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Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul: Inspirational Stories About Horses and the People Who Love Them (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – July 10, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of National Velvet and the Black Stallion may enjoy Canfield and Hansen's latest collection of heart-warming stories, which targets devotees of all things equine. Divided into seven sections-"A Special Bond," "Horses as Teachers," "These Amazing Animals," "Horses as Healers," "On Companionship and Commitment," "Horse...cetera," "And They're Off"-the book contains 93 stories about "the horse's intelligence, versatility and intuitiveness." Vikki Marshall writes warmly about how her carriage horse, Lynn, walked right past a group of noisy firemen and smoldering timbers as part of her job in "The Wedding." Craig Wilson remembers his amateur run down the Saratoga Race Course in "Down the Stretch He Comes, Hanging on for Dear Life." Other stories describe the pleasures and difficulties of owning, and losing, these beautiful animals. There's a good dose of schmaltz, but fans of this series will surely find what they want here.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

You Know You're a Horse Lover When . . .

You accessorize your hairstyle with pieces of hay.
You examine every piece of rope or twine for its halter potential.
You think a great vacation is spending a long weekend in front of a horse trailer by a dusty arena.
You take your children's temperature and think 102°F is normal.
You spend more money on horseshoes than on your own shoes.
You always keep carrots, apples and sugar cubes in your refrigerator.
You prefer the smell of a stable to cologne.
You sleep with your boots on and count horses to fall asleep.
Your laugh begins to sound like a horse whinny.
Instead of giving someone directions to turn "left" or "right," you tell them to "gee" or "haw."
You still have your childhood horse statues in your bedroom.
Your favorite outfit is made of leather and includes whips and spurs.
You talk to your horse more than you talk to your spouse.
You spend more time at the feed store than the grocery store.

If you can relate to any of these sentiments, this book is for you! Even if you've never been near a horse, but have always admired them from afar, you'll love these stories celebrating and honoring these noble creatures. Share a copy of Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul with a horse-loving friend. You'll both be "whinnying" for more!

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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.; Not Original Edition edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757300987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757300981
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I don't generally go for books in the "inspirational / self-help" category, but there were a few Chicken Soup books that even I couldn't pass up. The first was "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul," followed by "Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover's Soul," and now finally, one that addresses my favorite creature of all, "Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul." If you are unfamiliar with the Chicken Soup books, they are collections of short (generally 2-5 pages), uplifting, and usually true stories submitted by readers. This particular volume contains 95 such tales, all pertaining to that magnificent animal, the horse. As a collection of short stories, the book can be read at whatever pace you like - an occasional dose here and there whenever you need a pick-me-up, or a consistent one or two stories per day, or even all at once.

The book is divided into seven sections: "A Special Bond" shares tales of the deep and lasting friendships that can arise between horse and human. "Horses as Teachers" looks at the lessons we can learn from our equine friends. "These Amazing Animals" honors horses that have gone beyond the ordinary in a variety of ways, including the story of Sergeant Reckless, a little mare that served in the Korean War. "Horses as Healers" explores the ways in which equines have helped humans overcome all kinds of physical and emotional ills. "On Companionship and Commitment" is very similar to the first section and looks at horse-human bonds. "And... They're Off!" is dedicated entirely to stories of racehoreses. And finally, "Horse... Cetera" pulls together everything that doesn't quite fit anywhere else.

Most horse lovers will find much to enjoy in this book.
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A Kid's Review on September 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Isn't it a great feeling when you read the backs of every horse book in the bookstore, and then finally come across one that's perfect? There's something about horse stories that when you read one, you are eager to hear more and more. This book will definately satisfy that feeling, and there are plenty of stories so you can read on and on! I found these submitted tales enjoyable because I could picture exactly what the horse owner must have felt like, since I have a horse of my own. If you don't own a horse yourself, this is still a heartwarming treasury to walk a day (and many more weeks to come!) in an horse person's "boots". Considering that I know many adults that have loved this book as much as I do, kids and adults alike will enjoy it. This is a must-read, must-have, must-go-crazy-for, two hooves up, Chicken Soup book! : )
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After reading "Chicken soup for the Dog Lovers Soul" I eagerly started this book expecting more uplifting stories but this time involving horses. I was unpleasantly surprised to find the first third of the book (a rough approximation) to be stories about people whose horses had passed on. As the owner of a horse who died of colic on a snowy Thanksgiving day, these stories were very painful and not at all uplifting. Then the theme changed and the stories became more enjoyable. However, there was another section about horse racing that was, for me, boring. The most enjoyable section was the last section involving horses and the parents of horse crazy kids. Overall, just not what I expected from a "Chicken Soup" book.
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If you're worried the book will emphasize religion, don't fear - only a few of the stories mention God or directly speak to religion in any way. Essentially this is a series of anecdotes about horses of all kinds, from all kinds of people. Some are well written, others less so, but on the whole the book is an enjoyable and easy read, and great for times when you get interrupted or just want a quick story instead of getting engrossed in a novel. It is easily readable for both kids and adults and contains a number of stories guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye of any true horse lover.
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As the husband of a woman addicted to all things equine I must say that I enjoyed this book. My experience with horses typically has to do with broom handling and staying out of the way and I enjoyed the stories of how horses actually enrich people's lives. While I thought horse were mostly good for spending money on I find that they are also good as healers, teachers, companions, and best friends. Like all the Chicken soup books the prose is simple and the stories are short and to the point. Do anyone who likes horses a favor and give them this book.
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The book was going great when I was reading it over the summer. I enjoyed all the really neat tales that the authors compiled into this treasury. It was going to be real nice, until the last story completely blew it. The last story is probably going to leave an impact on the reader because they are about to finish the book. This book is meant for horse lovers. Why in the world would the authors want to include a story about a girl who outgrows horses? Especially at the end!

The story just doesn't leave the reader with the serene feeling of finishing a good book. It discourages people from the idea that horses could possibly be forever in a person. (I loved the theory one of the authors talks about, the idea of horse craziness being a disease that some don't escape.) I have (in that author's words) a terminal case of horse craziness. The specific story they chose for the end isn't a good story for terminal cases of horse craziness! This book, in a lot of ways, was extremely enjoyable. All they need to do to make it better would be to get rid of that last story. (And for you all who are contemplating reading this book in the future, just skip the last story or it will ruin the book for you.) Believe me, it did for me.
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