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Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse
In this delightful collection of pithy and hilarious essays, stories and poetry, Gwen Petersen explains how her philosophy of life comes with a good dose of horse sense. Here's advice on how to fall off a horse with style, dressing to avoid embarrassing your equine friend, 1,001 uses for bag balm, perfecting the care and feeding of veterinarians and farriers, cattle drives and brandings, and falling in love all over again (with a horse, that is). Petersen's words are as amusing as they are instructive, and whether you're a horse lover or simply someone in need of a down-to-earth laugh, this is a book you won't want to miss.
#BKEIK - $14.95
Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse
by Gwen Petersen - Hardcover, 224 pages with lots of black & white illustrations, engravings, antique and current and photos
About the author: Gwen Petersen is a writer and rancher near Big Timber, Montana, where she raises miniature horses and works on her attitude.
The Gift Horse
No, thank you," you say, don't need another horsie,
I've way too many, now don't try to force me!"
"But he's a baby, just nine months old,
Raised on a bottle, a poor orphan colt.
"Dog gentle and loving, you really should
Give him a home, he's so sweet and good."
"No, thank you," you say, "I've plenty of steeds,
More than enough to meet my needs..."
here to read the rest.
There are a myriad of books out there that tell the stories of individuals who love horses, but this is by far my favorite. It's a visual feast - beautiful, meaningful color pictures on every page. Each image a delight in it's own right.
#BKPFH - $24.95
A Passion For Horses
True Stores of Lives Lived Loving Horses by Cindy Hale
Softcover, 160 pages
Shown at the right is
and her giant Shire horse Crys. And the stories that go with answer all the questions that the pictures make you ask - artfully written - as each chapter (there are 22) could be a whole book by itself!
This is a great book for horse lovers of all ages and experience levels - something to pick up when you want a little inspiration. Many photos by Sharon Fibelkorn, along with the personal photos and memorabilia of the characters featured. This will make you want to start a story / scrapbook of your own!
#BKHY - $19.95
Horses in the Yard
(and Other Equestrian Dilemmas) by Joanne M. Friedman
Softcover, 132 pages, illustrated with black and white photographs.
Horsewomen of all ages will enjoy this book. If you ever couldn't find words to express something (or thought better of it if you did) Joanne Friedman has done it for you - with great humor and eloquence. She doesn't mince words about anything - from horse care - to equitation - to aging and euthanasia.
"Women are built differently than men, and I am not talking obvious body parts. A man's center of gravity is in his upper torso. That's why Christopher Reeve toppled so disastrously from his horse and was lawn-darted into a rock wall. A man's weight is in his chest. A woman's on the other hand, is in her (sorry) hindquarters. This is a good thing for riding's sake as it allows a woman to ground significantly more thoroughly in the saddle than a man can.... A woman who can imagine being a half-empty (or half-full, depending on her level of optimism) sack of grain can sit in a saddle with a security and balance few men can achieve..."
"We treat our horses like we treat our children: we load them up with expectations, then we withhold the tools they need to fulfill them. The kids go off and do drugs and get pregnant, and we blame anyone who can't get out of the way fast enough. The horses buck us off and become hard to catch in the field, and we curse our bad luck at having wound up with such an incorrigible beast. They're all yelling at us, and we're not listening."
How should you prepare your horse? Well, you can start by going out and getting him from the field before the farrier gets there. Don't leave notes with instructions as to where Loopy Lou can be found. Go find her yourself. Have her reasonably clean and dry and standing in a stall or nearby pen in plenty of time. Many shoers will not hesitate to go look for your horse, but it's a kindness to everyone involved if he doesn't have to. Besides, there are not enough horse shoers as it is. We don't need to be wearing out the ones we've got."
If Joanne's wit is not enough - one chapter (chapter 10) is worth the price of the whole book. "The Five Horses We Meet on Earth" categorizes each horse you've encountered (and will encounter) in such a profound way - your perspective on horse ownership will be changed forever. Wow. I don't think I've ever read anything that is so deep - and light-hearted at the same time.
Trail Boss's Cowboy Cookbook
This book contains recipes for traditional dishes prepared for cowboys working on the range. Some of the recipes have been handed down in ranch families for generations. There's nothing fancy about food prepared by cooks who man the chuckwagon. It is plain, wholesome fare designed to satisfy the appetites of men who spend long hours in the saddle. But such hearty dishes can be appreciated by the most discriminating palate.
Trail Boss's Cowboy Cookbook
Includes 458 recipes from 24 states and 8 countries. Not just a meat-and-potatoes cookbook, this collection of authentic rangeland dishes and the historical notes behind them will surprise and satisfy everyone from seasoned gourmets to casual cooks. compiled by the Society for Range Management (they are accepting recipes for the "sequel" now, and you can see some examples of those already submitted
Softcover, bound with a plastic comb so it lays flat when open. 310 pages
Regular Price $16.95 - Sale Price $12.95
Cowgirls Book Series
Here's a set of 3 softcover books, each about 100 pages, and profusely illustrated, covering all things Cowgirl. First up is The Cowgirl's Cookbook - a compilation of delicious (and practical) recipes augmented with cowgirl facts, photos and trivia. Next is Cowgirls - Stories of Trick Riders, Sharp Shooters & Untamed Women; a compilation of inspirational stories about old west cowgirls whose can-do attitudes, hard work and sacrifices helped build a nation. Third is You Might Be A Cowgirl If... A Guide to Life on the Range - Everything you ever wanted to know about finding your inner cowgirl, including riding herd on your dreams, outfitting your life on the range, and more.
#BKCCB - $12.95
The Cowgirl's Cookbook
This is just the best little cookbook. Along with the expected delicious recipes, it's full of wonderful cowgirl facts, photos, trivia, anecdotes and more. Every page has a recipe, along with all this extra stuff to make it fun and interesting.
There, on the page with the Raw Apple Cake recipe is this quote by Anthony Trollope (1862)
"If Eve had been a ranch woman, she would never have tempted Adam with an apple.
She would have ordered him to make his meal himself."
#BKCGLS - $12.95
Stories of Trick Riders, Sharp Shooters, and Untamed Women by Erin Turner
#BKCMB - $12.95
You Might be a Cowgirl...
A Guide to Life on the Range
Set of All Three Cowgirls Books
Set Price - $29.95
Cowgirls (order above)
The fiercely independent, untamed woman of the old West-the cowgirl-seems to most people a topic more of fiction than real fact. But the West was indeed populated with strong-willed women who worked and played as men did in the saddles of their favorite bucking broncos-women whose sacrifices, hard work, and can-do attitude helped build a nation. Cowgirls celebrates this previously overlooked aspect of the Western experience by bringing together their stories, including their own thoughts about being cowgirls.
"Little Joe" Monaghan, the Idaho cowboy who mostly kept to himself, cared nothing for drink or dance-hall girls-and who, on his death, turned out to be a woman.
Sarah Bowman, the "Great Western" of Texas, whose epic proportions and sexuality, not to mention adeptness with guns, awed Indians and outlaws alike to a respectful distance.
Fannie Sperry Steele, the first Lady Bucking Horse Champion of the World, who thrilled audiences across Montana and was inducted into both the National Cowboy and Cowgirl halls of fame.
Last of the Saddle Tramps
#BKLST - $21.95
Last of the Saddle Tramps by Messanie Wilkins
Softcover, 215 pages
Historically the world of equestrian travel has contained an exciting mixture of unique men and women. Some are adventurers seeking danger from the back of their horses. Others are travelers discovering the beauties of the countryside they slowly ride through. A few are searching for inner truths while cantering across desolate parts of the planet. Then there is Messanie Wilkins. She was acting on orders from the Lord!
In 1954, at the age of 63, Wilkins had plenty to worry about. A destitute spinster in ill health, Wilkins had been told she had less than two years left to live, provided she spent them quietly. With no family ties, no money, and no future in her native Maine, Wilkins decided to take a daring step. Using the money she had made from selling homemade pickles, Wilkins bought a tired summer camp horse and made preparations to ride from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Ocean. Yet before leaving she flipped a coin, asking God to direct her to go or not. When the coin came up heads several times in a row, one of America's most unlikely equestrian heroines set off.
What followed was one of the twentieth century's most remarkable equestrian journeys. Accompanied by her faithful horse, Tarzan, Wilkins suffered through a host of obstacles including blistering deserts and freezing snow storms, yet never lost faith that she would complete her 7,000 mile odyssey.
"Last of the Saddle Tramps" is thus the warm and humorous story of a humble American heroine bound for adventure and the Pacific Ocean - written in her own words; a matter-of-fact account of a practical woman on a mission.
Attention older horsewomen: if you ever feel unconfident and discouraged concerning your interactions with your horses... this is the book for you. No one told Mesannie that she needed to condition herself and her horse before attempting such a trek. Never mind that she hadn't even ridden in 30 years. She went to a local stable and bought a bargain horse from a rental string. No one told her to choose a breed that would be tough and have endurance for such a long trip - but her naive description of her new mount sounds like an old-time Morgan. No one told her that she needed special tack for such an arduous journey - and she used what she had; an artillary saddle that had seen better days - and was older than she was! She prepared herself, her mount, and her equipment as best she could - and set out to leave Maine in November. (Before the bad weather hit.) Read how this decidedly unglamorous, rather portly woman (dressed in men's clothes) traverses the United States, and ultimately ends up in California. You will be inspired.
Sometimes a Woman Needs a Horse
#BKEHB - $23.95
Equestrian Hymn for my Beloved
by Rudolf G. Binding - Translated by Regina Ganstine
Hardcover, 84 pages with black & white photographs
The brief pages of Equestrian Hymn for my Beloved were likely never meant to be published, but were indeed an equestrian guideline for the author's loved one. Nonetheless, in 1928 Binding received a silver medal at the Olympic Games for this book, when still performance in art was honoured.
The pages are filled with wisdom, sensitivity and passion for all that is beautiful and worthy in horsemanship. Imagine reading letters written by a master horseman - to his true love - filled with love, affection, and wisdom about all aspects of horsemanship. This is better than any romance novel - at least to a horsewoman!
Attention men: this book will score you HUGE points in the romance and sensitivity department. A great gift for your sweetie.
"Be on guard: your horse reads you and your most secret thoughts. If you are not intent in reigning over him, he will not obey you; if it is not your will to be stronger, the extraordinary power of the best will defy you. Your call, your click of the tongue, your spurs, your whip shall not belie you; you wanted this or that, but you only wanted it halfway.
Your horse will punish you for lying.
If you do not trust him, he will not trust you;
if you waver, he will go his own way.
If you panic, he will panic;
but he will be filled with courage and good spirit
if you are courageous and in good spirit.
If you are unsteady, he will be unsteady.
If your will is not set on perpetual forward motion,
he will slow down and eventually stand still.
If you are without vigor, he will be without impulsion;
if you wish to fly, he will fly,
his feet will hardly seem to touch the ground."
-page 24 Equestrian Hymn for My Beloved
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A Rider's Prayer
Dearest Creator in Heaven,
Give me strength to guide my horse.
Make my hands soft and my head clear.
Let my horse understand me and I him.
My heart you have blessed with a special love of these
Let me never lose sight of it.
My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them.
Let that need never lessen.
Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant
Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker.
Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to
Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile.
I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm.
The grace and splendor of a running horse,
The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart
Let it always be so.
Dearest Creator grant me patience,
For horses are harnessed wind, and wind can be flighty.
Let me not frighten or harm them.
Instead show me ways to understand them.
Above all, dear Creator, fill my life with them.
When I pass from this world,
Send my soul to no heaven without them.
For this love you have given me graces my existence
And I shall cherish it and praise You for it for all time.