Latawnya should just say “neigh”

17 05 2007

This bit of surrealism via BoingBoing: Latawnya the Naughty Horse Learns to Say “No” to Drugs (1991), by Sylvia Scott Gibson, ISBN 0-533-09102-0. Latawnya meets some other young horses, experiments with drugs and booze, then realizes the error of her ways and goes home to her parents, who are proud of her for making the right choices.

But what I really want to know is this: how could an animal with hooves work a cigarette lighter?!

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Book review: Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

15 05 2007

Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
Too Many Books, So Little Time! (amen, sister) is chock fulla great book news and reviews, so of course your ‘umble correspondent had to see if she had anything for us horse lovers. Lo and behold, Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen. Crystal gives it a thumbs up; read her review.

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Does anyone remember this book?

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Does anyone remember this book?

13 05 2007

Aaaaaages ago, when I was a young Defrost still living up north, I took a horse training book out of the library which detailed the experiences the author had with an Appy or POA named Tonka. I believe he (Tonka not the author) was a stallion, and he was definitely a leopard pattern. Anyone know what book that was? Many thanks!

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Five fives

11 05 2007

Muscles of that Strawberry Roan, originally uploaded by mveaches.

How’s that for a metapost?

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Horse Passages: win a copy of this new book

29 04 2007

Horse Passages

From Deliciously Clean Reads:

GUESS WHAT? I have a copy of this book in my hands! And it’s for YOU! This is how you can become the owner of this new copy of HORSE PASSAGES by Jennifer Macaire…Simply leave a comment on any Deliciously Clean Reads post between now and Monday, April 30th. Comments can be about anything, but I would appreciate if they were relevant to the book reviewed or your feelings about Clean Reads in general. Your comment must include your name (of course, it can be just a first name, or if you’re really shy, just an online alias). Names of commenters will be tossed into a hat, and I’ll announce a winner one week from today on Tuesday, May 1st.

Sorry, time’s a bit tight, but you can still make it! You can also win a saddle through one of the latest Blog Carnival entries.

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New book: The Byerley Turk

20 03 2007

The Byerley Turk

Aussie writer Jeremy James has published a new book on one of the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred breed, the Byerley Turk. Find out more here or read an extract at HorseTalk.

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New book: I Am The Great Horse

18 03 2007

i Am The Great Horse

The Gruaniad has a review of a new book by Katherine Roberts, I Am the Great Horse, which tells the story of Alexander the Great and Macedonian history through the eyes of the conqueror’s legendary horse Bucephalus. At 544 pages, it may be a bit ambitious for the average teen, but it sounds like a worthwhile read for anyone.

If you enjoy this sort of novel, you may also be interested in Traveller by Richard Adams (author of the classic Watership Down and The Plague Dogs); Publishers Weekly describes the book as “an ironic, revisionist view of the Civil War as seen by Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller.”

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Call for submissions: A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers

13 03 2007

You Are Wonderful, originally uploaded by Ever Upward.

The bestselling Cup of Comfort book series is actively seeking inspiring true stories for six new volumes (see below). We seek narrative nonfiction stories that read like fiction. Stories must be uplifting, original, in English, typed, titled, and 1000-2000 words.

$500 grand prize; $100 ea. all other stories; copy of book. No entry fee.

Email submissions to No attachments; one submission per email. Include full name, mailing address, email address, phone number.

For detailed writer’s guidelines:

A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers

This anthology celebrating the powerful, almost magical, bond between horses and humans will feature inspiring true stories that reveal the extraordinary impact these magnificent creatures have on the people who ride, own, raise, train, race, care for, and rescue them. We want stories that portray horses as companions, helpers, messengers, healers, teachers, heroes, and inspirational forces in people’s lives as well as stories about the incredible things that people do out of love for a horse or horses.

Submission Deadline: 5/15/07

(Info via Writes Like She Talks)

New book: Guardian Angel

18 02 2007

Guardian Angel

When it came time for her victory lap, Angel, who was bursting with energy and pride, bolted to the rail at a head spinning park trot. The more she trotted the faster she seemed to go. Angel’s snorts and hoof beats sounded like music; Liz loved it. Then, the crowds seem to fade like morning mist, their cheering went with them. The moon became the sun; the camera flashes became its rays. Liz looked around, bewildered. They were in the field! She sat bareback on Angel; the bridle seemed to be the only “unwild” object around them.

Here’s the best part: this book was completed when the author, Ashley Marie Sweet, was only 12; she’s a better writer than most adults! More info here.

Clifford of Drummond Island: now with video!

17 02 2007

We continue our quest to fill the blogosphere with pro-Morgan propaganda by bringing you this video of the real-life Clifford of Drummond Island. Brains, beauty, and a puppylike desire to be with people; what more could you ask for in a breed?

New book: Give Me Mountains For My Horses

25 01 2007

Give Me Mountains For My Horses

Tom Reed has a real affinity for horses and wilderness, and it shows on every page in his true tales about trail riding, horse packing, and great mountain horses. Horse lovers will love this book, but Tom’s writing is transcendent. Even if you have never saddled up, you will be drawn into these heart-tugging stories of special horses, their remarkable abilities, and the inescapable bonds that develop between horses and humans.

More here; it’s available through Amazon.

Hunt country suspense

4 01 2007

The Chase

Don’t you hate books where people get the horsey things wrong? Jan Neuharth writes mystery/suspense books set amidst Virginia’s foxhunting circles; she also runs an equestrian centre in Virginia and is married to an MFH, so she does know whereof she writes! If you love a good whodunit with horses, these are definitely worth a look.

The Hunt

New book: Tim The Tiny Horse

20 11 2006

Tim the Tiny Horse by Harry Hill

UK comic Harry Hill has written a book called Tim the Tiny Horse:

Tim, the Tiny Horse is definitely the smallest horse you could ever find. His stable is a matchbox with a tic-tac box conservatory and with a cocktail stick, some cotton and a hawthorn berry, Tim can play swingball. In this book, you can see what it’s like being Tim: the highs and lows of trying to get into radio; making a reality TV programme; or just kicking back and enjoying a hula hoop with his best friend Fly. Then there’s the serious stuff – Tim thinking about the meaning of life and his own mortality, Tim dealing with Fly’s new girlfriend, and, of course, his passion for Anna Ford on the telly…

Available through Amazon UK. Tiny Tim!

New book: Torden, Hear The Thunder

1 11 2006


C. Kirkham has lovingly merged her literary aspirations and equestrian passions in Torden, Hear the Thunder, the first offering in a planned two-book series. This coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty, aimed at pre-teen girls and young women, springs to life against the backdrop of World War I-era Europe.

Just loooooooook at that delicious Friesian on the cover. More info at the official website, along with a sneaky peak at the book’s first chapter.

New book: Nobody’s Horses

19 10 2006

Nobody's Horses If you’re fascinated by wild horses, you may be interested in a new book by veterinarian Doug Höglund, Nobody’s Horses: The Dramatic Rescue of the Wild Herd of White Sands, which documents his efforts in 1994 to manage the capture and safe movement of nearly two thousand wild horses from New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Base to an Oklahoma wild horse sanctuary. As a former intermediary between the New Mexico Correctional System and the U.S. Army in a program that uses White Sands animals to help inmates become horse trainers, Höglund was in a unique position to work on the eleven-month-long relocation project. He provides a fascinating look at the history of White Sands — “one of the most desolate, unforgiving stretches of desert in the United States,” and the site of the first atomic bomb test in 1945 — as well as of the thousands of wild horses that have lived there since it was the dominion of Comanche and Apache horsemen. His chronicle effectively shows how his efforts, along with a team of herders possessing “steeled nerves and the hand-eye coordination of an explosives expert” resulted in a successful mission “to save lives and relieve the horses’ pain and suffering, not re-create an Old West roundup for the excitement and the spectacle” — though excitement and spectacle is exactly what they find, as will readers. Link

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