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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469189852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469189857
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,707,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her debut memoir, Tait-Zeller chronicles her lifelong love affair with horses.



As a small child, Tait-Zeller s appetite for all things equestrian was fed by playing with horse toys of every shape and size, watching horse movies and visiting local fairs to tour the horse barns. Then an accident turned augury occurred on a visit to her relatives farm. While riding her cousin s horse, Dusty, she slipped off and landed in front of the horse; the momentum caused the horse s front hoof to step directly on Tait-Zeller s forehead. Dusty should have squashed my head like a melon...but she didn t....I remember later that evening marveling in the mirror at the perfect hoof print impression on my forehead. I had no headache, and the hoof print was gone by the morning. It was my first recollection of a horse that took care of me in spite of the odds and I was branded for life. Lucky for her and the equine world, the author got a horse for her 10th birthday, thus beginning a life spent caring for, handling, teaching and rescuing a multitude of horses and ponies. Tait-Zeller beautifully and simply portrays the unique qualities and personalities of each horse that trots in and out of her life as she buys, trades, loves and loses them. Her family shares her affection for horses, and the narrative involves their experiences as well. What the stories may lack in rich sensory descriptions, they make up for in dramatic tension, humor and heart. Some even prompt page-turning at a gallop. She describes the marvel of witnessing a mare giving birth, watching her small son and an exuberant foal chase each other in circles, and the agony of having to euthanize the family s beloved horse. Some of the quirky tales include a barhopping horse one Halloween night, an unlucky landing on a prickly cactus while playing a game involving an imaginary cowboy, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police chasing three of the author s delinquent horses that roamed the streets of a small town in the middle of the night. Black-and-white photos accompany many of the stories, though the reader must sometimes guess identities since they aren t properly attributed. Also, a glossary would have been helpful for those unschooled in equestrian language.



A sweet ride on a lovely journey with an expert, horse-loving guide.

--Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mitzy Tait-Zeller together with her husband, son and her family raise Canadian horses in southwestern Saskatchewan on a little farm still owned by her parents. Mitzy gives private riding lessons to a select few students each year and trains her own horses. Family and horses are the focal point of her life and her dreams are far from realized for her determination and strong will have far more in store for her. Her plans are to continue promoting, showing and breeding Canadian Horses. She maintains that she will never be done learning about horses and the last ride she ever has on a horse will be the perfect one. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Mitzy Tait-Zeller is the recipient of the 2013 Equine Welfare Award of Distinction for Communications from the Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm Animal Council. She resides with her family near Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada and devotes her time to her family, horses and promoting Equine Welfare and the Canadian Horse through her passion of writing.

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Great for all those who love horses.
Linda Benson
I really enjoyed it and this is now one of my top books to read over and over.
F. Downing
I laughed through it and cried through it!
Beth Ann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Downing on August 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am on chapter 20 and thought I would drop a quick review of the book so far. It's well written and shows such love by the writer. I have noticed that one can't help but laugh, cry and feel the excitement as it happens in the book. Will give a full review when I finish but have no doubt that I have everything great to say about it. It really is a great book and will be telling all my horse loving friends and family about it.

Just finished the book and it pains me there is no more to read. I really enjoyed it and this is now one of my top books to read over and over. I would recommend this to everyone horse lover or not. It is an all around great read and you come to know each of the family members and horses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Araven281 on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is amazing the diffrences between todays horse ownership and *back then*. The author did an amazing job with this book, is one that will grab you in and you will end up at the end before you know it and want to read it again. If you are a horse lovber this one is worth adding to your collection.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As happens so often these days, I met Mitzy Tait-Zeller via face book. It didn't take long to discover how different our lives were and yet how much we had in common. We were soon shipping copies of our books to each other.

In "Rim-Fyre and the Stones of Time," Mitzy's descriptions, knowledge of horses, the terrain, and the Native and natural ancient ways, sent me on a mystical path that became a page-turner. I felt as if I rode every mile with her.

I couldn't wait to find a quiet moment to begin "Hoof Prints On My Heart" - Mitzy's recollection of her true life experiences over the past thirty-two years. After reading only a few pages, her writing style made me feel as if we were having a conversation. Her words created vivid images in my mind and the photos she shared backed up what I was imagining.

Mitzy has the ability to take you with her -- whether she in the truck hauling her first horse,Toby, home to horse heaven or standing with one of her beloved four-leggeds waiting for the veterinarian knowing that awful feeling of having to say a final goodbye. You may be flying across the ocean with her to fulfill a dream of riding in the Snowy Mountains of Australia, fighting winter storms of snow and ice, or watching as your farm goes under water in aptly named Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

You will climb aboard with her and her group of kids and ride in a parade or in a few chapters be pinch hitting as she drives the plow truck pushing snow. It won't take you long to be in awe of what this gal is able to accomplish all without missing a lick of stride.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is written with so much love. Mitzy Tait-Zeller takes us on a journey in her life starting when she was young and wanted a horse to the present day. I cried with her and laughed with her. This is such a heartwarming story. Horses are such amazing animals. They have such a wonderful relationship with their owners and the other horses that they live with. I loved this and if you love horses, so will you.
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Mitzy Tait-Zeller is a new author to me. I was pleasantly surprised to
read this story and noting how closely it resembled my life and love
for horses! I could not put it down!
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