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And so it goes…

Someday there will be a Triple Crown Winner in my lifetime that I will actually remember.  As a balm to my disappointment over I’ll Have Another being retired before running the Belmont, I read Beyond the Homestretch: What I’ve Learned from Saving Racehorses last week. In it, Lynn Reardon tells how she started up a [...]

In Honor of (ex) Racehorses Everywhere…

While we get ready to celebrate the running of the Belmont Stakes (the last jewel of the Triple Crown) and cross our fingers for I’ll Have Another to be our next  Triple Crown winner, here’s a book that anyone considering getting a racetrack reject should add to her horse library:  Beyond the Track: Retraining the [...]

prizes don’t mean everything

I got really excited when I heard about the book Derby Day: A Novel because it was nominated for a Booker Prize and I often really enjoy Booker Prize winners and nominees.  However, I was reminded that prizes and almost-prizes don’t mean everything… You can read my full review for Horse Nation HERE.

Just call me a Horse Indocrinator

I’m really hoping The Kid will like horses.  Partially because I think it will make it easier for me to justify the time I spend riding.  But also because horseback riding A) is fun B) is athletic and outdoorsy C) teaches responsibility, empathy, communication, respect, and confidence. So I keep looking for tools to aid [...]

Because One Pony is Never Enough…

…as Cindy in the middle grade novel Pidgy’s Surprise: The Little Pony with a Big Heart (by Jeanne Mellin) discovers. This cute, wholesome story is really all about self-discovery and learning to be happy with what you have.  You can read my full review HERE.

If Horses Could Talk (and/or write)…

…the story they’d tell might be a lot like Anne Hambleton’s middle grade novel, Raja, Story of a Racehorse. You can read my full review at Horse Nation, HERE.  

Horseback(wards) riding

I needed a new picture to go with my HorseNation Wednesday book reviews, so here it is:  While I wouldn’t really advocate riding and reading, Sadie did make a surprisingly comfy reading pillow.

A Horse Worth Knowing About

I just finished reading The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation and Snowman has joined the list of horses I wish I’d known in person.  You can read my full book review for here.  I’m pretty sure if you loved Seabiscuit, you’ll love Snowman too.

True Grit: it’s what HorseGirls are made of

Last week, I reviewed one of my favorite books for Horse Nation.  You can read my full review HERE. Basically, Mattie, the main character and narrator is the epitome of a HorseGirl:  smart, witty, brazen, tough…  And the book is great (the Coen Brothers’ movie version ain’t so bad either, but I believe in doing [...]

Wake of Forgiveness

I stumbled across the book Wake of Forgiveness the other day.  If you’re a fan of Cormac McCarthy, Bruce Machart might just be his heir apparent. I admit, the cover is what grabbed my attention. But then I read the book, and it turns out the cover isn’t the only interesting thing about it.   [...]