Like many girls, I wanted a horse when I was little. My dad grew up on a farm, and I was jealous that he got to have horses during his childhood and I didn’t. Of course, he knew how much work went into taking care of a farm. So instead he bought me toy horses and books about horses and took me horseback riding a few times. Those things were nice, but just couldn’t compare to having my own pony!
Now that I’m the mom, I have a daughter who wants a horse and I get to be the one who tells her all the reasons she can’t have one: it costs a lot to buy a horse and then board it somewhere, we don’t have room for one at our house, etc.
I guess it’s lucky that we live in Kentucky, which is known for horses. We enjoy the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Kentucky Horse Park, and just driving by beautiful horses as we travel through our state. I get to hear about the joys of horse ownership from a family at church that has horses on their small farm.
Recently I had the chance to read the book “The Horse of My Heart,” edited by Callie Smith Grant. The publisher, Revell, sent me a free copy for my honest review.
If you’re captivated by these amazing creatures like I am, then you will enjoy reading the short stores in this book. I agree with the summary on the back cover, which says:
These true stories of horses and the people who love them are sometimes touching, sometimes humorous, and sometimes miraculous. Always they are inspiring, like the horses themselves. They will touch your heart, renew your spirit, and show you that surely God had us in mind when he created these magnificent creatures.
This collection of stories by various authors is charming. I loved reading about the different horses and their personalities. They are enchanting animals, and the authors brought out the individual beauty in the horses they describe. The stories are personal recollections. Most are about horses they owned or knew personally, but one author wrote about her mother’s love of the great racehorse Secretariat.
Most of the authors of these stories are women. This book is ideal for women (like me) who have always been fascinated by horses. I’m a little scared to share it with my daughter, since I know she will renew her ongoing quest to get her own horse after reading this book. However, I will definitely share it with her since she will love the stories.
The book is easy to read, with each of the stories just a few pages long. It has 32 true stories about horses, along with some interesting facts about horses tucked in between them. It’s designed for general readers. I wondered if the book would use equestrian terms that I wouldn’t understand, but it gave me insight into life with horses without requiring me to know the jargon.
The Horse of My Heart: Stories of the Horses We Love (Amazon affiliate link) is available from Amazon and other booksellers.
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