One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

by Mandy Retzlaff

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ISBN-13: 9780062204394
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 492,105
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Mandy Retzlaff is a lifelong horse lover and farmer. Today, Mandy and her husband, Pat Retzlaff, run a horse safari company on the Mozambique coast, taking tourists on rides through the wild and wonderful country that they now call home.

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One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Dahlonega1 More than 1 year ago
i was taken with this book on the first page, She is a very good story teller and the fact it is a true story just makes  it better. The story of the rescue is really good but also the descriptions of the land and the people made the book  extra special. I learned a lot from this book and I recommend it highly.
crazyreaderAP More than 1 year ago
if you like horses, you will enjoy this rescue True story.
BettyF More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book and I can't put it down.  One cannot imagine having to live like the Retzlaff's did, with one temporary home after another and the constant fear for themselves, their friends and neighbors, and their beloved horses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A painful and true account of white African horse people. You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens to the herd and if they make it out safely.
JAEJE More than 1 year ago
In 2001 when President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe released over 7,000 prisoners as his "war vets", the killing and ravaging of the white farmers began as an ethnic cleansing. White land owners were usually given only a 4 hour warning to evict their homes and farms or be beaten or killed. Being forced to leave on such short notice meant leaving behind not only a lifetime's possessions, but all of their beloved horses. Pat and Mandy Retzlaff became known as the "horse people"--rescuing and moving the horses across the heavily guarded border and leaving behind the only home they had ever really known. This story is the autobiography of the Retzlaff's lives--remarkable people of how they began their lives over and over after repeatably losing everything they had worked for. I was shocked at the brutality of Mugabe's destruction of Zimbabwe.
Gina321 More than 1 year ago
I found this book a bit disturbing on the fact that the African people are so uneducated destroying the farms that feed them.  Anyone who destroys animals for pure pleasure is sick and not even considered human. I would have liked to seen Oprah add this memoir to her current reading list, she who supports Africa.  I give the Retzlaff family and others involved in this land war a round of applause for endearing all they went through and not giving up.  I think of you often when I am having a bad day which turns out to be a good day compared to what you lived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this beautiful story of the how the issues in Africa continued to energize this family to an ongoing and increasing devotion to the land and the horses. The issues they faced with the corrupt governments of one small country after another and the sacrifices they made to save the horses (104 of them) was a committment of love not only to their friends, the horses, their children, but to each other.
JinxMT More than 1 year ago
This is a true story about a family who love and train horses. It's hard to imagine living in a country that doesn't have the freedoms and stability of the USA. Living in a country that is suddenly at war and has no regard for it's people. A country at war that takes and destroys from it's people. A government head who takes estates and gives them to his family and friends. And as estates are taken, the people are forced to leave and they leave their prize horses with this family and so the herd grows until they and their help are forced to flee but they will not leave their horse herd. The trials and tribulation that are encountered will keep you enthralled in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and educational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing true story - if you love horses you will appreciate this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leave a review or go back to facebook ! I loved the book even though it was painfull to read at times! I admire the people and all they did for their horses! I hope their lives are all that they always hoped for! You are the best of GODS creation and i hope you are somewhere living the life you always "planned for"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want a pant,palomino,lipizzaner, and morgan horse!!!:)
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This is a riveting tale of great courage and love, that is also incredibly true. I could hardly put this book dow,n, but forced myself to do so because I did not want it to end. (Please write a sequel, Mandy.) As a horse owner, I related to their feelings for their horses: angst, joy, grappling with difficult situations. It also helped me appreciate being a horse owner in America, where we're horses are, for the most part, respected. At times it was hard to read, but the author balanced it with the beauty of nature and the character and antics of their horses. Very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Typical men."
mel1710 More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book. What Mandy and Pat went through to save these horses is remarkable. I can highly recommend it as it is well worth reading. I would love to visit them one day at the Mozambique Horse Safari.
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Very sad yet inspirational book. Highly recommended!
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What happened to Imprevu? Otherwise, it was good... heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never give up should be their motto. Although they had to leave zimbawe..they took their beloved animals with them.it shows you that courage and perseverance can win ?
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