What Horses Really Want…and How to Tame Your Lizard Brain

When the focus in the relationship with a horse is on what we want from the horse, his compliance becomes the measure of success, and what he thinks and feels is often overlooked. Is he calm, confident, and trusting? Or anxiously wishing he could escape? His behavior, performance, and reliability—in whatever discipline we prefer or equestrian sport we pursue—depend on the answers to those questions.

Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com) is pleased to announce the release of WHAT HORSES REALLY WANT by horsewoman Lynn Acton.Horses want security and social bonds. They want leaders they trust to protect them—not only from danger, but from stress. When we provide this security, they accept our rules. This not only puts us in charge, it makes our leadership more effective because we do not force it on them; they seek it. The result is less anxiety, fewer behavior problems, more efficient learning, and better reliability. Acton refers to this relationship as Protector Leadership because being the “protector” is the foundation. Building methodology based on time-tested training theories that we are often exposed to in bits and pieces, Acton shows why Protector Leadership works and how to make it work for us, fitting the separate pieces together, and illustrating the connections with practical examples of real horses in everyday life.

288 pages | 191 color photographs 

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1v8C_y5Qns&feature=emb_logo

Plus, the bestselling BRAIN TRAINING FOR RIDERS is now available in audiobook format! Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the "Lizard Brain" that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your "Rational Brain" can effectively "shut down" and you are at the mercy of a reptile...dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly—even though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or "stressful" riding situations.

But here's the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Waldo, a riding instructor and former psychotherapist, teaches you how to: handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of "Focused Calm" and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.

Audiobook | 6 hours, 14 minutes

Listen to an excerpt here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoHk4cLiDcw&feature=emb_logo 

For more information about these books or the authors, contact rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com.

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