Well, I Lied, I kept Reading Horse Books
When I opened up the kindle store, of course, my kindle knows me and suggests horse books first. It couldn’t hurt just to check them outright? Well, it couldn’t hurt, but it did make me lie to all of you loyal followers of my blog. I have to admit, I read all horse fiction again in the month of September instead of branching out like I said I was going to.
Bittersweet Farm Series
So the series I stumbled upon is called the Bittersweet Farm Series. There are a lot of books in the series, 16 I think. I’m on 11 now or something.
The basic storyline is about a rich family, with two girls riding horses on the A-circuit doing hunter jumper, they fire their old trainer, and end up hiring a new one. Of course, he is young and hot, his name is Lockie Malone.
Lockie got the job as a last resort because nobody else would hire him. He had had a terrible fall on a cross country course with his horse “Wingspread”, that left both him and the horse rehabilitating for a long time.
The reason I justified reading these horse books when I said I was going to read non-horse books in September, is because the reason Lockie could not find a job training for a bigger better farm was that he was living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury from his fall.
He had been off the circuit for a while, sort of forgotten in the eventing world. Everyone assumed his riding days were over. When he finally was well enough to ride and couldn’t find a job, he had sold everything he owned besides his truck and horse trailer. He was desperate. That is when the opportunity at Bittersweet presented its self. Though it was not anything like he had hoped for. It was a job and he took it.
Really Good Horsemanship
This book is full of really good horsemanship and training stuff. If Lockie Malone was a real horse trainer, I would most definitely want to ride with him. His philosophy is to listen to the horse, get to know them as individuals and treat them each according to what they need. Not every horse can be ridden the same as the others.
There was one part where he was at a horse show with a little girl who was crying because she hadn’t got a ribbon. He explained to her that a class at a horse show, or a lesson or anything you do with your horse is a snapshot in time. You did the very best you could at that very moment. Then the moment passes, we learn from it and another moment comes along. In other words, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself for a bad ride or a bad show, because of your ability as a rider and trainer is not based on this one snapshot incident. It is based on your all-around horsemanship. I think I will stow that one away for a time when maybe it will help one of my students! Those who understand this philosophy have the potential to go far with horses and riding!
Living With TBI
Besides the horse stuff that I love, there are the constant other storylines of Lockie living with the effects of his T.B.I. How it affects his riding, his ability to maintain a training schedule and manage a barn..all while having the struggles I have every day, fatigue, headache, light sensitivity all that stuff.
I have read a lot about TBI of course and how to deal with it on a day to day basis. Never though have I read anything specifically about a professional horse person. Even though it is fiction, the stuff he went through each day is the same thing that I do.
Fiction or not, the way he is portrayed as he goes through his horsey life with T.B.I is so much like what I’m going through. It may be fiction writing, but that part of it is totally true to life.
It even goes into one of the hardest things, which is getting people to understand why you can’t do this or that, because on the outside you may look okay. You can’t explain a brain bruise to someone. It is something they have to experience to understand. The book makes this very clear.
Anyway, That Is My Excuse!
I stumbled upon horse books that have good horsemanship in them as well as the main character living with T.B.I. That is why I broke my promise to branch out and read something else in September.
I still have quite a few of the Bittersweet Farm series to finish, never know maybe sometime in October I will get around to keeping my promise of reading some non-horse books!