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Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me About Starting Over, Facing Fear, and Finding My Inner Cowgirl Paperback – February 15, 2011
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Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse
This is a book for anyone who truly wants to change their life and live their dream.”
Leslie Guttman, author of Equine ER
In Lynn Reardon’s world, the horses have as much personality as the people, and most all of them are real characters....Lynn’s gift is making the day-to-day chores and the simplest interactions poignant, meaningful, and insightful.”
Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus
Lynn Reardon shares a personal journey to which many horse lovers secretly aspire: leaving the safety of the office cubicle and embarking upon a career working with horses.”
Rick Lamb, host of The Horse Show
Every now and again all too rarely a book crosses my desk that is a must-read. Beyond the Homestretch is one of them.”
Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
A wonderful, wonderful journey that inspires us all to live our lives with purpose, on purpose.”
Joe Camp, author of The Soul of a Horse
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What I found particularly special about this book was Lynn's willingness to share her own fears, worries, and self-doubts as she started down the road of rescuing these horses. In my experience, many horsepeople, men and women alike, seem to have a need to "know it all" and show others how well they can ride. What many of them seem to ignore is the importance of horsemanship -- the ability to really understand their horses and their needs, and be willing to be humble and kind to these animals who are so willing to give us whatever they can. When I began riding as an adult, I often felt alone, distanced, and ashamed as the often snooty and arrogant teens and adults paraded past me and my TB and QH with their warmbloods and their gorgeous tack, perfect riding gear, and riding skills.Read more ›
This book explores the personalities (all different, of course) of the ex racers that make their way on to Lynn's ranch. In doing so, we not only discover things about their past, but what they'd be best suited for in their next career - eventer, trail horse, etc etc. Time and time again, OTTBs prove their athleticism, grace and loyalty, and yet they still have a questionable reputation. Lynn's book brings to light the fact that these horses are very different, and suitable to someone who connects with them.
I'm a trainer at a large Thoroughbred rescue in NY, and have purchased more than one copy of this book to loan out to clients and riding students. It gives them an idea of what these horses have experienced thus far in their lives, and that there is a "lid for every pot."
If you are interested in adopting an OTTB, there are many reputable organizations, much like Lynn's that can steer you towards the horse of your dreams. Read this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I am myself in the midst of retraining a thoroughbred fresh off the track, this book had a large educational value to me despite being written as a story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelsey
Love the work Lynn does with the horses and admire her commitment to follow her passion. I gave it four stars because of the negative sterotyping of Texans in this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Candace Clark
I really enjoyed this book. Reading about the horses and their transition from the track was really interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Erin
I loved this book. It was written with a lot of humility. Listening to Lynn Reardon's stories gave me a lot to think about in evaluating/adopted prospective OTT's.Published 15 months ago by Lisa C.
Great stories for horse lovers who hope for happy retirements for them after their racing days.Published 19 months ago by Karen A. Cooper
Great story, easy read. Brings up the issue of over breeding in the horse industry and how more rescues need to be in place.Published 20 months ago by Kimberly Sands
Fun read, but she makes it sound as though just about anyone could take on a horse rescue operation. Still, I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by karla