Sometimes I need to just write about nothing. No dentistry articles, gut digestion things, husbandry ideas or thoughts about our profession. According to a book I’m reading called “Mastery” by Robert Greene, all people who want to be great thinkers need to stop every once in a while and go walk the dog. Or play the violin or squeeze a rubber ball or just do anything except what I should do.

But I’m at 37,000 feet over the western mountains in a plane full of people and I left all those things at home The book “Mastery” is very good and I’d recommend it along with Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” if you want to know the secret of doing well at anything you are attempting to do. My wife had found it and I really didn’t want to listen to it until I saw the actor, Fred Sanders, who read it on Audible. He and I went to high school together along with his brother Jay O Sanders, also a reader as well as a TV and movie actor. You all have seen him at least once as he has been in an assortment of things.

I ran into Jay at Newark airport in New Jersey a few years back. We were alone at the baggage claim and I went up to say hi. He didn’t remember me and snubbed me like a groupie until I said some facts he couldn’t ignore like playing football together and singing in choir and concert choir together.

Anyway, it is because of Fred reading this book that I discovered why my life has proceeded through stages in my 34 years of floating teeth. It will also help you understand why you have not achieved mastery in what you are doing – or worse – suffering through a painful or frustrating life.

Some other books you might want to read are:

• Mo Gawdat’s “Solve For Happy” – an excellent look at the subject.
• Dave Asprey’s “Head Strong” – discover how bacteria and mitochondria run our lives.
• Steven Gundry MD’s “The Plant Paradox” – how plants are trying to kill us.
• Mark Sisson’s “The Keto Reset Diet” – the alternative fuel for our bodies.
• Tom Brady’s “The TB12 Method” – pliability leading to less soft tissue breakdown.
• Tony Robbin’s “Unshakable” – the truth about retirement financing.

All of these books will help answer some questions all horse owners have about helping them and themselves become healthier and more alive.

I will throw in some BarnPics™ from this year. Photography is my outlet appeasing my creative side with just enough science to keep it interesting. Have a great holiday season!

Click the gallery below to see some of my 2017 images – enjoy!


  1. thank you for keeping me posted regarding the books I am an avid fan of
    have a great Christmas

  2. Thanks to you and Melissa for great care of my horse..I really enjoyed your photos!

  3. Doc- thanks for the must read list. I’m currently reading ” The PerfectHorse ” by Elizabeth Letts. It’s an heartbreaking story about the Arabians and Lipizzaner horses that were slaughtered and kidnapped by the Nazis. May a Merry Christmas. The kids are too cute. Thanks for all you do. Yvonne

  4. Love all the book advice, but who are these beautiful children! The little cowboy is just over the top cute!!

  5. Pls. add these invaluable books to your reading library. I promise, you wll not be disappointed. “Beautiful Jim Key” by Mim Eichler Rivas, “The Complete Training of Horse and Rider” by Alois Podhajsky, “What Horses Reveal” Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, “Tug of War” by Dr. Gerd Heuschnn & “The Lame Horse” by Dr. James R. Rooney. This list is by no means exhausted, but in my opinion, these should be included in the library of every serious horse owner,trainer,rider,groom, etc. Merry Chrismas to all & happy riding, driving, or what ever one does!

  6. Great insight Thankyou for the article as I have read your work the stories photography also that I really enjoy
    Battle my old senior is still around he is approx 32 now ❤️

  7. Ok have to be a smart Alec. If your listening to it then you are not reading it 😋.

    1. Actually I listen to these books 2 to 4 times and I have the physical books too. At diner tonight I had Mastery and was underlining it to use for the school.

      So,….. :-p


  8. Hi Doc T. Mastery is available as a kindle book on Amazon. They have a free kindle app that you can download on any or all of your devices to read the book. The devices auto sync so you can pick up on one where you left off on another. This way you can read it anywhere even when you forget the paperback.

    1. Excellent!!! Thanks! And it Penguin audible version is read by my high school classmate. He is by far the best narrator I have ever heard.

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