Stable Relation is technically more than just a horse story. It’s about starting over in life, perseverance, and forming a community–both human and animal. Click here to see the book trailer on YouTube.
I finished the e-book version and wanted more chapters, as I had become attached to Anna’s menagerie of farm animals and was captivated by her beautiful use of sensory details. I could picture the scenes of farm life on the Colorado prairie as though they were being played out on a movie screen.
The winter snowstorm chapter had me completely stressed out and almost shivering. When a group of special needs guests visited Anna’s farm and her gentle llamas Sebastian and Holiday met each person almost nose to nose, I was more than a little sniffly. (Speaking of llamas, I learned quite a bit about them and actually thought to myself, “Bucket list: Get a llama.”)
And the leading horse of the tale, Anna’s “Grandfather Horse” an Appaloosa who has been mistaken for a Lipizzaner while competing at a dressage show melted my heart.
The story line of Stable Relation is frequently funny, sometimes sad, and always relatable.
[Update: since this was originally posted, Anna has released two more horse books Relaxed and Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse and Barn Dance. ?)]
I don’t want to give too much info away, but do yourself a favor and read this book. You don’t have to be a total horse-obsessed person to enjoy the book, nor do you have to be heavy into dressage. If you’re a fan of honesty in storytelling and partial to animals and rural life, you’ll probably adore the book as much as I did.
And if you enjoy following blogs, Anna has one of the finest around. Take a peek at Relaxed and Forward, her horse/life blog. (All photos here courtesy of Anna Blake.)
Your Turn: What enjoyable book or books have you read lately? Have you read Stable Relation yet?
Thanks for reading (and commenting)!