HorseandRiderBooks.com is the storefront for Trafalgar Square Books of North Pomfret, Vermont—a small, privately-owned publisher of fine equestrian books and DVDs, craft books, and selected other titles. Trafalgar Square’s owners, Caroline and Ted Robbins, moved to a farm in North Pomfret—a rural community of around 200 residents, nestled in the hills surrounding the better-known (and larger) town of Woodstock—in the early 1970s, and established the Trafalgar Square offices and warehousing facilities in part of the farmhouse and the barns on the property. The publishing company still thrives, along with horses and Scottish Highland cattle, on the farm today.
When you buy books and DVDs from HorseandRiderBooks.com, you buy from the source. You can trust that we believe in what we publish, and we sell what we feel is top-quality equestrian education. We take great pride in our string of motivated, talented authors. These individuals are the movers, shakers, and hard-working professionals—riders, trainers, behaviorists, vets, practitioners, therapists, farriers, and sometimes, just ordinary horse-lovers—who inspire us to include horses as part of our own life and who teach us how to be better friends, caregivers, and educators when interacting with them.
Although rich in history and one that has stood the test of time, the horse-and-rider relationship is constantly challenged by our lack of common language, by our instinctual differences, and by the sources that serve to motivate human beings—money, prizes, and fame, for example. Goals and desire are in general positive characteristics, but when taken in concert with the care and training of another living being—in this case, the beautiful and complex horse—we must be constantly aware of the impact of our choices upon him. It is our belief that the Trafalgar Square authors remind us of this responsibility and provide us the tools we need to “reach for the stars” while keeping our feet planted firmly in a grassy field! With their help, we can ride better; teach our horses to perform better; feed them and house them more in accordance to their needs; care for them when they fall ill and help them recover from injury; and above all, treat them in a fair and just manner, as they deserve.
It is our honor at Trafalgar Square Books to serve the horse industry to the best of our ability, and to provide horse lovers the world over with beautiful, highly illustrated, well-written books and engaging DVDs to supplement their growth and development as horsemen and women. We hope our books and DVDs help you in your pursuit of a joyful life with horses.
Simplify Your Riding Series - Ride Like a Natural Part 3: Get on the Equiball™
Exercises for building strength and stability on the ground that can help you in the saddle.
Wendy Murdoch, an internationally recognized equestrian author, instructor and clinician for over 23 years, teaches her students how to do what great riders do naturally. Wendy's desire to understand the function of both horse and human and love of teaching capitalizes on the most current learning theories in order show riders how to exceed their own expectations.
In 1984, while attaining her master's degree in equine reproductive physiology Wendy suffered a severe riding accident. Her self-rehabilitation started a quest to understand and answer the question of how to ride pain free, using the body as it was designed. Wendy's uncanny ability to find and study with the best people in a variety of fields and her profound curiosity make her unique.
Her studies include apprenticeship with Sally Swift, extensive training with Linda Tellington-Jones, Dr. Joyce Harman, Jon Zahourek (Anatomy in Clay®) and Dr. Hilary Clayton. To help her guide students towards better function Wendy became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and continues her study with Dr. Feldenkrais' first assistant, Mia Segal. Her fascination with the mind/body connection between horse and rider has led her explore courses outside the equine world and bring that information to her students.
Wendy combines her creative talents with her scientific training to break down larger concepts of riding into simple easy to do exercises for students of all ages, abilities and disciplines. Her ability to make learning enjoyable, engaging and fun through in-depth presentations both mounted and unmounted, which are easy to comprehend, helps her students connect the dots and achieve their goals.
Wendy writes articles for a wide variety of magazines and is a regular contributor to Eclectic Horseman Magazine. She is author of Simplify Your Riding and the Ride Like a Natural Part 1–3 DVD series. For more information go to www.murdochmethod.com.