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Ride Horses with Awareness and Feel

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Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Ride Horses with Awareness and Feel by Tineke and Joep Bartels. Never before has such an eclecticism been offered as one serious riding and training methodology. The book examines the myriad benefits of liberty work in developing healthy human-equine relationships. It deconstructs the popular concept of the independent seat and how the rider’s body should be used as an “instrument” that acts and reacts in harmony with the horse’s own. Finally, the Bartels share years’ of analysis involving “operant conditioning,” or training with the “question and answer method,” and the exciting and rewarding results it can yield. In addition, an intriguing and unguarded investigation of the theory of riding “deep and round” is conducted, as they explain the science behind it, what it looks like when applied correctly, and most importantly, how to know when it crosses the line from an innovative training technique to a potentially abusive device.

Once a practicing psychologist, JOEP BARTELS left the professional field when he took up riding. He has served as editor and writer for a number of equestrian magazines, and President of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, as well as authoring several books. He now dedicates his time and energy to the Academy Bartels (—a unique equestrian enterprise focused on the development of innovative educational projects for the betterment of horse and rider. TINEKE BARTELS was a successful show jumper and event rider before switching to dressage in the 1980s. She was a member of the Dutch national team for 13 years, winning two Olympic silver medals. Today she is “master coach” for the Dutch Olympic Committee, coach of the Dutch Junior and Young Riders team, and trains her daughter, Imke, silver medal winner at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. This is her third book. The Bartels live in Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands.

168 pp ∙ 7 ½ x 8 ½ ∙ 103 color photos ∙ 978 1 57076 406 6 ∙ $29.95 hc

To order contact: Trafalgar Square Books, Box 257, Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, VT 05053 800.423.4525 ∙