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From the Horse's Mouth: One Lucky Memoir Paperback – April 5, 2013
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"The perfect gift-book for horse lovers of all ages." - Michele Scott, bestselling author
About the Author
Snoopy (aka One Flashy Investment) is a California boy who loves to throw things so much, he’d have been a major league baseball pitcher if he only had opposable thumbs. He was happy to dictate his story to his writing partner, equine patron, and MomToo, Gayle Carline. Gayle gives her first horse Frostie all the credit for her writing career. She told her husband, Dale, that she wanted to write, so in 1999 he bought her a laptop for Christmas. A year after that, he gave her horseback riding lessons. When she bought Frostie, she finally started writing. These days, she divides her days between writing humor columns for her local newspaper, writing mysteries for a larger audience, and spending quality time with her family: husband Dale, son Marcus, and four-legged kids Katy the cat, Duffy and Lady Spazzleton the dogs, and of course, Frostie and Snoopy. For more merriment, visit her at http://gaylecarline.com, and be sure to check out Snoopy’s blog at http://thatsmysnoopy.blogspot.com.
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As he tells his own story, Snoopy evolves from being a foal to a promising show horse, but he sustains an unexpected injury that changes everyone's plans. Snoopy is sweet and a little bit on the dumb side but he doesn't care, as long as he is loved. He is loyal, good natured and loves everyone, equine and human beings alike. He really wants to please people despite his enthusiasm for "fun games" such as resisting the halter, chewing on peoples' clothes and goat tossing <--that is not a typo!
It is also about an owner who wants to show her horse but she struggles with confidence and balance and reaches some very low points in her relationship with her horse. As Snoopy grows and evolves, so does his owner, who keeps learning more all the time, adapts, adjusts and invests a LOT of money to give her horse a good life whether or not he can fulfill her hopes and dreams.
In the end, my eyes were moist and I admired everyone including Snoopy and the horses and people who taught him to be a good and useful horse (most of the time.)
Good memoirs can be so educational without even feeling at all pedagogical. I got this book super cheap via Kindle, but I plan to stock our bookshelf with this one.
Some things a person (adult or child) can learn from this book:
Horses have very different personalities and respond to different people differently.
Horses have a tremendous capacity for empathy and respond according to the moods around them.
How young horses learn social behaviors from other horses.
How young horses are trained by people.
How horse shows work, especially from the horse's POV.
Horses can recover from foot and leg injuries and even be successful in shows again.
But sometimes the pain of an injury or illness really is forever pain and the horses need people to help them pass on.
The importance (as well as the endless expense) of veterinary care.
People can adjust their/our expectations of individual horses and continue loving and working with them, even after being disappointed.
Some horses have terrible lives because some people are not good for them.
With good people making the right choices, horses can have wonderful lives even when they age, and they can have good passings when it is time.