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About the Author
Table of Contents
PART ONE: HOOKED ON HAYBURNERS
Be advised that loving horses is a surefire way to let the world know you’re slightly bonkers. Once hooked on horses, you’ll give your beloved steeds more love and attention than you do your spouse, children, or parents. Dating couples have been known to go separate ways when he or she prefers four-footed equines to a hot date.
Horsing Around One: Acquiring a Steed
Wherein you learn that you know more about moon travel than you know about purchasing a horse.
Horsing Around Two: Rules of Horsemanship: # 1: Get Mounted. #2: Stay Mounted.
Wherein you learn about Out West hayburners, and wherein you also learn what “saddle sore” means.
Horsing Around Three: Kid Horses
Wherein you learn that some horses are better babysitters than television, ice cream, or a pet baboon.
Horsing Around Four: Coping with Pro-Tem Equines and Oddball Horses
Wherein you become a short-term owner of a variety of steeds. And wherein you learn that some horses have BBs for brains.
PART TWO: RIDIN’, RIDIN’, RIDIN’
Once you’ve found and purchased the mount you know you’ll love forever, you’ll spend great wads of time, money, and effort on riding anywhere, anytime, for any reason.
Horsing Around Five: Buying the Horse of Your Dreams
Wherein you ride up a cloudy draw in pursuit of your dream horse—Smokey, a prince among horses.
Horsing AroundSix: Horseback Games
Wherein you learn how to whoop it up in gymkhanas. And wherein Smokey is a steed with attitude and pizzazz.
Horsing Around Seven: Rodeo and Other Ways to Hurt Yourself
Wherein you learn to ride a shovel, and that it’s best to keep a goodly supply of Band-Aids near.
PART THREE: THROWING THE HOULIHAN
Watching an afternoon of team roping is a little like watching paint dry—unless you’re a participant. In which case, you and your horse are keen competitors.
Horsing Around Eight: History of the Sport of Ranch Roping
Wherein you learn that while Will Rogers was called the “Roping Fool,” you’re pretty sure you’re merely a roping dunce.
Horsing Around Nine: Ropes, Lariats, Lassos, Riatas
What People are Saying About This
Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse is a memorable book for its equine and human characters: a wandering, social butterfly of a horse who thinks he is a king; a ranch owner’s wife who collects “flamingo art, flamingo ceramics, and flamingo doodads” and a narrator who is consistently above-board with what’s on her mind…To read this book is to join Petersen around a campfire, slapping knees together at the adventuresome blessing that is the horse life…At once a humorous memoir and legitimate guidebook, this book is an up-close-and-personal introduction to the cowgirl’s days and the charm of the horses that fill them.
Foreword September/October 2009