The Horse Gods by Milly Hunt Porter

Join us again in front of the truck as we have a visit with pioneering equestrian author and editor Milly Hunt Porter. Milly’s work forever changed the landscape of the horse world by bringing the philosophy of Tom Dorrance to any horse owner interested in learning to think about things from the horse’s point of view. In this visit we discuss her first work of fiction, a novel written entirely from a horse’s point of view chronicling her journey from a wild filly on the Nevada range and on through a variety of owners and living situations. Join “Old Mamma” as she remembers her life and the places and people that shaped her.

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The Horse Gods by Milly Hunt Porter

From the book:
Milly Hunt Porter gives a rare glimpse over the past thirty-plus years of subtle and not so subtle changes in the world of communication – communication between people and horses and people and people.

Her first work was the editing of “Think Harmony with Horses” written through the eyes of foremost equine clinician Ray Hunt. Her poignant poetry in “Hey Elko” is a collection that spans a time of personal healing. And, of course, there is “True Unity” a description of the ethereal understanding between man and horse as expressed by master of the art Tom Dorrance.

One wonders whether “The Horse Gods” is truly fiction – or is the longing of life’s search for itself. A lesson of ethics and love set to a background beginning on the wild 1950s Elko County range in Nevada to the urban 1980s San Joaquin Valley in California as seen through the eyes of a flashy little sorrel mare.

This story will be enjoyed, remembered and reread by people from nine to ninety, the characters will live on well past the last paragraph.

“The Horse Gods” opens with an aged mare marking time on an early fall afternoon. Half dozing, she flicks her tail at the pesky flies as she waits patiently for her last foal and her owner’s son to return from a most prestigious horse show. As the waiting continues, the mare relives her past—the pages in her memory book turn slowly from the time she ran free on the high desert of the untamed Nevada range and how dramatically that changed when she was roped by a determined rancher.

Each new person who enters her world leaves her with a definite impression as to that person’s character. Her observations are surprisingly insightful and one will learn to read expressions of deep emotion, not through the pages of this book, but by looking beyond the written word and into their own heart and soul.

The pages of our little mare’s memory book take unexpected twists and turns spread over a quarter of a century of horse and human history. And, although times change, it becomes crystal clear to readers that the importance of patience and understanding between human and horse and human and human is utmost in our journey through life.

Softcover, 266 pages.

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