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Here you will find a large and carefully chosen selection of fine horse books and horse DVDs, horse videos and CDs. In our effort to offer quality books about modern horsemanship, horse communication, training and riding, we import, distribute and publish select new and old titles.
    
We carry many horse books and horse DVDs about classical equitation, dressage, all equestrian sports, trail riding, smooth gaited horses and the free roaming Mustangs of the West.

Our selection partially focuses on all aspects of horses of Iberian ancestry, their history and traditions. This includes the Spanish Andalusian, Portuguese Lusitano, Azteca.
   
Our product line offers over 1500 horse book and horse DVD titles in an easy to use secure shopping cart. We have published, sold and shipped many thousands of horse books and DVDs worldwide to over 40 different countries from USA and Canada to Argentina, Australia, Germany and South Africa, from Turkey and Romania to the Falkland Islands and many more.

 

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OUR LATEST RELEASES & TITLES

 

Vaquero # 6 - "Tierra Encantado"

Four hundred years ago, the Spaniards introduced El Caballo – The horse – to the American southwest.

This noble creature changed the vast new land. He gave the Native Americans power and mobility. He provided the underpinnings for a great ranching culture. Along with the horse, the Spaniards brought branding and ranching techniques still practiced on the great spreads of New Mexico – the Bell, the Pecos, the Conchas, San Cristobal and the Sanchez ranch. It’s here in New Mexico where Spanish, Indian and Anglo come together, each preserving their own traditions, but forging a colorful culture unique to Tierra Encantado – the enchanted land.

Price ; $19.95 plus s/h.


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$ 145.00 for the 9-DVD set + handling + $ 5.00 for shipping.

 

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Vaquero # 7 - "MULA"

To most people, the mule is a mystery. They make fun of his long ears and raucous voice, declare authoritatively how  “stubborn” he his, even confuse him with the fuzzy little burro.

What makes mule people such staunch advocates of this long-eared critter?

Thousands of mules carried trade goods on the twelve-hundred-mile Old Spanish Trail. He was worth ten times the price of a horse and men went to any length – even stealing and risking their lives – to get one. They knew that with the mule’s superior intelligence, sense of self-preservation and amazing endurance, he was a breed apart. And when the job was tough, you couldn’t have a tougher or more willing partner.

Price ; $19.95 plus s/h.


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Vaquero #8 - "Texas Cowpuncher" -Part 1

The Texas Puncher cut his teeth roping with longhorns. Then driving them east on the Opelousas Trail to New Orleans through treacherous swamps and rivers. Years later, he headed them north to the rail heads.

When the big ranches – XIT, Matador Pitchfork and 06 were established, he had wild country to contend with……cavernous canyons, rivers with quicksand, mesquite thickets that tore his gear apart and cows determined never to be tamed.

This was reflected in his gear and the way he works. He packs a short rope and ties hard and fast. He uses split reins and thinks a spade bit belongs in a museum. He wears leggings heavy as armor and thinks silver is useless adornment. And he’s always in a hurry to get the job done before the midday sun reaches it’s broiling point.

Price ; $19.95 plus s/h.


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Vaquero #9 - "Texas Cowpuncher" -Part 2

Texas Cowpunchers come in many forms, born by the chunk of country he calls home. Down in the Gulf country, Cowboys on horseback can get ornery crossbred Brahmas to do most anything, even swimming the Intercoastal Waterway to winter grazing grounds.

Further inland, they rely on their dogs “to bay up” the cattle in the swamps and woodlands, and watch out for the occasional alligator. In the brush country, cattle hide in the thorny mesquite thickets, but fearless Brush Poppers charge right in after them.

And in West Texas, branding takes weeks as Punchers move from camp to camp with the wagon and a hundred-horse remuda. The day begins before sunup and doesn’t finish until two gathers and two brandings are done. In this country, there is a Code Of Conduct, and breaking it has “consequences”.

Price ; $19.95 plus s/h.


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EXTREME TRAIL-A Mark Bolender Clinic

Partner up with your horse with 3 time National Extreme Trail Grand Champion Mark Bolender.

2 DVD's - Part 1, Groundwork;  Part 2, Riding Mountain Trails.

Price ; $75.00 plus s/h.


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Philippe Karl & High Noon

A French riding master & his Hanoverian. 20 months of trusting collaboration

 

Be inspired by the riding philosophy of "legrete". Get close up to the action in Part-1 of this highly instructive documentary film where the young Hanoverian Gelding "High Noon" goes through his first two years of basic training with the renowned French riding master. Phillipe Karl trains him in lunge rein, in hand, and in the saddle with respect, esteem, and expertise. Enjoy their work together, from young horse to the first piaffe strides, based on trust.

 

Price; $49.95 plus s/h.


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Bringing It Together - An Approach To A Lighter And Happier Dressage Horse 

(Book with Instructional DVD included.)

 

Whether a person is interested in a traditional bridal horse in the Vaquero style, or a grand prix dressage horse, there are universal truths about horses that can be applied to help the horse better understand what we'd like him to do, yet allow him to enjoy his work.

 

While reading this, don't try to reconcile some vast gulf between particular riding disciplines, but embrace the lifetime of experience Ellen and Betty are sharing, which makes all good horsemanship a "kinship".

 

Price; $49.95 plus $7.75 s/h

 

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Balancing Act

The Horse in Sport -- An Irreconcilable Conflict?


by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

In his long-awaited follow-up book, Dr. Heuschmann explores what it means to be a “responsible rider,” and asks whether, in today’s society, it is indeed possible for riders in any horse sport to put the good of the horse first and foremost—most pointedly above ambition and fame.

With fabulous art to help show the anatomy of the horse and how it is impacted by various riding techniques, as well as further proof that—although some steps have been taken to prevent the use of forceful and cruel techniques in the training of top horses—many sport horses still perform in pain and discomfort, this book is sure to follow in its bestselling predecessor’s footsteps. Dr. Heuschmann’s arguments are based in his experience as a veterinarian and his knowledge of the working equine’s body, and are certain to ring true with every serious rider who also claims to be an avid horse lover.

DR. GERD HEUSCHMANN trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before qualifying for veterinary study at Munich University. There he specialized in equine orthopedics for two years before accepting a post as the head of the breeding department at the German FN, which he eventually left to start his own practice in Warendorf. He has been an active member of the “hyperflexion” (previously referred to as Rollkur) debate, weighing in at the 2005 USDF National Symposium and the 2006 FEI Veterinary and Dressage Committees’ Workshop. His book Tug of War and his DVD If Horses Could Speak are international bestsellers.


Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256

Illustrations: 150 color photos & drawings

 

Price: $34.95 plus s/h.

Shipping Weight: 2.38 pounds

 

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Cowboy Dressage with Eitan Beth-Halachmy

Poetry In Motion II

"The Partnership"

 

Price ; $35.00 plus s/h.


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Cowboy Dressage: Understanding Horsemanship from the Inside Out

by Eitan Beth-Halachmy

This manual originally started, as a follow along that would compliment what I teach at my clinics, school and on my DVDs. It covers footfalls, cadence, anatomy and basic maneuvers and exercises for a supple, balanced and happy horses. I have added numerous detailed diagrams in the hope that this information will be made simpler for the reader. As with many of my projects it took on a life of it’s own and grew beyond it’s original intentions. In completion I feel it is now a work that stands on its own and can enrich any horseperson from any discipline or at any level. It contains some of my training basics and much of what I feel is important and valuable for those seeking more refinement and growth in their horsemanship.

This 42 page spiral bound manual compliments Eitan's clinics, school and both Poetry In Motion and Building the Foundation DVDs.

Format: Spiral Bound
Pages: 42

 

Price: $45.00 plus s/h.

 

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Art of the Lusitano

by Pedro Yglésias de Oliveira

In the 18th century, the Lusitano was considered the best saddle horse in the world. This book combines illustrations from that century and contemporary art to portray the journey of this great breed through history. The original illustrations from Manoel Carlos de Andrade’s 18th century monumental text, Luz da Liberal, e Nobre Arte da Cavallaria, act as backdrops for the stars of today’s Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Today's living equestrian art juxtapose with the engraving art of the 18th century show amazing likenesses. The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art does a fantastic job of keeping traditional Portuguese equitation alive and thriving. The second part of the book features today's competitive Lusitano stallions and their accomplished riders set in front of gorgeous colorful contemporary paintings. Pedro Yglésias de Oliveira is the official photographer of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

This is an art book, a breed book, and true inspiration! Full color, hard cover.

Price ; $49.95 plus s/h.
 

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From the Real Picaria of the 18th Century to the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art

 

by Pedro Yglesias de Oliveira and Emilia Celestino da Costa

 

In re-creating the prestigious Real Picaria, the 18th century Equestrian Academy of the Portuguese Royal Court, the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art continues one of the oldest and most brilliant Portuguese traditions.

 

Since ancient times, Portugal has cultured a fondness for horses and their uses. In the 15th century, Dom Duarte, King of Portugal published the first treatise on riding. It was from the Iberian Peninsula that the principles of Equestrian Art reached Renaissance Italy, and later spread  to the rest of the civilized world.

 

Since bullfighting on horseback has been in continuous practice on the Iberian Peninsula, the same type of horses, the way of riding, the saddles, and the costumes that were used in the 18th century have been maintained, inspiring the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

 

This book is a tribute to the beautiful Lusitano horse, and to all equestrians who, over the centuries, and in spite of variable circumstances, have protected and disseminated the Portuguese equestrian traditions, especially those now practiced at the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

 

Full color, hard cover.

Price ; $49.95 plus s/h.


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THE SCHOOL OF LEGERETE-  Part 1
by
Philippe Karl

 

80 minute DVD.

 

Philippe Karl, master of equitation and advocate of “légèreté“ (lightness) is a world renowned rider, trainer, and classical instructor. In his clinics he sensitively teaches the basics of classic equitation. This DVD series allows you to watch Philippe Karl work with his pupils, all of whom are licensed and future instructors of his School of Légèreté. He teaches average riders on a variety of horses—from appealing cart horses to eager Haflingers to noble equine competitors. Karl expressively adapts his teaching to the individual training standard of each horse-and-rider combination.

In both Part 1 and Part 2, all areas important to the systematic training of the horse are developed. This includes:

  • Bending work
  • Work in-hand
  • The development of stretching into self-carriage under saddle
  • Lateral movements up to the preparation and development of piaffe and passage

Because of the array of teaching situations and the diversity of different horse-and-rider combinations, every rider, regardless of ability or experience, can easily understand these DVDs and find valuable solutions for their riding.

Price ; $49.95 plus s/h.

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THE SCHOOL OF LEGERETE  -  Part 2
by
Philippe Karl

 

80 minute DVD.

 

Philippe Karl, master of equitation and advocate of “légèreté“ (lightness) is a world-renowned rider, trainer, and classical instructor. In his clinics he sensitively teaches the basics of classic equitation. This DVD series allows you to watch Philippe Karl work with his pupils, all of whom are licensed and future instructors of his School of Légèreté. He teaches average riders on a variety of horses—from appealing cart horses to eager Haflingers to noble equine competitors. Karl expressively adapts his teaching to the individual training standard of each horse-and-rider combination.

 

In both Part 1 and Part 2, all areas important to the systematic training of the horse are developed. This includes:

  • Beginning exercises that stimulate the horse’s mouth

  • Bending work

  • Work in-hand

  • The development of stretching into self-carriage under saddle

  • Lateral movements up to the preparation and development of piaffe and passage

Because of the array of teaching situations and the diversity of different horse-and-rider combinations, every rider, regardless of ability or experience, can easily understand these DVDs and find valuable solutions for their riding.

 

Price ; $49.95 plus s/h.


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IF HORSES COULD SPEAK
by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann


75 minutes DVD. The moving 3D-horse at walk and trot is a world novelty, which clearly depicts what happens in the horse's body with hyperflexion techniques that are currently widely rewarded in competition arenas around the world.

Everyone who loves his horse will watch this movie to understand: The rider who does not want to understand the horse's anatomy will torture his horse consciously in the future. What horseman does really want that?

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It  talks to all horse people concerned with the well being of their horse - and outlines a better path to competition riding.

 Price ; $59.95 plus s/h.


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 3-DVD SET:

BASIC TRAINING FOR RIDING HORSES

by Ingrid Klimke

In these three training DVDs, the Olympic Champion shares her key ideas for the successful training of horses. The main components include classical dressage training, pole work (cavaletti) to improve gymnastic ability, a wide variety of jump training and riding cross-country.

To learn more about these three DVDs,
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and find descriptions and ordering information.

Buy the whole set of three for $119.95. You save  $30.00.
Each DVD is available individually for $49.95.



Classical Versus Classique
with Philippe Karl and Christoph Hess

"Riding instructions or légèreté - sport or art?"

When Philippe Karl's book, "Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage” was published, feelings began to run very high. French instructor Philippe Karl (School of Légèreté) and Christoph Hess (head of the training department of the German National Equestrian Federation e.V.) have now met openly and without mincing words to discuss their individual points of view - a somewhat heated debate using actual practical examples of different riders and horses in the riding arena.


The 135 minute DVD records the meeting, organized by Claudia Sanders, with the aim of not only documenting it but also of presenting it in a completely objective manner. Everybody can and should form their own opinion as to what "classic" riding really is.

Price: $49.95 plus s/h.


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School of Classical Dressage Series
with Philippe Karl


4 individual DVDs, 46 minutes each.
To learn more about this series and the Philippe Karl method of Classical Dressage Training for Lightness, and/or to order any of the four DVDs:

Volume 1: The School of Aids
Volume 2: The School of Gymnastics
Volume 3: The School of Dance
Volume 4: Training Progress - One Year

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Empowered Horses
by Imke Spilker


Whether human or horse, feelings, posture and movement are inextricably linked. With the ability to "tap into his language" - as explained in the pages of this book - you can leave behind the demands, commands and cues you once relied on, and instead discover an unbelievable realm of sophisticated and mutually beneficial symbiosis.

Hardcover book, 8 x 10.5 in., 200 pages, 272 color photos.


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Price : $29.95 plus s/h


Gallop to Freedom
by Frederic Pignon & Magali Delgado

Now in this remarkable book, Pignon - a specialist in liberty and groundwork - and Delgado - a dressage rider at the Grand Prix level - both founders of Cavalia, combine efforts and share their secrets of the breathtaking relationships with horses they have cultivated over the course of their lives.


In a delightful narrative, readers discover how to read horse behavior and better understand their equine partners. The book includes gorgeous color photographs of the couple's horses, many of whom appeared in the spectacular Cavalia show that first made them famous.


Enjoy this video showing pictures from the book

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Price: $29.95 plus s/h..

 


Elegant Dressage Training
Volume 2 & Volume 3

by Anja Beran

To find out more about these two DVDs  and to order your copies,
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Both DVDs are 80 minutes and are
priced at
$49.95 each plus s/h.

 


Poetry in Motion
Understanding the Horse From the Ibside Out
with Eiten Beth-Halachmy


If you would like to ride a better horse, here is the pace to start. Step by step with the best horseman. See beautiful horses ridden with completely natural carriage and collection in total harmony with the rider.
Beautifully illustrated with video footage and animation, this video will help any serious rider, regardless of whether they are experts or relatively novice, to understand how they can get the most out of their mount.

The latest in the series "Cowboy Dressage"


60 minute DVD.


Price $45,00 plus


 

IMAGINE A HORSE SERIES
Using Treats as a Training Tool

Latest DVD by Allen Pogue


Food treats are used in training animals of all species. Treats can be used effectively and responsibly with horses too. This DVD presents lots of ways that food treats can be used for training horses and maintain their good behavior including methods to stop mugging.


Imagine a Horse shows you how to use food treats in under-saddle work and in trick horse training with methods that anyone can use.

45 minutes DVD
$23.75 plus s/h.


Excel at Liberty
with Brandy Worley

In this 75 minute DVD, Brandy Worley shows you how to teach your horse to work at liberty  and learn your self the basics of body language needed to work at liberty with your horse.


This is a very well done DVD showing easy to follow steps in detail.  Your horse will learn to come to you, stay with you and go out again. You will learn to lead and position your horse at liberty, to make it  move front feet and hindquarters and to back up - all at liberty. A great confidence builder for you & your horse.


75 minute DVD.


Price: $39.95 plus s/h.


Los Primeros
The First Vaqueros

by Susan Jensen & Paul Singer


This is the 5th DVD in the Vaquero Series.

The Vaquero roots go back fifteen centuries to Spain, the Moors and Mexico. He carried his bravery to the New World and had a profound influence on the Californio Vaquero and his horsemanship. Filmed in Spain, Mexico and the American West.

 

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and the 5 DVD Vaquero Series.