TALKING OF HORSES by Monica Dickens


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Chatting about horses, mixing anecdotes and reminiscences about horses she has owned or ridden or cared for and horse lovers (and a few horse haters) she has known with generalizations about horses' personalities and pleasures, social behavior and feeding habits (grey or cream horses always mess up their beds, brown ones less often, and piebald ponies get manure stains only on their white patches) and unsystematic advice about riding and training and caring for and living with horses, Dickens manages to communicate her own conviction that ""riding is a unique and tremendous joy"" and her enthusiasm even for ""the sweet, grainy, pungent smells"" of the stable. Readers who agree that ""mucking out is more fun than housework, and much more needed, because you are doing it for someone who can't do it for himself"" -- and even many who are somewhat less committed -- will love Talking of Horses.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 154pp
Publisher: Little, Brown