A good Horse BookGood horse book
Jane Smiley's good horse
Obviously, you adore a horse. This the kind of book you wanted to see when you were a kid? Well, it's more or less the kind of book I was reading. In 1960 when I was a kid - this year I was 10 and 11 years old - there were many horse bookreihen.
Love them all and reading them all. I' m reading the Black Stallion and other Walter Farley book. I' ve also been reading Nancy Drew and other shows. When you were a child, did you have a horse or did you rode? I' ve always done things with a horse. Journalist JS: My journalist, Joan Slattery, told me that there are no more horse novels for them.
When she said it, it opened the whole universe to me. Thinking of the fact that where I am living in California, it is the centre of another kind of horse workout that takes place here. Recently I had seen the movie My Friend Flicka, in which they broke the horse in an old-fashioned way.
They' ll carry the horse down until it can't battle any more. You' ll think the horse is bankrupt. However, where I am living, it is the centre of another kind of workout begun by two men, Bill and Tom Dorrance. Beginning in the sixties, they observed and saw how a horse dealt with each other.
You deduced from what the horse's bodylanguage said to each other. Both of them, especially Tom, took these lesson they had learnt from a horse and put them into horse school. Never before has this kind of exercise, the encouragement of the horse to work together, been presented in a book for youngsters.
I' ve also seen a beautiful book on the hometication of wildlife, The Covenant of the Wild by Stephen Budiansky, and the writer speaks about how hometicates keep their playing skills. Horse will leap because it's a game to them. who was a whiz kid with a horse.
It is Abby who is dealing with both a strong-willed sire and a strong-willed horse. Were you going to compose the book in which these two relations change side by side over the course of the novel? This book is part of a sequence of three or more of them. Horse come and go and it just happens that in the first book I wanted to speak about Tom Dorrance's way of practice.
What I wanted to discuss was the difference between the old and the new kind of education. There are other facets of Abby's existence to be found in upcoming novels. But I wanted to get Jem Jarrow in there so that his idea could affect the way the reader would see them.
Was this because she is a child, or because she turned out to be wise and prudent with regard to them? Sometime in the book I mentioned that the boy and the dad get along, that they are made of the same material. They insert a great deal of horse grooming information into the book without it looking like an instruction book.
Do you want the reader to get out of the book and know about the dynamic between a horse and a being? One of the things that Uncle Luke and his daddy embodied was that a horse was mechanically. Had you said in the 1960' that a horse had thoughts or could be like a human being, you would have just made folks smile.
As a kid, my mom and dad used to buy me the World Book Encyclopediaet. There was a diagram of animals' intelligences in the horse's column, and the horses' intelligentsia was on the ground, and I really angered that. In my horse breeding practice, they are really intelligent and think all the while.
During the whole show what I wanted to do was that Abby sees the horse as an individual and not as a machine and that the way the horse lives in the animal kingdom is interesting and how they see the animal kingdom is interesting. Do you know all the horse information you have written about from your horse experiences or did you have to research for the book?
When I wrote the book, I asked her to do what Tom would have done. The book was written in the sixties because things have slightly altered. Personally, I no longer believe that ranch life is so much a part of our own part of the planet and that's why I established it in the sixties.
You ever had a horse like Ornery George? Horse can have a poor upbringing, but luckily its upbringing is much weaker. Are you planning to write more for younger people? Says JS: "This show has now aroused my interest, so I'm not really going to think about it.
However, I tried to offer my journalist a book about the yawn, and it would put children all over the globe to sleep. What would that be?