“I headed out to the lower pasture, where my advisory council was grazing…” - Horse Bound by Joanne M. Friedman
My own personal advisory council also prefers to graze instead of lecture, but who wants a lecture anyway? It just takes a glance mid-chew from my horse, Tara, amounting to an equine eye roll, to make me know that what’s important is obvious: enjoying the here and now.
I love identifying with fellow horsewomen. We are indeed a unique breed, and Joanne Friedman’s series of books about her true “horsing around” stories are full of laughs and a few tears.
I devoured Tania Kindersley’s The Happy Horse: An Amateur’s Guide to Being the Human Your Horse Deserves. Tania was on the verge of giving up on her high strung red mare when she came across horse trainer Warwick Schiller’s website. She subscribed to his online academy, and the book shares her happy-ever-after story of how a troubled horse and rider at odds are (spoiler alert!) wonderfully transformed.
Last but never least, Equestrian Anna Blake, my most frequently-quoted author, recently came out with her latest book Horse Prayers: Poems from the Prairie. It’s a beautifully poignant, raw and real take on the ups and downs of falling in love with our four-legged fur friends. I read it through in two back-to-back nights, and the first evening when my son walked through the living room he had to ask me if I was okay. I nodded as I brushed tears away, and said they were mostly happy tears. The few sad tears I shed while reading were necessarily cathartic.
It’s great to escape mentally to another barn, another horse, another riding solution without having to brave the heat and humidity. Just crack open a good book, and be sure to bring along some good coffee—and a few Kleenex—for the ride.