Celebrate the mysterious bond between horse and horse-lover. The pleasure of "whoa". The surprise of the 'unscheduled dismount'. And why, when jumping, you should learn to throw your heart over first. Drawing on her lifelong passion for horses and riding, award-winning artist Bonnie Timmons offers up a book full of whimsy and wisdom with a huge helping of giddy up. These are just some of the truths as recorded by an astute observer:Of little girls who spend every minute after school mucking out the barn in hopes of one trial ride. Of the mechanics of riding: the walk, the trot, the canter and the gallop - a gait so fast your worries can't keep up. Of English vs. Cowboy-speak. Of Outfits and Accessories, and Good Horse-Keeping Tips (including how to weigh your horse so you know how much to feed him: 1. Weigh yourself. 2. Weigh yourself holding your horse. 3. Subtract 1 from 2).
And finally, of knowing at the end of the day that when you hold your horses, they will hold you right back. For horse lovers 11 to adult.