New! Mane Thoughts, Essays on Horsemanship 

Mane Thoughts, Essays on Horsemanship at long last combines between two covers a comprehensive collection of Tom Moates’s essays that dive into the heart of good horsemanship.  These 17 essays by one of America’s eminent equestrian writers share insights on a wide range of horse related topics including: side pulls, being particular, ground work, handling spooks on the trail, trailer loading, discerning if a problem is physical or mental...and many more.

Some of the essays are newly penned for this book.  Others are updated essays, previously published in horse magazines like Eclectic Horseman and America’s Horse.  The book includes more than 50 photographs illustrating many points.  To top it all off, that dearly loved holiday horse classic “The Year Jubal Saved Christmas” finally makes it into a book and is included in this anthology.

Mane Thoughts, Essays on Horsemanship presents many of the main ideas central to improving one’s horsemanship— ideas to help build that better relationship between horses and humans.

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The Six Colts, Two Weeks, Volume Three is now released and shipping!

As you can see, Mirage is totally enthralled. Copies are now available for order via Paypal at this link.

This hefty volume (400+ pages and 200 photos) completes the Six Colts, Two Weeks trilogy--a series eight years in the making that is a unique memoir documenting the one and only colt starting clinic taught by distinguished horsemanship clinician Harry Whitney.

"You've got to know that it can be and let it happen," is Harry Whitney's quote that begins this new book.

"You can't make it be."

This series shares a view of horsemanship that'll change how you think, how you perceive horsemanship, and how you approach horses--it surely has been a life changer for me. And as for starting colts, as Harry says, "So they're started, so they go...." And did we ever witness some amazing firsts with these six young horses! Enjoy!

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About Tom Moates

Tom Moates is a leading equestrian journalist and author.  This award winning writer is on the masthead of Equus magazine as a Contributing Writer, and his articles run in many horse magazines in the United States and abroad including: Ranch & Reata, Eclectic-Horseman, America’s Horse, and Western Horseman.  Moates’s newest book, Six Colts, Two Weeks, joins his other titles, Discovering Natural Horsemanship, A Horse’s Thought, Between the Reins, Further Along the Trail, Going Somewhere, and Passing It On, all established titles in the library of modern horsemanship literature.  A compilation of his most notable articles and essays, Round-Up: A Gathering of Equine Writings, was published in 2011.  Moates lives on a solar powered farm with his wife Carol and a herd of horses in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Book ordering info and Moates’s latest publishing news are available at


There are miles of difference between journalists and writers, between reporting and telling a story. This is a sterling example of the latter. The writer here never gets in the way of what is a most engaging tale. The writer never succumbs to sensationalism or sentimentality, easy temptations with a subject of this nature. Word selection, pacing, organization--it's all here, beautiful in its simplicity, so much hard work appearing so effortless." From American Horse Publications: regarding Moates's award winning cover feature in Equus magazine, "A Cross-Country Ride Like No Other."