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.



Faith, Belief, and Trust in Our Horses, However Humble Their Beginnings: PRICELESS

In October TSB will publish the first two books in a new fiction series for young horse lovers: CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED. Author Linda Snow McLoon manages to accurately and authentically tap the time-tested theme of a horse-crazy young girl named Sarah who finally gets the horse of her dreams—in this case, an unruly off-the-track Thoroughbred bought for a dollar. Facing jealous rivalries and the challenges of managing the retraining of such a horse, Sarah must rely on her faith in her horse’s character and her belief in her ability to make him great in order to find a way to keep him.

“Get ready to fall in love with the story of Crown Prince and Sarah,” says 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.”

As Elizabeth knows and has shown in her own wonderful book The Eighty Dollar Champion, the value of a good horse knows no price, and the dream of finding the right equine partner knows no age limit. Regardless of discipline or breed, and whether or not you compete at the top of your equestrian sport or not at all, we are surrounded by comeback stories, horse bought for a song who utlimately went the distance, and the “accidental champions” who may have defied the odds to excel in some way or simply capture our hearts.

Author Elizabeth Letts invites us to share our best horse stories on her blog.

Elizabeth Letts has invited us to share our own “Eighty-Dollar Champion” stories on her blog. She writes:

“You don’t need to win blue ribbons to be a champion. The Next Eighty-Dollar Champion honors every horse who came from humble beginnings or has had a second or third or fourth career. We also honor every man, woman and child who has refused to give up on a horse. We want to hear the story of your Eighty-Dollar Champion! Tell us a little bit about your horse — how you got your horse, what his/her life was like before coming to live with you and your proudest accomplishment as a team. Email me your story (put Blog Entry in the subject line) and one or two photos and we’ll get it posted as soon as possible.”

CLICK HERE to visit Elizabeth’s blog and share your story with the world.

You can preorder CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Elizabeth Letts, Author of NYT Bestseller THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION, Reads HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD by Denny Emerson

Elizabeth Letts, author of the NYT bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion, reviewed Denny Emerson's HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD on her website

For those of you who haven’t heard of THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION, you should check out and see what all the fuss is about. In her New York Times bestseller, Letts has shared the amazing story of Snowman, a plain-headed horse bound for slaughter that, through chance, was bought by a man named Harry for $80.

And that is the humble beginning of a fabulous journey: Against all odds, Snowman rises to stardom to eventually compete at the highest levels of show jumping against the finest horses in the world.

Because she is the author of a book about dreams, goals, and making something great out of something many would consider of little worth, it is no surprise, really, that Elizabeth Letts found messages that rang true in Denny Emerson’s book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD. Both books are about hard work, good horsemanship, and aiming high—one simply details a story of successes past, while the other lays the foundation for successes in the future. They dovetail nicely, really, offering the kind of feel-good inspiration we all require to remind us why horses and riding are so special to us in the first place, alongside no-nonsense advice for taking the riding dream and making it a reality. Together, they feed both the soul and the mind.

If you harbor big dreams about riding horses, get your hands on BOTH books!

Here’s some of what Elizabeth had to say about HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD:

“Denny Emerson doesn’t know this. In fact, we’ve never met, but I once almost dropped out of college for him. In 1982, my life was divided: all summer I taught riding and competed in three day events; in the winter, I was a student and never got near a horse. But I was having a hard time letting go. So, I came up with a scheme. An old Pony Club friend recommended that I spend a year as a working student at Tamarack Hill Farm in Vermont. Seems crazy in retrospect. Give up my spot at Yale to spend my days mucking out stalls? I was transitioning out of competitive riding then: my school did not have an equestrian program, and bringing my horse to school was too expensive to contemplate. In the end, I didn’t do it. But that’s okay. I was not destined for a career in riding.

“Like all really great competitors, Denny Emerson knows how to ride. Like all really great teachers, he knows how to teach…Like all truly great teachers, Denny has something to say to all of us: even those of us who no longer compete. In my adult career as an author, I still rely on many of the skills I learned while competing in three-day-eventing. Both require focus, determination, and a willingness to take a hard fall sometimes. Both require bravery—a person who has approached an enormous solid fence made of telephone poles at a fast gallop down a slippery hill, is well-equipped to face down the public scrutiny of being a writer in a world where everyone has a chance to review and comment on your books.

“As Denny says in the book, ‘The only thing that each of us can guarantee is that we are prepared to take advantage of those opportunities that come our way.’”

You can read Elizabeth’s full review of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD on her blog at You can order your copy of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD from the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.