Still Life With Horses
Paperback ISBN: 0996195238
Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Winner of The Howling Bird Press 2017 Nonfiction Prize. Through the lens of her relationship with a beloved horse, STILL LIFE WITH HORSES chronicles the quest to live ethically while navigating a changing personal and professional landscape. The book explores how animal relationships can keep us grounded when human relationships fail. A New Englander by birth and an Indiana transplant, Harper examines the process of embracing and understanding America's rural heartland as home. "STILL LIFE WITH HORSES will make you fall in love...with the strength and silence of horses and learn to believe in the healing power of giving oneself fully to the care and pleasures of another living being. Honest, unflinching, it shimmers with the light of life unfolding."—Barb Shoup
The Sporting Horse
In Pursuit of Equine Excellence
Hardcover ISBN: 1781317836
Exhibiting grace and poise as they master the intricate movements of dressage; galloping like the wind at more than thirty miles per hour; soaring over huge competition fences; running tirelessly across every type of terrain – horses are simply stunning athletes. Naturally fleet of foot, they have strength, stamina and intelligence to match. We ask a great deal of these amazing creatures when we ride them in competition, and our horses always deliver. The Sporting Horse is a glorious celebration of the athletic abilities of these beautiful animals, and the unique relationship that has evolved between horse and rider. Working side-by-side for centuries, horse and man have achieved a lasting synergy – and nowhere is that more evident than in the sporting arena. Taking each of the four key sporting characteristics – athleticism, speed, agility and endurance – veteran journalist Nicola Swinney explores how hundreds of years of selective breeding and careful training have developed and refined the horse’s natural ability to perform a diverse range of sporting pursuits. From dressage to polo, snow sports to carriage driving, steeplechasing to barrel racing, the book reveals how horse and rider work as one to achieve sporting excellence.