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For over 30 years, a small group of horse people based on a farm in rural Vermont has produced books and DVDs on all things horse. An enterprise that began with Sally Swift’s now classic CENTERED RIDING—one of the bestselling equestrian books of all time—soon included titles spanning all breeds and disciplines. Today, Trafalgar Square Books is proud to continue to strive to publish quality instructional books and DVDs, for every horse person, and always “for the good of the horse.”

With the launch of our new website and online bookstore at www.horseandriderbooks.com, TSB aims to not only share our newest titles with the public, but also provide news and information related to our stable of talented authors: the top riders, trainers, and equine bodywork and horse care professionals in the industry. Visitors will find:

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• Tips, exercises, and interviews on our blog (this one!)

Video trailers that provide engaging tours of our newest books and DVDs

• Sales, contests, and special giveaways

• A calendar announcing upcoming author events

• Easy, mobile-friendly access to our bookstore, where you receive free shipping in the United States

In addition, TSB offers free downloads of sample chapters from our newest titles and great deals on money-saving sets from your favorite authors or your chosen discipline! Resellers can scan our inventory of over 600 books and DVDs, get updates on important upcoming release dates, and download press releases for reference and promotion.

Come visit TSB at www.horseandriderbooks.com. We’re excited to share our books, DVDs, and incredible equestrian authors with you!

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

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Cat Hill grew up in upstate New York on a working farm. Her earliest memory is of the day her parents got her a pony for her birthday. She grew up on that pony, which was followed by a series of Arabian show horses. In college, she started riding show hunters through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team at the University of Geneseo. After receiving her degree, she followed her love of horses to Ireland to be a working student at Mullingar Equestrian Center, where she became barn manager before returning to the States. Hill has been a working student for a Grand Prix dressage rider, worked the Winter Equestrian Festival for a Grand Prix jumper rider, managed a AA hunter barn, and managed top eventer Mara DePuy’s barn. She now freelances as a groom, as well as teaching lower level riders in dressage, jumping, and eventing. Hill co-authored the bestselling TSB book WORLD-CLASS GROOMING FOR HORSES with Emma Ford, who runs Phillip Dutton’s barn.

“After three years of struggling with my balance and struggling to find myself and being told I would never make it in the horse world,” Hill says, remembering when she first learned of Sally Swift’s methods, “I was just about read to quit when somebody handed me [CENTERED RIDING].”

Hear what else she has to say about CENTERED RIDING as she helps us celebrate our 30th Anniversary in this short video:

 

 

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, privately owned company based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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The winter sun rises over the TSB warehouse in Vermont.

The winter sun rises over the TSB warehouse in Vermont.

As we wrap another year in the Trafalgar Square Books offices here in Vermont, it feels good to pause and look back at the results of our hard work, as well as ponder the things we learned about horses and horsemanship over the last 12 months.

We take great pride in our authors and in the horse books and DVDs we have published and released over the years—now over 600 titles. Here, at a glance, are the new books and DVDs we added in 2014:

 

Click the image above to get a quick review of the TSB 2014 books and DVDs.

Click the image above to get a quick review of the TSB 2014 books and DVDs.

 

3-Minute Horsemanship

by Vanessa Bee (January)

The Riding Horse Repair Manual

by Doug Payne (March)

Games for Kids on Horseback

by Gabriele Karcher (April)

Centered Riding 2 Paperback Edition

by Sally Swift (April)

Good Horse, Bad Habits

by Heather Smith Thomas (April)

Dressage Solutions

by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg (May)

The Riding Doctor

by Dr. Beth Glosten (June)

Building a Life Together—You and Your Horse

by Magali Delgado and Frederic Pignon (June)

Collective Remarks

by Anne Gribbons (July)

Creative Dressage Schooling

by Julia Kohl (September)

When Two Spines Align:Dressage Dynamics 

by Beth Baumert (September)

Kids Riding with Confidence

by Andrea and Markus Eschbach (October)

Success through Cavaletti-Training DVD 

by Ingrid Klimke (November)

5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding DVD

by Wendy Murdoch (November)

5-Minute Jumping Fixes DVD

by Wendy Murdoch (November)

Beyond Horse Massage Wall Charts

by Jim Masterson (November)

The Art of Liberty Training for Horses

by Jonathan Field (December)

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by Eckart Meyners, Hannes Muller, and Kerstin Niemann (December)

 

Trafalgar Square Books (www.HorseandRiderBooks.com) is the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs. CLICK HERE to visit our online storefront or DOWNLOAD OUR NEWEST CATALOG.

 

Have a wonderful, safe, joy-filled New Year!

–The TSB Staff, North Pomfret, Vermont

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Few out there would deny delighting in the season’s first snowfall. Horses, too, find it an excuse to be young again and enjoy a roll, a buck, a frolic.

We wish all of you a joyful holiday season and hope you, like our horses, get a chance to kick up your heels.

Click the image below to see the TSB herd reveling in Vermont’s first snow.

Click the image above to watch our First Snow Short Story.

Click the image above to watch our First Snow Short Story.

 

Be Merry,

The TSB Staff, North Pomfret, Vermont

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Who among us doesn’t remember the ache of wanting, wishing, hoping, even believing that THIS year would be the year that Santa persuaded a pony to wait quietly and patiently under the tree until Christmas morning? It is not a wish unique to one girl or boy, or to one particular state or country. The truth is, there are far more pony dreams out there than Santa’s (probably) palomino-centric breeding facility can fulfill.

If it’s been a while since you remembered the longing you once felt—back before hiking through the snow each morning to feed became more of a chore than a celebration—or if you can’t even remember life before horses…or perhaps if you long ago shelved riding fantasies alongside your worn copies of National Velvet and Thunderhead, take a moment to share in these real-life, pony presents. I promise, it will all come right back to you.

At Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, we might not be able to fill holiday orders for ponies, but we can help prepare horse lovers of all ages, interests, and experience levels for the horse of their dreams, whenever and wherever he finally appears.

Visit our online store now to browse our fantastic selection of horse books and DVDs. You can still get FREE shipping in the US in time for Christmas…and we promise our products sit very quietly and patiently under the tree.

 

The Pony with the Middle Name

 

2  The Girl Who Can’t Believe It

 

3  The Dance and the Tears

 

Roxy

 

5  Oh My Gosh, It’s a Pony!

 

6  And We’ll Leave You with…Hannah’s Surprise

 

 

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Join Trafalgar Square Books in making a donation to help support the 23 horses seized from a Woodstock farm last week.

Join Trafalgar Square Books in making a donation to help support the 23 horses seized from a Woodstock farm last week.

 

On Thursday, November 13, twenty-three Arabian horses were seized from a farm in Woodstock, Vermont, where they were found in dark stalls, standing in several feet of manure, emaciated and eating the wooden doors and siding of the stable in a feeble attempt to sustain themselves. The horses are currently housed on the grounds of Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, where veterinarians and volunteers are working with the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society to nurse them back to health in the hopes that most of them will go on to find new homes and better lives.

The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is in desperate need of assistance in supporting this effort. Please join Trafalgar Square Books in making a donation–they are seeking monetary aid, volunteers to help care for and handle the horses, as well as feed and bedding.

For details on how you can help CLICK HERE.

We all have so much to be thankful for…let’s join together to pay it forward and give these deserving horses full meals, clean stalls, and kind hands.

CLICK HERE TO HELP NOW

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As we cross into the land of “hundreds of thousands” of faithful blog readers, TSB just wants to say thank you! We hope your visits to the TSB blog provide you great riding, training, and horse-care tips, as well as information about exciting equine events around the world, fun glimpses behind-the-barn-doors in the lives of top riders and horse experts, and up-close-and-personal interviews and features with our amazingly diverse, talented, and experienced authors.

Trafalgar Square Books and our online storefront www.HorseandRiderBooks.com remains devoted to providing horse lovers everywhere with the very best in riding and horsemanship education. As a thank you for visiting us as you further your equestrian skills and knowledge, please use this coupon on your next book or DVD purchase:

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TSB Mothers Day

 

We never forget our mothers’ advice…

Thank you to all the mothers out there who read us horse stories,

held ponies in the dust, heat, chill, and rain,

and still remind us to lift our feet up when we trot.

Happy Mother’s Day from Trafalgar Square Books.

http://www.HorseandRiderBooks.com

Photo of mare and foal by Keron Psillas. Keron’s photographs are featured in the books THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS and MEDITATION FOR TWO, published by Trafalgar Square Books. See more of Keron’s fantastic work at keronpsillas.com.

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A modern-day challenge it is not—in fact, odds are it has existed as long as there has been the interactive equation of human-and-horse.

What do you do when your one true love truly divides her or his loyalties between two? That is, between you and a four-legged paramour with hay-scented breath and a tendency toward gaseousness?

Rule #1, perhaps to the dismay of many freshly entrapped in the web of human-human-equine devotion, is: Never attempt to come between a horseman or woman and his or her horse—regardless of the holiday.

In other words, to demand a choice this coming Valentine’s Day ala “It’s me or the horse!” practically bangs the nail in your heart-shaped coffin.

Oh yes, you may argue the horse requires sacrifice of a far more frequent and significant nature. But be warned: That will only drive your lover further from your arms (straight into a certain warm-and-hairy embrace, to be exact).

So how to romance the horse lover? How to shower affection on the object of your desire who so boldly shares his or her affections with another? Here are a few tips from those of us at Trafalgar Square Books who assure you that if you’re more than willing to “give,” the “release” will be well worth the wait.

 

5 Tips for Romancing the Horse Lover

 DON’T wrinkle or hold your nose, or make a face, when entering your horse lover’s car or truck.

Extra Cupid Points: This Valentine’s Day, vacuum and clean the interior of the vehicle but DO NOT throw away any mysterious bits of leather or metal. Gather unidentifiable items into a shallow plastic garment bin with a cover and LEAVE IT IN THE AUTOMOBILE—your Valentine will appreciate the attempt at organization, even if it doesn’t last (but he or she will never forgive you if a slobber strap or replacement billet has gone missing when it is needed).

 

2  DO offer to stop by the barn and “just say hi” to you-know-who, but respect your Valentine’s need for “horse space and time”—that is, quiet time, away from it all, with only a four-legged partner to talk to. All of us need a way to decompress and clarify what’s important in life.

Extra Cupid Points: This Valentine’s Day, buy your special someone chocolates, and grab a supersize bag of carrots at the grocery store, while you’re at it. Tie a red ribbon around the top and voila! You’re on your way toward winning two hearts over!

 

3  DON’T roll your eyes at, laugh at, or otherwise mock the strange titles, headlines, and topic names of interest in horse-related books and magazines your horse lover regularly reads. Believe it or not, “The Lowdown on Sheath and Udder Cleaning” contains knowledge essential to Senor Forelock’s health and comfort, and “Manure Maintenance Misconceptions” may yield the secret to stifling the stench so often attached to “the boots in the hall.”

Extra Cupid Points: Buy a subscription to the equestrian magazine that caters to your Valentine’s favorite breed or discipline of choice, or (even better!) give her/him a Trafalgar Square Books Gift Certificate. There are many (to you, perhaps, befuddling) types of equestrian-related publications out there, and they all provide the kind of “continuing education” your love will happily pursue, while blowing kisses your way from the back of you-know-who.

 

4  DO volunteer to drive the rig, hold the horse, carry the hay, man the gate, fix the fence, build the shed, shovel the…well, you get the picture.

Extra Cupid Points: Take care of the evening feed that cold night when he/she is going to be home late from work. You can love your horse, and STILL be thankful to come right inside a warm house and a glass of wine instead of feeling your way to the barn in the dark and breaking 2 inches of ice off frozen water buckets.

 

5  DON’T micromanage your horse lover’s finances. Trust me, there’s little about it you’ll like, but it is commonly accepted by most in the equine industry at the outset that owning and riding horses is a financially devastating set of circumstances. If you’re devoted to your true love, and he/she’s devoted to her horse, the hours will be long and many to earn Handsome’s board and tuition while keeping a roof over your own heads.

Extra Cupid Points: A gift certificate to a local tack shop supports a small business AND puts a smile on your Valentine’s face. Go ahead, throw some more money out the stall window.

 

Love each other, love your horses. Here’s to planning and having a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Trafalgar Square Books is the leading publisher of horse books and DVDs. CLICK HERE to shop our online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Solstice has passed…we’ve turned the corner and we’re headed toward longer days and a whole New Year. At Trafalgar Square Books, we took a look back at the books we published and DVDs we released over the last 12 months to remind ourselves what we learned about improving horse-and-rider partnerships and performance in 2013.

 

ModEventwPhilDut-300From MODERN EVENTING WITH PHILLIP DUTTON:

“No matter how good your coach is, he or she cannot help you if you are not willing to put yourself out there and learn. There is an art to being a good student and to listening and accepting criticism without taking it personally…If you want to really succeed, you need to make your coach feel truly a part of your riding career.”

 

Dressage-w-MBS-300From DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL:

“When grooming a horse it is common, I find, for the base rings for cross-ties to be positioned high on walls (or posts, depending on stable design). This is often combined with very short lengths of rope or flat nylon, usually only just long enough to reach and clip to the side rings on a standard halter with a little sag or ‘give’ on each side…this practice holds most horses in an unnatural position. The horse’s head is held so the neck is above the parallel (or almost parallel) line from the withers commonly seen in the horse at rest. This results in tension from the poll to the croup and encourages an ‘upside-down’ neck and hollow back…Over time, this habitual positioning has a bad effect on the musculature necessary for the horse to round and work over the back.”

 

KnowYouKnowYrHorse250From KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE:

“Introverts tend to prefer a horse that will do the task fluidly but with less speed and more perfection. They like control—precision riding, for example. They want their horse to be proficient at lateral movement, stopping, backing up, or ‘putting his nose’ where asked. Introverted riders are known to be very quiet with their body language, with quiet hands, and not aggressive with their movement. Any horse they ride needs to be receptive to subtle body and leg cues.”

 

From GEORGE MORRIS: TEACHING AND TRAINING THE AMERICAN WAY DVD:

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From GEORGE MORRIS: DRESSAGE FOR JUMPERS DVD:

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From FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION WITH CYNTHIA HANKINS DVD:

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From THE AMERICAN HUNTER/JUMPER FORWARD RIDING SYSTEM DVD SERIES:

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CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW TRAILER

 

balanced-horse-cover-300From THE BALANCED HORSE:

“It is not always understood that the more collected the horse, the more precarious his base of support. This requires a lot of trust—the horse is literally putting himself at our disposal—so we must treat this with respect. If you have difficulty with this concept, then consider the opposite. A young horse at halt with a rider on his back will generally try to spread his weight over all four limbs. You could compare the balance to that of a table—a leg in each corner. This is a very safe position from the horse’s point of view…At the other end of the scale is the fully collected horse….provided we ourselves stay erect and central to the movement, the horse will [still] feel safe.”

 

Riding-Barranca-final-300From RIDING BARRANCA:

“While I love the silence of riding by myself, I also enjoy showing family and friends my favorite spots, exploring new places I wouldn’t dare go to alone, riding at dawn or under a full moon, meandering beside the Sonoita Creek where one can wander in and out of the water beneath the carved out bluffs, lying down in a field of wildflowers and dozing off in the sun, or finding a surprising, fresh trail. But the familiar can also be comforting. My familiar horses are my greatest solace, along with my old broken-in saddle and well-worked reins.”

 

RiddenPLC-300From RIDDEN: DRESSAGE FROM THE HORSE’S POINT OF VIEW:

“Likening ‘being ridden’ to learning to ski occurred to me when I started teaching my students comparative movement and the systematic evolution of training from the horse’s perspective. Just as the advanced skier becomes accustomed to the sensation of gliding down a mountain on a pair of skis attached to her legs, so the dressage horse can learn to move forward with power, swing, and harmony with a rider on his back. The skier who can use her knees and hips well and has sufficient conditioning can make skilled and fluid changes of direction, even on difficult terrain. It is the same for a dressage horse: the better the horse can shift his weight to his hindquarters by flexing his haunches and the better condition he is in, the smaller the turns (all the way up to pirouettes) he can make while maintaining impulsion and balance.”

 

Philosophy-300From CLINTON ANDERSON’S PHILOSOPHY:

“I don’t want you to be a wimp or a barbarian. I want you to be effective and to stay in the middle of the scale. If you want your horse to understand what you’re asking him to do, you have to be effective. The best way to turn your horse into a willing partner is to be a great leader. How do you become a great leader? By being black and white with no shades of gray. You’ll make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Just because you want to be in the middle of the scale doesn’t mean that you get to stay there all of the time. The middle of the training scale is like a line drawn in the sand. If your horse is disrespectful toward you and doesn’t pay attention, you’ll step toward the harder side of that line. Once you get his attention, you can jump back to the easier side.”

 

From HORSE AGILITY: THE DVD:

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CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW TRAILER

 

JumpCourseDesignManual-300From JUMP COURSE DESIGN MANUAL:

“Setting related fences at angles that are at least 180 degrees to each other makes the approach to the next jump, as well as the subsequent track that you take when you land and canter away from it, much easier. Wider angles allow you a much better chance of setting your horse up to be straight to the second jump (perpendicular to its center, which is best), and keep the flow of the course much smoother. In order to determine the angle between two jumps, visualize a line extending straight out from the poles of each obstacle, creating a virtual angle that you can then measure.”

 

pressure-proof-cover-300From PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING:

“Writing your goals down on paper also stimulates a portion of your brain called the reticular activating system, the same area responsible for awareness. This means that writing goals not only makes them more memorable, it also makes you more conscious and aware of them. It stimulates the portions of your brain responsible for thinking, seeing, and writing. Read the words of your goals out loud and the areas of the brain that control speech and hearing will also be engaged. Obviously, the more areas of the brain you stimulate the more effective your goals will become.”

 

AlchemyofLightnessFinal-300From THE ALCHEMY OF LIGHTNESS:

“When we go through the learning process with the horse—that is, creating our partnership with him, learning to dance with him, and to communicate with him both in and out of the saddle—we have to learn the basics. It is like when we learn to play the piano, and we are first taught where to place our fingers. Once we get the basic mechanics of moving our fingers, it becomes automatic—we do not even have to think about it anymore…Riding a horse is the same. We have to learn the basics first until gradually, our physicality is automated and we are ‘doing’ less and less. Then we can arrive at a certain spot where we start to feel.”

 

SufferinginSilencePLC-300From SUFFERING IN SILENCE:

“Along with ‘trainable’ or conditioned reflexes, both horse and human have many parasympathetic, non-consciously controllable reflex points, where the muscles react to a stimulus of nerves…A saddle that sits on one of the horse’s specific reflex points can cause many problems. As with humans, the equine spinal column has nerve ends, which protrude between each of its vertebrae. Some of these are actual reflex points, and depending on the length of the horse’s saddle-support area, there are between four and six of these along each side of the backbone…Using even light pressure you will be able to observe a very subtle muscular reaction and ‘flicking of the skin’; using greater pressure to approximate the feel of a saddle under a light rider causes the horse to drop his back.”

 

From DRESSAGE MOVEMENTS REVEALED DVD:

 

40-5-Min-Jump-Fix-300From 40 5-MINUTE JUMPING FIXES:

“When the rider’s lower back and pelvis are correctly aligned she can let go of counter-productive tension in the hips and legs, thus unifying her body with that of the horse in order to remain with him over fences. Her weight becomes part of the system of horse and rider, allowing the horse to use himself more fully without rider interference over the jumps, and providing her with a much greater ability to guide, balance and correct the horse when necessary between fences. When the lower back and pelvis are not correctly aligned, a rider has to use more muscle strength in the torso as well as gripping power in the legs to remain with the horse’s body or suffer the consequences of being jostled forward and back over the fence—or even falling off.”

 

You can check out all our latest and greatest books and DVDs online by CLICKING HERE.

A very happy 2014 to all, from the TSB staff!

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