If ever there was a lead mare in a herd, Jana Harris’s thoroughbred mare True Colors was it.
In Horses Never Lie About Love, Harris details her relationship with this mare, who was to form the backbone of her new sport horse breeding stud.
This is a story which appears not to be focused so much on equestrian readers, but more toward those who are animal lovers and interested in horse behaviour and herd dynamics. It tells of the journey of Harris and her husband take into farm ownership in Washington state, from buying mares to breeding foals and owning their own stallion.
As such the author does not give as much equestrian background as might be expect in a true equine memoir, but for the non-horseman, or animal lover, it will be an interesting read.
There are a few entertaining, oddball characters who pass into and out of the farm – some never to be seen again – just like any horse operation. Same as the horses.
Indeed, Harris shares anecdotes and experiences from her early days that many a horseman might not fess up to, but she also admits to being new to the world of horse breeding. We all had to start somewhere!
Horses Never Lie About Love
by Jana Harris
B-Format Paperback, Dec 2011, 288pp
Available from Amazon
Jana Harris is an award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer, and creative writing teacher. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the PEN West Center Book Award, Harris won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2001. Her writing consistently attracts attention at the highest level. She now lives with her husband in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they raise horses.
The heartwarming story of a remarkable horse who changed the world around her
When Jana Harris first laid eyes on a beautiful mare named True Colors, something about her and the way she guarded her foal spoke to Harris.
But when True Colors was delivered to Harris’ 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 sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener on clothes to a gate in a fence.
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.
Horses Never Lie About Love 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. There is a famous horseman’s saying: A horse never lies about pain. But maybe we should also consider: A horse never lies about love.