Humans and horses have worked and played together for centuries, and this bond finds its way into everyday life when you have a child who loves horses. My oldest son read horse books, played with model horses, and sat astride his stick horse to ride far and wide in search of . . . who knows what? Best of all, he found and married a horse lover, and, together, they dream of a barn and pasture for that someday horse of their own.
The Horse of My Heart captures this adoration of horses in thirty-two stories, written by a team of horse-lovers and expertly corralled by editor, Callie Smith Grant. Sometimes it’s the little girl who grows up to find her heart’s desire in some horse barn, but just as often it’s the mum or dad with the longing for a four-legged friend who doubles as transportation.
Along with this selection of stories, readers will find articles profiling famous horses in history along with informational pieces about horse-lore from the origin of the term “horsepower” to the secret identity of most Amish buggy horses.
“The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man,” is a quote I’ve heard attributed to Ronald Reagan, who may have gotten it from Winston Churchill, but a Google search just muddies the waters with names like Woodrow Wilson’s physician and someone named Theodore Parker. At any rate, whoever said the words would appreciate the evidence for their truth provided in the pages of The Horse of My Heart:
“”Horses are herd animals, and Tash and I had found our herd – together. She was my kindred spirit.”
“Baja was a true blue friend who stuck closer than a brother.”
Accounts of horses sleeping outside their owner’s bedroom window, helping their riders to overcome fears, and bringing out the hero in people are just a small cross section of the inspiring tales offered. Writers share their experiences of relationships of mutual trust, and acknowledge that, as they have trained their horse, their horse is also training them.
This inspiring collection is a sure hit for the horse-lovers on your Christmas list.
This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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