When I Was a Kid...
June 17, 2012
I wanted a horse. I did not want to be anything except a girl with a horse. I read all the books about horse breeds and all the books about how to care for and feed a horse. I saved my allowance for riding lessons. I wrote a book about a girl and her horse--in my journal of course, not for real. My poor dad--he never said no to me when I was a kid, never, and he had to say no to a horse.
A one income family living in the suburbs in the 50s and 60s--no way he could afford that and college for me and my brother. I never got a horse. But now I have 34 head of registered blue faced Leicester sheep, 5 border collies, a wonderful old blue heeler farm dog, and 10 acres. I finally did rescue a very old horse for a short while. He stayed with me until he could go to a farm up north that rescued old horses. During that short time with him, I realized why I never felt I had missed out all those years -- horses are very tall and weigh an awful lot. I'll take my gentle sheep and brilliant dogs anytime!
We have many books about the care and feeding of horses of all ages here at MCPL. Try The Field Guide to Horses by Daniel Johnson. There are also several books about the importance of horses and their position as a young girl's best friend. You might give the Thoroughbred series a try. Check it out!