So Hurricane Irene is here, ruining my weekend with lots of rain and heavy wind! Since I’m inside reading (and blogging), I figured I’d give my readers a review of a book I read and enjoyed earlier this year. (And yes, it’s a horse book).
After reading Lynn Reardon’s Beyond the Homestretch, don’t be surprised if, as a horse lover, you want to run off to
and start your own off-the-track Thoroughbred horse rescue. (James loves it when I read these types of books!). Lynn’s stories about the horses up for adoption are wild and lively, painful and joyous, but awe-inspiring with a satisfied sense of happily-ever-after. Texas
In Beyond the Homestretch,
tells us of LOPE’s (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers) humble beginnings and introduces us along the way to a variety of amazing horses that are seeking a second chance at life. Lynn
We meet Zuper, “a husky bay with an endearing splash of white on his nose, [who] exuded wisdom and Buddha good cheer.” We smile at the thought of sweet Sugarfoot, “[who] was known for two things at the racetrack: an endearing habit of licking her groom’s bald head and her incredibly slow speed. A small red filly with gentle eyes, Sugarfoot was oddly put together, like a toy assembled in a rush.” We imagine
’s panic as she pulls an all-nighter caring for Spider, the adorable three year old colt who was bit by a poisonous snake and lives to tell the tale. And we completely understand why Lynn decides to keep Tulsa Mambo, a large black gelding and her first adoptee, for herself. Lynn
Horse owners can definitely relate to all the trials and tribulations
is put through while caring for these accident-prone animals. And while there will always be days of frustration, horses are worth the effort. Lynn
I hope everyone is staying safe and dry during this storm!! Happy reading!