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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.
For the millions of girls--and the women they grow into--who are mad about horses, who live to ride, who spend more time in stables than stores, who know the difference between a hock and the fetlock, comes a sweet, charming, wise, obsessive celebration of the bond between woman and horse. Written and illustrated by Bonnie Timmons, the award-winning artist whose signature squiggly style was seen every week on NBC's hit show Caroline in the City and is featured in places ranging from The New York Times to Fortune 500 advertising campaigns, Hold Your Horses is 144 full-color pages of irresistible pleasure and unexpected horse sense.
It starts with First Love, moving quickly to Lessons, including the gallop: a gait so fast your worries can't keep up, and jumping: just throw your heart over first, and, of course, falling-otherwise known as an unscheduled dismount. There are tips on Buying One of These Things, plus the truth about Care and Feeding. (The trick here is knowing how much your horse weighs. Easy, really: 1. Weigh yourself. 2. Weigh yourself holding the horse. 3. Subtract 1 from 2.) And Horsekeeping Truths: A horse knows what you know. He also knows what you don't know. Written out of a lifelong love, Hold Your Horses gets to the heart of the passion that horses inspire. Every horsewoman will see herself in its pages.
Bonnie Timmons is an award-winning illustrator who drew all the cartoons for NBC's long-running hit Caroline in the City. Her editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Outside, and other national magazines and newspapers, and she has done print and animated campaigns for AT&T, McDonald's, Quilted Northern, Land's End, and other companies. She lives on a farm outside of Philadelphia, with her husband and a personal menagerie that includes an ever-changing cast of horses.