Top Trainers, Clinicians, and Horse Experts Share Their Thanks: Hurray for Supportive Parents, Guardian Angels, and the Animals in Our Lives



Each year around this time, we ask some of our authors to share what they are thankful for, and it is always a fine reminder to open our hearts and minds to all that surrounds us, and greet each day—and the people and animals in it—with a smile.


“What I love about horses is understanding their minds, and through their minds, learning to understand how they move. The mind and the feet have always been connected. And when you are in tune with these you find yourself becoming one with the horse, with your mental and physical energies coming together. This is when you truly feel ‘freedom,’ and it is something I am very thankful for.” Marry Morrow, Horse Trainer and Co-Author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE


“I have so much to be thankful for it is hard to narrow it down, especially in the wake of the tornadoes that recently ripped through my home state. The town just 12 miles south had major damage and many homes are just gone—I am thankful that my family is okay and that in all the nearby devastation, not one life was lost.

“On a more basic level, I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and of course my animals, and the freedom to worship in the church of my choice without persecution. For a beautiful spring morning with birds singing, bright sunshine and green grass and a wonderful horse to ride through it all. My blessings are truly too numerous to list.”  Eunice Rush, Co-Author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE


“I am thankful for the 16 years I got to spend with my incredible dogs, Max and Luna. I lost them both within a few weeks of each other this past month. It broke my heart to lose them, but I am so grateful and honored that they shared their lives with me. The joy they brought is beyond measure. Thank you Max and Luna ~ you are forever in my heart!” Cindy Meehl, Director of BUCK the Documentary and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN


“I am eternally grateful to Caroline Robbins and Martha Cook from Trafalgar Square Books for 20 years of creating my books to share with horse and companion animal lovers. And for the gift of having TSB senior editor, Rebecca Didier, as my co-author on my 20th and one of my most prized books yet, DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL. My thanks to Trafalgar for all the years of support and encouragement of my work.

“And I am thankful for my husband, Roland Kleger, and my family and friends, and all the people and their horses and dogs that I have had the good fortune to meet and share Tellington TTouch with this year—in trainings, on FaceBook, on YouTube, and on my blog. May the support from your Guardian Angels continue to bless your lives.”  Linda Tellington-Jones, Creator of the Tellington Method and Author of DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL and THE ULTIMATE HORSE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING BOOK


We are thankful to live and work in a beautiful place--- Trafalgar Square Farm.

We are thankful to live and work in a beautiful place— Trafalgar Square Farm.


“I am thankful first for my good health. Being healthy is something no one should take for granted. I am also thankful for my wonderful supportive husband, who always has a good sense of humor about my horsie adventures!”  Janet Foy, FEI/USEF Dressage Judge and Author of DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE


“I am thankful that my recent major surgery was successful and is behind me. I look forward to hitting the trails soon.” Linda Snow McLoon, Author of CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED


“I have a lot in my life to be thankful for. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my parents. They instilled in me the work ethic and determination that have made it possible to live my dream. I’m thankful for my loyal and talented team that allows me to share my horse training method with the world and for all the horse lovers out there who are committed to becoming better horsemen.” Clinton Anderson, Trainer, Clinician, and Author of PHILOSOPHY, LESSONS WELL LEARNED, and DOWNUNDER HORSEMANSHIP


“I am very thankful for the small things life has to offer and thankful for any opportunity to be a positive influence for others. If you’ve made someone smile, or laugh, or feel good about themselves, then you’ve had a successful day.” Kerry Thomas, Pioneering Researcher and Co-Author of HORSE PROFILING


“I’m thankful that my family, students, and publisher encourage me to believe in myself and write my new book PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING.”  Daniel Stewart, Coach, Sport Psychologist, and Author of PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING


And finally, a Thanksgiving poem from writer Laura Chester, author of RIDING BARRANCA:

I’m thankful for my health

despite unhealthy ways.

I’m thankful for my horses

who are thankful for their hay.

Thankful for my new book

“May it be read by all,” she prays.

I’m thankful for my children,

who still light up my days.

Grateful for this life we share

in tranquility and blaze.


We wish all safe travel and a very happy Thanksgiving.

—The TSB Staff

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What Do Denny Emerson, Janet Foy, and Templeton Thompson Have in Common? They’ve All Shared What They’re Grateful for This Thanksgiving…

Each year about this time I like to touch base with our authors and find out what they’re grateful for–what they feel are their blessings this Thanksgiving week. It’s so important that we don’t just go through the motions of dressing a turkey and opening a bottle of wine…most of us have many things, little things, that made us feel happy, loved, or lucky in 2012. It makes sense to share them.

We at Trafalgar Square have been very thankful to have come to know the wonderful, vibrant soul and talented singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson this year. Her music brought so much heart to the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, and we are thrilled to now offer her SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD for sale on our website. Tempy recorded her thanks so we could hear it right from her—check out the video below, which kicks off our list of “author thanks.” (And for a wonderful unplugged version of the song “Believe,” which is featured on SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS, check out the second video at the bottom of this post.)

“I am thankful to my students whose continual desire to improve allows me to be creative and innovative in my approach to riding. I’m thankful that they also desire to understand how they can better communicate through their mind and body rather than demand unquestionable obedience from their horse. And I am thankful to the horses that sense my own desire to help both them and their riders.” –Wendy Murdoch, author of 50 5-MINUTE FIXES TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDING and the RIDE LIKE A NATURAL DVD series

“I am thankful for my horse-crazy girls, my wife Alisha and my daughter Madilyn.”  –Sean Patrick, author of THE MODERN HORSEMAN’S COUNTDOWN TO BROKE BOOK and DVD set

“2012 has been a really great year for me! But I am most thankful for my great employees, wonderful clients, supportive family and friends, and my Kerig coffee maker, which I could not function without.  I am also thankful for all of the support from Trafalgar Square on my first book project and I can’t wait to see it on bookshelves in 2013.” –Susan Tinder, author of JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL and owner of Tolland Falls Equestrian Facility

“I’m thankful for many things, including many wonderful friends, a career that I love, and a life complete with horses. But more than anything, I’m thankful for the love of my wife and children. They are what make every day worth living, and I feel blessed to have them in my life.” –Daniel Stewart, author of RIDE RIGHT WITH DANIEL STEWART

“Oh my, I am thankful for so much! My family, my faith, living in a country where I can worship God openly, my friends, and my good fortune to share my life with so many of God’s furry creations.  I’m thankful I live out in the country and can ride my horse in so many beautiful places across the United States. I’m also very thankful to have a new book coming out in 2013!” –Eunice Rush, co-author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

“I am thankful for my family, good friends, and my companion Brad who listens to me ‘talk horses’ for hours and hours. I am thankful for the horses I have met in my life. There are no better teachers in this world than the equines who inspire us to enjoy life, who encourage us to learn more, and who let us know, if we listen, how well we are doing as humans.”  –Marry Morrow, co-author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

“I am most thankful for my wonderful husband and my great friends. Many of my friends have faced health issues this past year, so I am also thankful at this time for my own good health.”  –Janet Foy, author of DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE

“I am thankful for so many things, but mostly I am thankful for having the privilege of helping put smiles on children’s faces, many of whom otherwise would know them not.”  –Kerry Thomas, co-author of HORSE PROFILING

“While I am thankful for so many things in my life, like my family, my husband, my horses, and my work, the most precious gift that I have in life is the gift of learning. To always be able to grow and understand more about my family, my husband, my horses, and my work…….for that I am VERY thankful!” –Janice Dulak, author of NINE PILATES ESSENTIALS FOR THE BALANCED RIDER and PILATES FOR THE DRESSAGE RIDER BOOK and DVD

“Here’s one author who’s thankful for the usual – family, friends, good health – and also thanks for all those in-foal mares that carry our dreams for the future.”  –Linda McLoon, author of CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

“Several in my family have had major health issues this month. I’m glad I can say we will all be present and healthy to celebrate the holidays. Also, I get to welcome a new niece to the festivities this year. As for my horses, I am thankful I have gotten to start my colt (the TSB catalog cover model last year), and I can’t wait to send him to the trainer soon!” –Kayla Starnes, author of TEAM ROPING 101

“Apart from the usual thankfulness for freedom from sickness and loss, I do think very often how lucky I am to live in a place like Vermont that hasn`t been run over by the terrible version of prosperity that equates growth with progress. Under that dreary scenario, more houses and more businesses are better than more fields and woods. I`m thankful that many Vermonters don`t buy into that vision, and I still have trails to explore and open spaces in which to ride.”  –Denny Emerson, author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD

“I’m thankful to wake each morning able and eager to continue the wonderful practice of horse training. Like anything, it has it’s difficult sides, but I can’t think of a more creative and exciting way to spend my time. Also, I’m thankful for the many students who share my passion. My idols, legends who will never die. The works of the past masters, the teachers I have had the pleasure to work with, and my treasured mentors. My colleagues and friends, and my wife who loves me. I’m even, somehow thankful for the winds of adversity that assail me on this intrepid journey. I’m thankful to all whom I owe many debts of gratitude, those who have also spent their lives, and have cared enough to share, who I can never fully repay.” —Douglas Puterbaugh, author of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE

“Let’s see… I want a pony, an’ a submarine… an’ a… oh wait, that’s Christmas…This year Conley and I are extremely grateful and cognizant of the fact that we are so fortunate to be able to make our living doing what we love to do, and to be surrounded and supported by people who are so passionate about what they do. We are thankful to all of you who have felt inspired to do just that little bit more for your horses, and we are thankful of course for horses—the ultimate silent teachers of life. We hope you all feel as blessed. (But I also want a pony an’ a submarine.)” —Jim Masterson, author of BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE the BOOK and DVD

And what am I thankful for as 2012 nears its end? I am thankful for my bright and shining son, who I love with all my heart; for a country that although populated by very different people with very different beliefs can still hold free elections and collectively determine a way forward; for my brother’s safety during Sandy and now his resilience as his town battles back after the devastation of the storm; and for finally finishing the book I’ve been working on with Linda Tellington-Jones for four years, entitled DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL. I honestly and fervently believe it can make a difference in the way we ride and train dressage horses.

As you move through your week and rev up for the holiday, as you welcome family into your home or travel elsewhere to meet friends, remember to take a moment to be thankful in your daily interactions with your horse. As Linda says in our book, “The horse deserves to be thanked when he performs well, when he does as you bid, when he controls his innate and natural impulses to fight, flee, or freeze. This self-control on his part is a small miracle, and you should not take it for granted.”

Happy Thanksgiving to All from the TSB crew.

—Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor at Trafalgar Square Books and co-author of DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL

p.s. Thanks so much for reading our blog! Treat yourself to this sweet video from Templeton Thompson and stay tuned for news about our big holiday sales…

THIS SATURDAY: Two TSB Authors, Two Different Parts of the Country, Two Great Book Signings

Everyone is gearing up for the biggest weekend in holiday shopping! Beginning with “Black Friday” (the notorious day after Thanksgiving that can make-or-break a retailer’s year), great sales and special events often extend into Saturday and Sunday, ensuring that visiting families and kids home from school have somewhere to go (and some way to spend their money!)

Two Trafalgar Square Books authors are doing their share by participating in special book signing events this Saturday, November 26–the “day after” Black Friday. Check it out:


Dorie McCullough Lawson, wife of painter T. Allen Lawson and daughter of historian David McCullough, is reading her fabulous new children’s book TEX, discussing the story behind it, and signing books at Bunch of Grapes, 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. She will be upstairs in Kid’s Corner beginning at 10:30 am.

TEX is the perfect picture book for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, with wonderful color photographs, a story about imagination, work ethic, and the beauty of the American West, and a main character who goes to sleep at the end (very important!) Watch the video of one little boy “reading” TEX by clicking HERE.


Kayla Starnes, the writer and photographer behind the new USTRC-endorsed book TEAM ROPING 101 will be signing books at the Hastings in the Texas horse-capital of Stephenville, 2900 West Washington Street, #10, from 3 to 6 pm.

TEAM ROPING 101 is all you need to know to get started in the hottest new sport for those who like riding horses, going out with the family, and winning great cash prizes. Endorsed by the USTRC and featuring tips from champion ropers Speed Williams and Rickey Green, as well as training tips and a foreword from Stephenville celebrity horseman Clinton Anderson, Kayla’s book is a surefire way to rope up some fun.

Don’t miss these two great opportunities to get terrific holiday gifts, personalized by the author!

Both TEX and TEAM ROPING 101 are also available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

The Trafalgar Square Books Crew says HAPPY THANKSGIVING with 15% off your online order at! Just enter the coupon code THANKS15 at checkout (sale runs through 12-2-2011 and cannot be combined with other offers).

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At Trafalgar Square Books, we think our horses are thankful for the books we've read and the DVDs we've watched this year.

It’s that time of year when we remind each other, and ourselves, to be thankful….thankful for friends, family, and the horses in our life.

We at Trafalgar Square Books took a moment to wonder what our horses might be thankful for. Deep bedding and that extra flake of hay? Probably. The new Rambo and the flash set of boots? Perhaps. But we also think what our horses appreciate most this year are the books we’ve read, the DVDs we’ve watched, and the direct impact—both observable and invisible—our broadened horse knowledge then has on our horse’s health and happiness. We ride better, we communicate better, and we pay better attention to our horse’s body and brain because of the books we’ve read.

Here are the new Trafalgar Square Books and DVDs we think our horses are most thankful for—get 15% off these and the rest of our books and DVDs (plus FREE SHIPPING) during our Thanksgiving Sale! Enter coupon code THANKS15 at checkout.

Where Does My Horse Hurt by Dr. Renee Tucker

An easy-to-use, graphically clear method of finding the location of aches and pains in your horse’s body.


How Good Riders Get Good by Denny Emerson

Hands-down the best source of inspiration and guidance if you really want to succeed in the horse industry.


Beyond Horse Massage (Book and DVD) by Jim Masterson

An incredible new form of bodywork that releases tension in the horse so he can perform his best.


Rider & Horse Back to Back (Book and DVD) by Susanne von Dietze

A guide to “back-friendly” riding by the renowned physiotherapist and dressage rider who brought you the bestselling Balance in Movement.

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