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My Year with a Horse Paperback – 15 Jul 2016
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About the Author
Having written for national newspapers and magazines for over twenty-seven years, Hazel currently writes mainly for The Times, the Telegraph and the Mail. She has travelled to more than thirty countries but is a rural girl at heart, having grown up in a village where her family have lived for over five hundred years. This is her first book.
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This book inspired me to get back into the saddle after months of just not getting around to it. It reminded me of everything I love about horses and life with them. Hazel's love for Duke is palpable and echoed my own love of a horse I had the privilege of owning a number of years ago. The book will make you laugh out loud, and likely shed a tear or two before the end. It's a book about being human, the difficulties life can throw in your path, and finding your way with humour and love.
If my review doesn't convince you to hit "add to basket", perhaps these words from the great Monty Roberts will:
"I am impressed with her intellectual approach to better understanding her relationship with these animals that she obviously admires [...] Ms Southam seems to clearly understand the flight animal."
There can be no higher praise, surely.
It's a touching tale of overcoming fear and the love and bond that can build between horse and rider.
If you love horses, you'll love this!
Yet, shining through this difficult year is Hazel’s delightful relationship with a horse called Duke. At the year’s beginning, she had never rode a horse – by the end of it, Hazel can’t wait to get back with Duke and to be riding out through the Hampshire countryside.
The year is described with humour, insight and a willingness to be open about the pain that the author is experiencing. Not just physical pain from the disease, but the deep emotional pain from seeing her father decline through dementia and to see his strong personality evaporating through the condition.
This is a delightful read, with Hazel Southam using her keen journalistic insights to tell the story of a key 12 months in her life, and how a new-found love of a horse and of riding helped her come through.