When a Horse Goes Home

February 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm 1 comment

ImageIt’s been four months since releasing my fifth children’s book, and first narrative non-fiction chapter book, Safe at Last. True Stories of Horse Rescues.  What a wild west ride it’s been–from super fun book launch at Barnes & Noble, where Mini Pearl, Colorado Horse Rescue’s Mini Ambassador, entered the store, much to the audience’s delight, to nice reviews and kid reader appeal, and not necessarily all horse nuts, either.  Mini Pearl, who appears throughout Safe at Last, sharing her pearls of horse wisdom, is very popular when she’s able to appear helping to promote the book.  Of course, this is her job: helping the community learn about her home at Colorado Horse Rescue and all the fine work they do there.

IMG_1107While working on the computer at Colorado Horse Rescue, I tried to think of another way I could volunteer  my skills to help them out.   Shawna English, Director of Development at CHR, who also has a childhood development background, helped me choose six of the most heart-warming rescue and adoption stories that would appeal to readers age seven on up. Roxanne Capaul, CHR Photographer, offered her existing and new photography to enhance the text into a visual treat, so young readers could experience the exciting and hopeful world of horse rescue.  Horse blog2

My editor at Filter Press, Doris Baker, helped shape the age-appropriate text for indie readers, with bold-faced words for the glossary in back and language that meets Common Core.  Carol Bryce, Director of CHR, along with several other staff members,  past volunteers, my super savvy critique group–Kim Tomsic, Sally Spear, Will Limon and Penny Berman, those involved in horse therapy and educators, read drafts and kindly offered their expertise.  Then Doris, Roxanne and I hunkered down to meet the release deadline and finished the last edit on the day it went to print.  Truly a collaborative labor of love and belief in this hybrid type of book about the amazing resilience, intelligence and hope that horses offer us.IMG_1108

I ran into a wonderful representative with those qualities, Mandy, along with her brand new adopter, Terri.  With CHR’s patient training and love, Mandy’s overcome her people fear and also gained 125 needed pounds.  Terri will adopt this beauty and move Mandy “…to a pen with a few geldings for her to flirt with, nap in the sun and go for walks with me.” Terri, who lost her last companion horse, wanted another companion horse and learned about Mandy at CHR’s Open House. (In June)  We at CHR are so happy when another horse goes home.







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  • 1. When a Horse Goes Home | Colorado Horse Rescue  |  February 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    […] donors and volunteers recently published a children’s book for CHR called Safe at Last. Check out her most recent blog here! Mini Pearl gives her full approval of the final version. The book is available for sale in our gift […]



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