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Description - Horsey Life by Simon Barnes

'All I can say is that there was something - right from the first. She was not a My Little Pony sort of a horse, not a dolly-girl, not winsome and winning, not even terribly pretty. A stubby little mare, bright bay with remarkably large ears. A white star in her forehead shaped like Madagascar. A huge arse; which is good, not bad, because that's where the power comes from. Not a horse that would turn heads, no, just a very horse-like horse. She stood, quiet, docile, as I approached her. I was a bit disappointed not to be offered something more lively. Ha. I placed a foot in the iron and swung on board . It was as if I had turned a key: all the lights came on. In that single instant, the horse came alive. She started buzzing. To tell the truth, I was a little alarmed: a little intimidated. This was definitely rather more horse than I was expecting.' This is the story of an extraordinary relationship - and an extraordinary horse. When Barnes buys Dolly Dolores VII on a hunch, he knows he has got something special. She is feisty, restless, mysterious - unpredictable to the point of craziness. But she is also, to her owner's delight, a jumper of mesmerising poise and skill; she canters like a ballerina, gallops like a wild thing. And somehow, they just get on. Then, one day, Dolly does something so startling, so inexplicable that she brings her owner to breaking point. Barnes is faced with a terrible decision. The Horsey Life is about a friendship pushed to its limits. But it's also a book filled with larks and joy, which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906021429
ISBN-10: 1906021422
Format: Hardback
(206mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 206
Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for the London Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport.

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