If you like reading horse books, this will become one of your favorites. The author penned the true story of her orphaned horse, Sequoyah. The foal was born in a Virginia field during a snowstorm. Because her mother couldn’t produce milk, she abandoned Sequoyah at birth.
Heather and Hugh Irwin rescued the foal and took her in a horse trailer to a stall in their neighbors’ barn. There they, their friends, and the veterinarian helped Sequoyah fight for her life for her first two challenging weeks. The horse remained smaller and more vulnerable than other horses. Sequoyah acted more like a human than a horse because she couldn’t be around other horses that could teach her. She was too small to be around them safely. She loved to follow her human mommy Heather everywhere, and she learned from their many talks.
Caring for Sequoyah was the author’s first opportunity to see what having a horse in her life would be like. What a life-changing experience for both of them! You’ll find yourself crying, holding your breath, and laughing as Sequoyah grows up, learns what it means to be a horse, gets to know her best friend Ellie the miniature donkey, and realizes how deeply she loves her human mom and dad.
|Publisher:||Paws and Claws Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
The events leading up to the evacuation from Iran were a torrential and potentially mind-blowing experience for her, but they're what gave her the strength and confidence to move forward and focus her life on what she loved.
Heather's heart belongs to the country life, to her husband, and to animals of all shapes and sizes. She's always worked with and around animals and has given them homes from the time she was able to walk and talk. At the age of 14, she started working for a veterinarian so she could work around animals and help them if she could. After that, she worked at a couple of pet shops and at a zoo for one summer. Her love for animals has led her to taking on her biggest challenge and responsibility, which was adopting and caring for her orphaned horse that she named Sequoyah.
In her 20s, she became a National Park Service Ranger after graduating from college with her BS degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 1988. She started her National Park Service job the following year. That was part of her dream.
Two things that have motivated Heather are the chances to step out of traditional roles for women and to pursue skills that women don't usually acquire. She was trained by the National Park Service and worked in cliff rescues, wildland fires, ocean rescues, and law enforcement as a National Park Service Ranger. She also conducted traffic and speed-enforcement duties during a lot of her assignments. She's ridden horses while patrolling Civil War battlefields.
Being a National Park Service Ranger afforded her the above opportunities as well as the opportunity to work outdoors, which she loves. Some of her responsibilities also included interpreting the history of the parks in which she was working and working in resource management as well. That included being aware of the park and its particular resources, protecting those resources through educating the public and through law enforcement, and more. In some of the parks, these were natural resources. In other parks, they were cultural resources.
While she was growing up, Heather had dogs, cats, gerbils, hermit crabs, rabbits, a duck, a mouse, crayfish that she and her brother "fished" out of the creek, and other miscellaneous creatures that she loved. She never had a horse, but she always enjoyed horses through books and movies.
She got the opportunity to see what having a horse in her life would be like in the winter of 1999. The little horse-just two days old-became her responsibility in more ways than one. Not only would she become the keeper of this little baby, but also she would become its adoptive mother as well. The little horse that she named Sequoyah was orphaned from her real mother because her real mother didn't produce any milk for her. Sequoyah was facing a battle for her life in her first two weeks, and Heather faced all kinds of changes and challenges in her life as a result of taking on the job of motherhood of this baby. Life changed dramatically for both of them forever!