday at 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm, Saturday at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm (all in the Young Arena), and Saturday at 3:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North).

 

Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and saddle-fitting expert, and author of THE HORSE’S PAIN-FREE BACK AND SADDLE-FIT BOOK, is presenting Thursday at 2:00 pm (Seminar Stage/Better Living Center) and 5:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North), and on Friday at 1:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North) and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm (both on the Seminar Stage/Better Living Center). On Saturday she speaks at 10:00 am at the Equine Fundamentals Forum (Mallary South).

 

Dr. Allen Schoen, pioneer in integrative veterinary medicine and co-author of THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN with Susan Gordon, speaks on Saturday at 1:00 pm (Demo Ring/Mallary North) and on Sunday at 10:00 am (Seminar Stage/Better Living Center).

Meet Dr. Allen Schoen in person at the TSB booth #846-847 in the Better Living Center on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am! He’ll be answering questions and signing books.

 

We look forward to seeing you at Equine Affaire this weekend!

 

Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs, is a small, privately owned company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Horse Expo Pomona will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 7 -9 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. This year’s event features a bunch of terrific TSB authors! Be sure to check out clinics with:

 

SANDY COLLIER, NRCHA and AQHA World Champion, international judge and clinician, and author of REINING ESSENTIALS.

 

JONATHAN FIELD, trainer, clinician, and author of the forthcoming THE ART OF LIBERTY TRAINING FOR HORSES.

 

JANE SAVOIE, three-time Olympic coach, reserve rider for the 1992 Olympic dressage team, and author of DRESSAGE 101, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE RIBBONS, THAT WINNING FEELING! and several DVDs.

 

SUSAN HARRIS AND PEGGY BROWN, creators of ANATOMY IN MOTION: THE VISIBLE HORSE and THE VISIBLE RIDER DVDs.

 

In addition, Sandy Collier will be judging the 1st Annual Toyota California Classic Invitational Cow Horse Championship, an all-around stock horse event, that will be held on Friday evening at the event.

Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to have fun, hang around horses, and learn a whole lot about training, riding, and horse care!

 

All of the excellent books and DVDs from these featured TSB authors are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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We’re back from a super-fun and really busy five-day stint at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts. Thanks again to everyone who made sure to stop by and meet Cindy Meehl, director of the award-winning documentary BUCK and the new 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series!

As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the horsepeople in your life. We featured two great ideas at EA, and they are still available on our website!

7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman the complete series makes a great gift set!

The complete series (all 7 discs and 10 hours) of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available for $145 from the TSB online bookstore (CLICK HERE) where shipping in the US is always FREE.

“The tone of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is undoubtedly one of learning and communicating with the horse,” says the review in the November issue of Western Horseman. “Brannaman’s message from the documentary rings true in the seven-disc package: Do better by the horse in order to do better in life.”

Crown Prince and Crown Prince Challenged make a great gift set for the young horse lover in your life!

And, for all the young horse lovers you know, the first two books in the exciting new fiction series by Linda Snow McLoon, CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED, are available for purchase together for $17.95 (CLICK HERE).

“I really enjoyed the characters, the story line, and the writing, and more than anything else, the horsemanship that is woven into Crown Prince and Crown Prince Challenged,” says Susan Harris, author of  the US Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship; Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement; Anatomy in Motion DVDs; and Grooming to Win. “I found the characters (especially Sarah Wagner), the horses, and the problems they face, believable and interesting, and the setting (a good boarding and teaching barn) authentic in today’s horse world, right down to the Jack Russell terriers. The reader will learn a lot about horses, good riding and horsemanship through these novels, but it’s part of the story, not a ‘lesson.’ I enjoyed the first book so much that I went right on to the second, and now I’m hoping the author is working on the next one! I highly recommend these books!”

Don’t wait to start on your holiday shopping! Order now while these great gift sets are available!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE COMPLETE SERIES OF 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN

CLICK HERE TO ORDER CROWN PRINCE AND CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

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Trafalgar Square Books is thrilled to add three new books to its collection of titles specifically for young horse lovers!

HOW TO SPEAK HORSE by Andrea and Marcus Eschbach, the authors of RIDING FREE, explains basic concepts of natural horsemanship to six-to ten-year-olds. The book includes easy lessons in “horse speak,” demonstrating how horses communicate with the movement of their body, their expression, and the distance they close, maintain, or increase between them and an object or person of interest. This language is integral to understanding their behavior and how to train them—the ability to recognize fear, frustration, willingness, and happiness is important to a handler’s safety and success, on the ground and in the saddle.

HOW TO SPEAK HORSE is chock full of beautiful color photographs showing groundwork that is safe and fun for children, providing the perfect introduction to the keys to natural horsemanship and how good communication can keep you safe in everything you do with your horse.

Sample pages from HOW TO SPEAK HORSE by Andrea and Marcus Eschbach.

CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED are the first two books in the exciting new Brookmeade Young Riders Series by Linda Snow McLoon. Readers age 10 and up are sure to fall in love with Crown Prince, the racetrack rogue who finds a new home and a second chance with Sarah Wagner, a young girl who always dreamed of a horse of her own. Sarah and Crown Prince set off on all sorts of adventures, and the author’s ability to write convincingly about horses, riding, training, and competing harkens back to the glory days of quality equestrian fiction.

“I really enjoyed the characters, the story line, and the writing, and more than anything else, the horsemanship that is woven into Crown Prince and Crown Prince Challenged,” says Susan Harris, Centered Riding Senior Instructor, international clinician, and author of the US Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship; Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement; Anatomy in Motion DVDs; and Grooming to Win. “I found the characters (especially Sarah Wagner), the horses, and the problems they face, believable and interesting, and the setting (a good boarding and teaching barn) authentic in today’s horse world, right down to the Jack Russell terriers. The reader will learn a lot about horses, good riding and horsemanship through these novels, but it’s part of the story, not a ‘lesson.’ I enjoyed the first book so much that I went right on to the second, and now I’m hoping the author is working on the next one! I highly recommend these books!”

“Get ready to fall in love with the story of Crown Prince and Sarah,” agrees Elizabeth Letts, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion. “Chock-a-block with accurate equestrian details, well-paced, and full of heart, the story of Sarah and her off-the-track one-dollar purchase is the story of how hard-work, determination and love for horses can make any young rider’s dream come true.”

We’ll be featuring Jennifer Brandon’s paintings and prints in the months ahead.

CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED feature specially commissioned covers by the talented young equestrian and canine portrait artist Jennifer Brandon. Check out our profile about Jennifer by clicking HERE.

You can order all of our new books for young horse lovers at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER HOW TO SPEAK HORSE

CLICK HERE TO ORDER CROWN PRINCE AND CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

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