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Horses Never Lie about Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Herby Jana Harris
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When Jana Harris moved with her husband to Washington State for a teaching job, she realized that she could also fulfill her lifelong dream of having a horse farm. And Harris knew the horse on whom she could build her dreams the minute she saw her on a ranch in the Eastern Mountains where a herd had been corralled to be sold: a beautiful, deep dark redand#8211;colored mare known as a blood bay, standing about sixteen hands, with a pretty head with a white star and a narrow stripe that slid down her face to two black nostrils. Something about the way the mare guarded her handsome foal, a black two-month-old 200-pound colt, spoke to Harris. The mare was named True Colors. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But when True Colors was delivered to Harrisand#8217;s ranch three months later, she was unrecognizable. She had gone feral, run away, and been recaptured. Terrified of people, she was head-shy from the infected sores on her face and her lungs were damaged by smoke-induced pneumonia. She sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener on clothes to a gate in a fence. Her will to escape was enormous. This injured, traumatized horse existed between two worldsand#8212;wild and domesticatedand#8212;and belonged to neither. But there were glimmers of hope: The other horses fell in love with her on sight, just as Harris had. And true to her name and herself, True Colors would never pretend to be something she was not; with her wise, intuitive nature, she would end up changing the lives of everyone she encountered, animal and human. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Horses Never Lie About Love andlt;/Iandgt;is the story of this remarkable horse and the revelations about life and love that she gave Harris over the course of their decades together. Now thirty-three years old, this complex, magnetic animal retains the outsize personality that transforms everyone around her, both human and equine. True Colors has grown to become the heart of the range and the farm, her quiet wisdom transmitting a strength of character that transcends the thin line between animals and the humans they love. There is a famous horsemanand#8217;s saying: andlt;Iandgt;A horse never lies about its pain. andlt;/Iandgt;But maybe we should also consider: andlt;Iandgt;A horse never lies about love.andlt;/Iandgt;
"Harris, a teacher of creative writing at the University of Washington, shares the inspiring story of True Colors, a horse who overcomes severe challenges to becomes the heart and soul of Harris's farm. Reared by negligent breeders who left the young horse unprotected, True Colors is burned and lung damaged by nearby wildfires. Skittish and almost feral, the horse avoids eye contact with people and is in evident pain and distress, wracked by deep, full-bellied coughs. Harris begins to slowly gain the wary animal's trust, healing True Colors's body and spirit. The real breakthrough happens when True Colors's gives birth; having a foal softens her, she becomes instinctively nurturing and protective. It's a moving story that only loses steam when Harris digresses and shares bland personal details. True Colors is the star of the story, and the narrative gathers momentum and meaning when it returns to the horse's triumph over so many obstacles and her powerful bond with her master." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Combining the drama of The God of Animals with the powerful realism of Chosen by a Horse, award-winning poet Jana Harris tells the inspiring story of her twenty-four year relationship with a troubled but beautiful, blood-red feral mare who, in spite of her troubled past, has a talent for healing and helping every human and other being she comes into contact with.
When Jana Harris and her husband landed in Washington State, Harris realized that she could fulfill her lifelong dream of raising and riding horses. But in True Colors, her first broodmare, Harris got more than she bargained for: a complex, traumatized animal whose outsized personality would transform everyone around her, both human and equine.
When True Colors arrived at Harris’s farm, she was in dire shape. She had survived a range fire that had scarred her head, ears, and lungs, and she was terrified of most people, especially men. True Colors sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener to a gate in a fence, and her will to escape was enormous. In Horses Never Lie About Love, Harris lyrically recounts how this wounded, implacable beast nevertheless held a magical influence over the other horses of the ranch and how she eased uncannily into the role of mother after having a foal. In time she became the heart of the ranch—now thirty-three years old, she is a matriarchal presence without whom the other horses cannot sleep at night, and whose quiet wisdom transmits strength of character that transcends the thin line between animals and the humans they love. On sale:
Memoir of a damaged but magnetic feral mare named True Colors who changed everyone she met, equine and human, and especially her devoted owner.
About the Author
andnbsp;andlt;bandgt;Jana Harrisandlt;/bandgt; is a poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist who teaches creative writing at the University of Washington and is a Washington State Governorand#8217;s Writers Award and Andres Berger Award winner, as well as a PEN West Center Award finalist. She won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2001 and is editor and founder of andlt;i andgt;Switched-on Gutenbergandlt;/iandgt;, one of the first electronic global poetry journals. She lives in the Cascade Mountains with her husband, where they raise horses.
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