World-Class Braiding and Pilates for Horses

Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com) is pleased to announce the release of two new instructional books: World-Class Braiding—Manes & Tails and Pilates for Horses.

Professional grooms Cat Hill and Emma Ford, co-authors of the bestselling World-Class Grooming for Horses, have braided thousands of horses for a variety of disciplines over the course of their esteemed careers in the equestrian industry. Now they’ve highlighted those skills in World-Class Braiding—Manes & Tails,  conceived to be a helpful barn companion—one you can take with you and keep in your tack trunk, providing a go-to reference whenever you need it. Chock full of full-color photographs that illustrate every step of the process, readers learn techniques for:

  • Braiding down—a nice, tight, smooth braid is the key to a sophisticated finish.
  • Using thread, yarn, or rubber bands.
  • Properly finishing and removing braids to avoid hair damage.
  • Button braids two ways.
  • Hunter braids.
  • Running braids.
  • Unpulled manes and long manes.
  • Braiding forelocks.

With their expertise, top-tier standards, and trademark clarity as professionals who have made teaching their trade an integral part of their lives, Hill and Ford provide everything you need to know to turn a horse out with professional polish, ready to impress the judges and wow the crowds.

48 pages | 100 color photos | Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK3gSESS_N8

As a Pilates teacher for humans, horsewoman and eventer Laura Reiman has seen first-hand how consistent, quality exercise can ward off strain and injury, as well as heal. When her young horse was diagnosed with extreme back pain and a neurological disease, she turned to her knowledge of Pilates—the method she’d used to ease back pain in human clients for years—for help. She began to find ways to “bridge the gap” between the horse’s mind and body to help increase his body awareness and core engagement.

The result is Pilates for Horses: a cohesive series of original exercises that can be taken in parts or as a whole and seamlessly incorporated into an existing training program. This program can be used as a preventive tool to increase the horse’s strength, balance, mobility, and stability, or it can be a framework for a new program to help ease a horse back into work following an injury or time off.

200 pages | 150 color photos & illustrations | Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrW6p-ImoFk

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

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