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Never Say Neigh: An Adventure in Fun, Funny, and the Power of Yes

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Meet Noah Vail, author… and horse. In Never Say Neigh, Noah shares his insights (with a little help from Mary Farr) with the humor and panache that only a clever horse can provide.

Meet Noah Vail-author, philosopher, humorist, gin rummy ace, and all-around "good news sort of guy." Noah, it also must be mentioned, is a horse, a handsome bay gelding with a debonair flair. Together with his partner and personal assistant, Madam (who happens to be human), Noah writes. More to the ...

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Overview

Meet Noah Vail, author… and horse. In Never Say Neigh, Noah shares his insights (with a little help from Mary Farr) with the humor and panache that only a clever horse can provide.

Meet Noah Vail-author, philosopher, humorist, gin rummy ace, and all-around "good news sort of guy." Noah, it also must be mentioned, is a horse, a handsome bay gelding with a debonair flair. Together with his partner and personal assistant, Madam (who happens to be human), Noah writes. More to the point, he talks and Madam writes about life-about "the human and equine condition"-and offers his unique perspective on a variety of topics. From his room at Evergreen Farm or when touring the country in his Comfy Sundowner horse trailer or attending international horse festivals, Noahs observations feature a central theme-the power of yes! As Madam and Noah write, "Yes, after all, is good for friendships. Yes broadens the possibilities for fun. Yes opens the door to new adventures, and yes can even spark up a dull workday."

Noah, as you quickly will discover, is no ordinary horse, and while his view may be through equine eyes, his comments hold universal appeal. Whether remarking on work or play, old friends or new, the state of the world, or even love and loss, Noah does so with a positive outlook and with "equal parts fun and funny."

Never Say Neigh is Mary Farr's (and Noahs) enchanting and thoroughly joyful account of a horse and his "business partner" and their life together. Madam and Noah's uplifting message is skillfully woven into charming stories that fill each chapter with inspiration and more than a touch of humor. Although Noah has some childlike qualities-his sense of wonder with the world, for example-this is not a children's book; it is a book for all ages. Join Madam and Noah on their journey and become-as they are-"expectant travelers, anticipating future good."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938690594
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,029,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Who Me, an Author? 1

2 From Meeker to Maple Plain 7

3 Madam and Noah Sign an Author's Agreement 15

4 Never Say Neigh 19

5 More Musical Rooms 27

6 Hooray for Mud Season 33

7 A Strange Encounter in Baker Park 37

8 Meeting Ghillie 43

9 Too Many Choices 49

10 The Art of Training Humans 53

11 Bedlam in Buffalo County 57

12 The Writing Life 67

13 Girl Troubles 71

14 The Training Disagreement 75

15 Off to the Emerald Isle 79

16 The Mystery of Women, Horses, and Food 89

17 No Bullying 93

18 Ghillie on YouTube 99

19 Age Advantage 105

20 Touring in the Comfy Sundowner 109

21 I'm a Rock Star 117

22 The Goat Companion Question 121

23 Montana on My Mind 127

24 It's All Part of a Horse's Job 135

25 When to Say No to Gardening 139

26 A North Woods Encounter 143

27 Kitty Mysteries 151

28 New Year's Resolutions 155

29 Beating the Winter Blahs 161

30 A Texas Tale 167

31 A Valentine Shortage 175

32 Speaking of Success 181

Glossary 189

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Never Say Neigh - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, La

    Never Say Neigh - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh,Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

    It takes a long time to train a human. None of this “get them broke in thirty days and into competition by age two” philosophy works with two-legged partners. It takes time and creativity on a horse’s part to get past all those self-assured human ways. In fact, most humans don’t know the difference between a horse problem and a horse lesson. Typically, they think training setbacks begin and end with the horse, though I beg to differ. I once heard a fellow blame his horse’s poor performance on the fact that the horse grew faster on one end than on the other. Now, this revelation caused quite a hoot in the horse community. We never did figure out which end grew faster, the rump or the withers. The gelding looked pretty even on both ends.

    So, can Noah train his human owner and talk her into helping him write a book? He has everything it takes to become a good author. He’s a good listener when the other horses talk. Unlike humans, he knows what they want and need. With ‘Madam’s’ help he will surely have a best seller out in no time.
    Noah was once a racer who just couldn’t quite make the speed. Madam bought him and took him home to his new home at Evergreen Farm. The accommodations left a lot to be desired at first but before long he was given a nice, spacious room that will end up being sufficient to double as his ‘office.’ That is as soon as he convinces Madam to co-author with him on the book that is sure to open the eyes of every horse lover out there. Who knows, he might even make friends with the other 4 legged animals running around like they own the place… the cat, dog, cows, other horses… and add a few of their comments and stories just in case someone other than a horse lover wants to buy his book. He might even fall in love with that pretty filly rooming across from him and write about her. All-in-all life is going to be just great in his new home with his new owner. If he can just get her trained!

    Meet the next 'Mr. Ed.' You can’t help but laugh as you read Noah’s comments and feelings about anything from dressage to jumping to cattle horses. And his conversations with the other animals such as the mouse will have you smiling and even laughing out loud. This is a very light hearted book that is enjoyable for adults as well as being the perfect book to read a chapter or so to the kids before lights out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Staria. A young woman who follows the life of a pirate. Her clothes are blue, classic basicly. An old fishing net, seashells, and fish scales with much else decorate her bloody red-head of hair. She is smart, witty, and stubborn. Holds a disturbing secret. Sister of ______. Captain of the Sturdy Star.
    Myriad. A young mermaid who dreams of land. A silvery fish tail with scales trailing up her body, no need for a bra. Her hair is blonde with streaks of blue. It is very long, tangled, and decorated with shells and coral. She follows the Sturdy Star with intrest in the strange lives of pirates.

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