Horses Never Lie About Love

Horses Never Lie About Love

The Heartwarming Story Of A Remarkable Horse Who Changed The World Around Her

Book - 2011
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When the author moved with her husband to Washington State for a teaching job, she realized that she could also fulfill her lifelong dream of having a horse farm. And she knew the horse on whom she could build her dreams the minute she saw her on a ranch in the Eastern Mountains where a herd had been corralled to be sold: a beautiful, deep dark red colored mare known as a blood bay, standing about sixteen hands, with a pretty head with a white star and a narrow stripe that slid down her face to two black nostrils. Something about the way the mare guarded her handsome foal, a black two-month-old 200-pound colt, spoke to the author. The mare was named True Colors. But when True Colors was delivered to Harris's ranch three months later, she was unrecognizable. She had gone feral, run away, and been recaptured. Terrified of people, she was head-shy from the infected sores on her face and her lungs were damaged by smoke-induced pneumonia. She sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener on clothes to a gate in a fence. Her will to escape was enormous. This injured, traumatized horse existed between two worlds, wild and domesticated, and belonged to neither. But there were glimmers of hope: the other horses fell in love with her on sight, just as the author had. And true to her name and herself, True Colors would never pretend to be something she was not; with her wise, intuitive nature, she would end up changing the lives of everyone she encountered, animal and human. This is the story of this remarkable horse and the revelations about life and love that she gave the author over the course of their decades together. Now thirty-three years old, this complex, magnetic animal retains the outsize personality that transforms everyone around her, both human and equine. True Colors has grown to become the heart of the range and the farm, her quiet wisdom transmitting a strength of character that transcends the thin line between animals and the humans they love. There is a famous horseman's saying: A horse never lies about its pain. But maybe we should also consider: A horse never lies about love.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451605846
1451605846
Characteristics: 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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LauraO18 Aug 14, 2012

Very poetic and engaging. I loved the way she wrote about her experiences raising horses. I was interested the whole way through! Definitely worth a read, especially if you love horses.

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cardigramma
Feb 26, 2012

I am a "dog" person but this is an incredible book. I couldn't put it down. Her love for horses, what she endures, the work, the losses, held me spellbound.

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LARRY_M
Jan 28, 2012

The title is inspiring, but little else. The book reads as a series of events, a history of the ups and downs of having a horse ranch.. Though there is no question that Jana Harris loves horses, her book left me in the dark about the horse to human relationships the title led me to believe the book was about.

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LauraO18 Aug 14, 2012

Sexual Content: Describes some of the mating rituals of the horses.

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