Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse

Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse

by Gwen Petersen

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Gwen Petersen earlier enlightened us on the joys of shoveling manure. Now, in this delightful new collection of pithy and hilarious essays, she explains how her philosophy of life comes with a good dose of horse sense. Here’s advice on how to fall off a horse with style, dressing to avoid embarrassing your equine friend, 1,001 uses for bag balm, perfecting the care and feeding of veterinarians and farriers, cattle drives and brandings, and falling in love all over again (with a horse, that is). Petersen’s words are as amusing as they are instructive, and whether you’re a horse lover or simply someone in need of a down-to-earth laugh, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

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ISBN-13: 9781616731526
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 11/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Gwen Petersen lives near Big Timber, Montana, where she raises miniature horses and works on her attitude. In addition, this Erma Bombeck of the barnyard writes a regular column for the Fence Post, performs at cowboy-poetry gatherings, and ramrods the annual Sagebrush Writers Workshop. She is the author of How to Shovel Manure and The Greenhorn’s Guide to the Woolly West. http://www.cowboypoetry.com/gwenpetersen.htm

Table of Contents




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.


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.


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

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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

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