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The Hearts of Horses Paperback – December 8, 2008
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Martha Lessen is nineteen. She carries her favorite book in her saddlebags (Black Beauty) and rides a badly scarred horse called Dolly who was burned in a fire. Martha has already experienced enough of life to be a bit scarred and skittish herself. She's seeking work "breaking" horses and World War One has presented her with an opportunity. The men who would normally do this work are going off to the trenches 'over there'. Martha has her own methods: the horses she works with are gentled instead of "broken" to saddle.
With luck, Martha finds a couple who are short handed. They are willing to hire her, but more importantly, they befriend her. They recommend her to others at their church and soon, Martha has a string of horses to train. As soon as these raw young horses have the basics, she sets up a circuit where a horse from one ranch is ridden to the next. She then changes her saddle to the horse that has rested in that corral and rides to the next ranch. And so on...
Riding the circuit, in all weathers, on young horses with no experience is a challenge that Martha accepts seven days a week. She has her share of adventures but as she makes her daily circuit she is drawn into the lives of the people along the way. Along with Martha, the reader becomes drawn into the hopes, dreams, fears and dangers that face these isolated people of the American West. Every man, woman and child that Martha meets reacts to her as a women doing a man's job with a woman's touch.Read more ›
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Enjoyed "The Hearts of Horses" very much, especially the compassion and spirit of Martha.Published 4 days ago by Flo Long
Hearts of Horses provides a thoughtful, charming insight into the lives of the farmers and ranchers of the early American west. The characters are well formed and very human. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Purple Empress
I admire most about this novel the writer's deep knowledge of human beings. While Martha Lessen's working her circle as a "girl broncobuster" is the focus of the novel and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Benedict B.
Molly Gloss invites us to become a member of Elwah County, Oregon in the 1900s thru theGreat War. The reader slips into the demandinglife of broncobuster Miss Martha Lesson.Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Armstrong
Lovely book. A hint of what life was like back in the early 1900s.Published 6 months ago by horse lover
I picked up this book, which I had ordered by mistake, and realized it was one of the best mistakes I'd ever made in purchasing books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miriam Lisbon