Thursday, May 20, 2010

The funniest, truest horse book EVER!

iconIf you are only going to buy one horse book, I think it should be this one. Not because it is a good reference book, or because it is touching or inspiring or has beautiful photography, but because it is hilarious — and so damn true!

I found this book at Barnes & Noble tonight, and had only read a few pages before I knew I was going to buy it. I read almost the entire thing there — it is only about 100 pages and all cartoons — but I bought it anyway because I am going to show it to every person I know and then keep it on my coffee table.

It's not the kind of thing you can really explain, so here is an example of one of the cartoons (sorry for the cell phone-quality pic):

Hold Your Horses by Bonnie Timmons

And the entire book is like that. Funny but so true, in a way that you only get if you spend a lot of time around horses. I was snickering constantly — I think I actually drove off a couple of people sitting near us, and I know I drove off my husband!

It would make an inexpensive coffee table book or novelty book, but the quality is nice enough to make it a great gift for horse people. Definitely a book you'll want to share with all your horsey friends!



At May 20, 2010 at 4:28 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

"Dogs that weren't there yesterday" would work with anything that wasn't there yesterday. The list seems so silly, but it accurately reflects the logic of a horse. Or maybe I should call it instinct, since there really is no logic. My friend's dog sniffs around the bushes all the time and the horses don't bat an eye at it, but if it sniffs around the bushes while I'm riding, all of the sudden the dog becomes a monster. I'm not nervous while I'm riding. All I can figure out is the the horses become more nervous when I ride them, because they feel they have to protect me from things that normally don't bother them?

At May 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

It's a humorous book, NM, so it's supposed to be silly and true at the same time. :o) As for horses spooking more under saddle, I have two theories about that. It could be that they are more prone to spooking because they feel like they don't have any control. Therefore everything is potentially much more dangerous because they don't have the ability to flee!

I also think that it could be that because they are focusing on their rider, things that normally wouldn't scare them genuinely take them by surprise. I don't think horses are that good at multitasking, so they bounce back and forth between paying attention to their job and paying attention to their surroundings.

Of course, it may also be a combination of the two -- loss of control plus loss of attention.


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