Riding Barranca: Finding Freedom and Forgiveness on the Midlife Trail

Riding Barranca: Finding Freedom and Forgiveness on the Midlife Trail

by Laura Chester
     
 

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In this remarkable one-year journal, skilled horsewoman and adventurer Laura Chester brings us into her world, where we deeply connect with the earth and its seasons, with beauty and sometimes danger.

While riding in places as far-reaching as Mexico, Australia, and India, Chester is always grateful to come home to the comforts of her familiar horse. As they cover

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In this remarkable one-year journal, skilled horsewoman and adventurer Laura Chester brings us into her world, where we deeply connect with the earth and its seasons, with beauty and sometimes danger.

While riding in places as far-reaching as Mexico, Australia, and India, Chester is always grateful to come home to the comforts of her familiar horse. As they cover the borderland of Arizona and the hills of Massachusetts, we get to know Barranca as intimate companion, mediator between soul and nature, whether entering the wilds of Cochise Stronghold or picking Berkshire apples from the saddle.

Carried along on waves of memory, released by the gaits of her smooth-moving fox trotter, this literary memoir takes us on a personal exploration as well—where family relationships are fractured by anger, jealousy, illness, and death. With the help of her big-hearted animal, Chester is able to retrieve the past and find forgiveness. For as she says—“Riding Barranca puts me in the moment, which is where I want to live.”

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Publishers Weekly
Poet, writer, and avid equestrian Chester (Rancho Weirdo) saddles up for a memoir related to her love of horses and the open trail. She chronicles the wisdom gleaned from the back of a steed across states and foreign countries as she searches for understanding, reconciliation, and eventual acceptance of her familial relationships. She weaves her faith into the narrative at several points by peppering her equine encounters with reflection and recollection about her parents' marriage, the death of her father, and interactions with her siblings. "They say that the Holy Spirit is present when there are heartfelt tears," Chester writes, recalling a time when her father's crying interrupts his recitation of the Lord's Prayer as he recovers from an esophageal cancer operation. Readers may sometimes find the relationship be-tween Chester's times on the trail and her discussion of family struggles a stretch, but she consistently manages to pull in the reins on "the beauty and silence of nature" that lift her and other midlife riders. (June)
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"... Chester saddles up for a memoir related to her love of horses ... [S]he consistently manages to pull in the reins on "the beauty and silence of nature" that lift her and other midlife riders." —Publisher's Weekly

"[A] journey — both geographical and metaphorical — surveyed through the high-up lens of a wise woman on horseback; one whose greatest solace and joy stem from her daily jaunts through known and unknown territory." —Nichole Dupont, ruralintelligence.com

"From the start Chester is very good at completely drawing the reader into her world .... [T]hese are ... explorations of both the external environment ... and an internal environment she becomes more in touch with while on horseback."  —Goodhorsekeeping.com

"[T]he author, struggling with her mother's descent into Alzheimer's disease, spent a year on horseback, experiencing the healing beauty and silence of nature, and gaining 'some understanding for the complexity of family.'"—Lone Star Horse Report

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570765780
Publisher:
Trafalgar Square
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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