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post #2491 of 3042 Old 10-28-2018, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am sorry you are missing your mare. Are your writing a real book?! I had a mare I often think of and miss. I used to ride her in my dreams long after she was gone, but lately it has been Bones I am running around on.
Yes, have now finished Halla's book. Whether it's "real" is sort of subjective, but I enjoy reading through the memories I wrote about Amore now and again, so put down many memories of Halla too. It is a compilation of stories about her life and personality, some of which will be familiar because I had posted them on the forum.

Keep in mind if you read it that it may not be as interesting to sort through another person's memories of their horse. But I write books mainly for myself to read, silly as that sounds. I love reading so much that I write things to read later.

I'd like to point out that the forum has some real writers who I would like to encourage to put together a book, because it is not difficult at all to take a Word document from your computer and make it into an Ebook on Amazon that you can read on computer or Kindle. It's free and rather entertaining. I am probably forgetting some obvious folks, and @SueC is already a pro, but @knightrider has some wonderful stories, and @Foxhunter 's adventures are incredible, and @Knave could make a beautiful book straight from her journal. @bsms could write a book about Mia, or thoughts about horse riding and training.

Even after you read through a document several times, you can miss typos and tense issues, I see at least twelve I need to fix right now, so I apologize and will update the file. Feel free to point out issues if they bother you.
I write under a "nom de plume."
I also have a fantasy book (mythical creatures and such) that isn't a horse story, which I wrote for my own amusement under the same name. @knightrider was kind enough to read it and critique it for me. She was very helpful to me, and read some of my "practice" writing that wasn't really fit for human consumption, and helped me sort some of that out.

I haven't figured out how to make the books free, but they are allowed to be free for 5 days, so you can download them until the 1st.
Amore's book is "Round Pen, Square Horse."
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=evelyn+ma...ref=nb_sb_noss
Halla's book is "Horse On Fire."
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JV8QLL4...r_1_fkmrnull_2
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That is great! I will definitely read them. :)
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Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you? - Balaamís Donkey
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I read Round Pen Square Horse. I loved it! You tell it in a way that is interesting to read; I never felt lost, but always could picture myself there. I understood both your horses and you.

Not only did I love the book and the way that it was written, but I was so impressed with you. I was awed by your determination and ability to respond to situations. I knew this already by reading your journal, but it was different getting to take the whole journey with you. It was interesting to get to see what you came up against starting later in life but yet holding so much knowledge. To start with Amore too... just wow.

Also, it was good for me to read your conclusion. Cowchick is my friend, and we were just discussing something similar. Like accepting the faults and loving a horse for what he actually is.

You know that I love Bones having read my journal. He is perfect for me and has taught me so much about being a person, about God and about how I respond to things. His reactions, embarrassingly, are similar to my own.

At the same time I am forced lately, more so during his time off, to recognize his limitations. I found myself struggling massively with that. I donít want him to have any unsermountable holes, almost like it takes away from him. I am looking at that with more distance as I tell him hello and brush him off, giving him love and yet riding Cash during this spell where he needs time to heal. From a distance I can see his limitations donít take away from him. They, like his other issues, are only a piece of him. I donít need to force success in these areas on him; after all, we all are good at what we are good at. Our holes are what actually makes us whole.

I feel often that I was given him to learn about more than horses. General taught me about horsemanship. Iíve always ridden, always worked on the back of a horse, and my horses have been good. General though was different, and I had to learn different things. He taught me more about being a good horseman than any horse I have ever ridden before or since. Bones though... Bones was given to me to learn about who I want to be.
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From a distance I can see his limitations donít take away from him. They, like his other issues, are only a piece of him. I donít need to force success in these areas on him; after all, we all are good at what we are good at. Our holes are what actually makes us whole.

I feel often that I was given him to learn about more than horses. General taught me about horsemanship. Iíve always ridden, always worked on the back of a horse, and my horses have been good. General though was different, and I had to learn different things. He taught me more about being a good horseman than any horse I have ever ridden before or since. Bones though... Bones was given to me to learn about who I want to be.
Great thoughts! I am so glad you are sharing about Bones on your journal. I'm learning a lot from you, your horses and your family.
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Like accepting the faults and loving a horse for what he actually is.
I liked the entire post but this was my favorite line.

@Knave What is your journal title?

I think it important to always be mindful that the horse actually owes us nothing at all and it is we who owe the horse. "It's a goal"
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@Hondo it is Zeus and the Sorrel Brigade.
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Anyone who hasn't read Zeus and the Sorrel Brigade is in for a real treat.
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...and I wish I weren't such a slow analytical reader, or I'd be able to tackle the 100 page plus journals from their start too! One day. It's funny how I actually write faster than I read. It's because I generally already know what I'm going to say! So I don't have to think about it too much, or go through the usual rigmarole. When journalling I'm mostly just transcribing what's already there, instead of assimilating new stuff...

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Wow, thank you also for the compliment @gottatrot ! I am currently reading your Horse on Fire. I am enjoying it!
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I also can't wait to read Horse on Fire. I loved Round Pen, Square Horse. I have a library book that I ordered from another county which can't be renewed, due on Thursday, 500 pages, so I have got to finish that and give it back. It's Book 3 of the Wolfblade Trilogy, and ever so good! But I am really looking forward to Horse on Fire, which I am certain will also be ever so good!!!!
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