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And there it was: the peat smell of an ending summer, oiled leather, hay wet with rain. The horse was as black as the sharp keys on a piano with magnificent brown eyes. My heart sang out to this great beast, and he answered with a toot through his gigantic nostrils. I was dressed. The horse was tacked. It was time to go.

Courtney Maum is thirty-seven years old when she finds herself in an indoor arena in Connecticut, moments away from stepping back into the saddle. For her, this is not just a riding lesson, but a last-ditch attempt to pull herself back from the brink even though riding is a relic from the past she walked away from. She hasn’t been on or near a horse in over thirty years.

Although Maum does know what depression looks like, she finds herself refusing to admit, at this point in her life, that it could look like her: a woman with a mortgage, a husband, a healthy child, and a published novel. That she feels sadness is undeniable, but she feels no right to claim it. And when both therapy and medication fail, Courtney returns to her childhood passion of horseback riding as a way to recover the joy and fearlessness she once had access to as a young girl. As she finds her way, once again, through the world of horseback riding—and how she fits within it—Courtney becomes reacquainted with herself not only as a rider but as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a writer, and a woman. Alternating timelines and braided with historical portraits of women and horses alongside history’s attempts to tame both parties, this courageous, timely memoir is a love letter to the power of animals—and humans—to heal the mind and the heart.

©2022 Courtney Maum (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Masterpiece

I loved every second of listening to this book. The authors voice is beautiful, soothing and has a great cadence in her storytelling. The subject matter was relatable and brought me to tears. I very much related to the challenges of being a mother, finding a passion or reigniting a passion from my youth, depression, loss, and learning some little nuances of healing without necessarily resorting to medications. Even if you’re not a horseback rider, you will appreciate this wonderful book. I recommended it to several friends all of them are simultaneously enjoying it. Great work Courtney. You are talented storyteller and I can’t wait for your next book.

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Not what I expected. Disappointing

Not at all what I expected. The narrator had a very monotone voice. As a horsewoman I expected more