The Horsey Life

A Journey of Discovery with a Rather Remarkable Mare

by Simon Barnes

  • Published: 01 Apr 2010
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Format: Ebook
  • Extent: 256p
  • ISBN: 9781906021948
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All I can say is that there was something – right from the first. A stubby little mare, bright bay with remarkably large ears. A white star on her forehead shaped like Madagascar, and a huge arse…

This is the story of an extraordinary relationship – and an extraordinary horse. When Barnes buys Dolly Dolores VII, he knows he has got something special. She is feisty, restless, mysterious – sometimes crazily unpredictable. But she is also, to her owner’s delight, a jumper of mesmerising poise and skill; she canters like a ballerina, gallops like a wild thing. And somehow, they just get on.

Then, one day, Dolly does something so startling, so inexplicable that she brings her owner to breaking point. Barnes is faced with a terrible decision… The Horsey Life is about a friendship pushed to its limits; but it is also filled with larks and joy – a book which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.

““Truly illuminating... Simon Barnes understands what the horsey life is all about.” ”
Monty Roberts
““The Horsey Life is humorous, life-affirming, touching and enlightening. One for lovers of horses and happy endings.” ”
<em>Manchester Evening News</em>
““Barnes evokes the roller-coaster emotions of riding, the cocktail of fear and exhilaration, with poetic precision. The realisation that the partnership with the horse is not about domination or power but about trust has never been better described.” ”
<em>The Spectator</em>

About Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.

Other books by this author

<a href=""><strong>How To Be Wild</strong></a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link">In How to be Wild, Barnes takes us on a year-long journey, from one raucous spring to the next, with elephants and mosquitoes, dolphins and flying squirrels, giraffes and butterflies as his companions. </a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href=""><strong>The Meaning of Sport</strong></a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link">In <em>The Meaning of Sport</em>, award-winning sportswriter Simon Barnes gives you his grandstand seat for a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany – via the Ashes series, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, and more.</a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href=""><strong>A Book of Heroes</strong><br />Or a Sporting Half-Century</a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link">In this gripping new book, Simon Barnes brings together his 50 sporting heroes of the last 50 years and looks at what it is that elevates them to a state of grace and greatness. </a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href=""><strong>Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed</strong><br />An Introduction to Birdsong</a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link">This vital book – with a free podcast – takes you from winter into spring. You start with robin, and end up with nightingales.</a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href=""><strong>My Natural History</strong><br />The Animal Kingdom and How It Shaped Me</a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link">In <em>My Natural History</em> Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it. </a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href=""><strong>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</strong><br />To the Greater Glory of Life</a><br /><a href="" class="plain-link"><em>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</em> shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.</a><a href=""><img  src="" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>