In 2017, Karen Inkster completed a mission which saw her travel the length of the Outer Hebrides with her Standardbred Connie and collie Pip to raise more than £6,000 for Riding for the Disabled and Dogs Trust.
Karen, 45, went on to give talks about the trip and wrote a book about her adventure called The Deaf, The Daft and The Ditsy, donating proceeds from both to charities.
The gruelling 16-day journey saw the daring trio trek 270km from Vatersay near Barra to Stornoway, visiting 13 islands along the way.
Karen, who lives near Dunkeld, named the book The Deaf, The Daft and The Ditsy primarily due to Pip being hard of hearing and Connie being described as a bit “ditsy.”
The book has now won the International Equine Travel award from the Equus Film Festival 2020.
Exploring Equine Anatomy
Completely different from her other books and amalgamating her talent for anatomical drawing with her knowledge of anatomy, Gillian has created this mindful colouring book to sooth the mind, nourish the soul and feed the intellect. Containing 3 colour plates and 30 different black and white drawings based on a variety of breeds and movements, it is divided into 3 sections: Part 1: The SkeletonPart 2: Superficial MusclesPart 3: Deep Muscles With beautiful images to colour, inspirational quotes and the anatomical terminology of the muscles and skeleton preceding each section, it gives the perfect opportunity to learn as well as relax. Exploring Equine Anatomy, is designed for everyone who appreciates the beauty, nobility and intricacy of the horse.
Dave and Darcy go to the Show
Dave and Darcy dress up smart to go to the local village pony show. They face many challenges throughout the day including big jumps and tricky dressage routines! How will they do in the competitions? Will they win any rosettes?
One woman’s journey through love, loss and healing.
When her husband is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and she is plunged into widowhood at the tender age of 37, Kathryn White’s world is shattered. Life Matters is a searing account of the days that follow.
Throughout, her unwavering love of horses weaves a golden thread of faith, providing strength through the darkest of times and warmth in a time of overwhelming grief. A tribute to the power of love and a testament to the strength and fortitude of the human spirit.
This memoir of grief and loss is written from the heart and soul.
Michael Morpurgo's global bestselling children's book War Horse has been adapted into a picture book for the first time. Illustrated throughout, it brings the beloved children's classic to life for kids aged 5 and up. Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has adapted his much-loved novel, War Horse, for a picture book audience.
This powerful book for younger readers tells the enduring story of a friendship between a boy and his horse and is a gateway to help children understand the history and chaos of the First World War. As we move beyond centenary commemorations and continue to strive for peace across the world, War Horse remains an important book for generations to come. Review for the novel:War Horse is a story of universal suffering for a universal audience by a writer who 'has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers' - Guardian Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.
A prehistoric survival adventure about a boy and a horse who rescue one another, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Apache and Buffalo Soldier. "A boy without a clan was nothing. No one. A boy without a clan was easy prey".
Oak, son of the Deer clan chief, hopes that this summer he will finally be allowed to join the hunt and make his father proud of him. But this year is not like other years - the rains have failed, his father has fallen out with the Bear chief, and everyone is mistrustful of the new creatures that have been spotted near their encampment: horses. Then Oak becomes separated from his clan with only a young horse for company, and it seems that surely the worst has happened.
But perhaps not all animals are prey. Perhaps Horse can be clan too.
Author: Tanya Landman
Half Broke : A Memoir
At the start of this remarkable story of recovery, healing, and redemption, Ginger Gaffney answers a call to help retrain the troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, a facility run entirely by the prisoners. The horses are scavenging through the dumpsters, kicking and running down the residents when they bring the trash out after meals. One horse is severely injured.
The horses and residents arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many: the horses are defensive and terrified, while the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addictions, are emotionally and physically shattered. With deep insight into how animals and humans communicate through posture, body language, and honesty of spirit, Gaffney walks us through her struggle to train the untrainable. Gaffney peels away the layers of her own story-a solitary childhood, painful introversion, and a transformative connection with her first horse, a filly named Belle-and she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses.
As her year-long odyssey builds toward a dramatic conclusion, the group experiences triumphs and failures, brave recoveries and relapses, as well as betrayals and moving stories of trust and belonging. Resonant, smart, and beautifully written, Half Broke tears at the heart of what it takes to find wholeness after years of trauma and addiction and offers profound insight on how working with animals can satisfy our universal need for connection.
Relaxed & Forward : Relationship Advice From Your Horse
Do you still watch those old horse movies that you've seen a dozen times, just for the scenes of the horse galloping in slow motion? Do you hold your breath just a bit? Do you get something in your eye?
We've been besotted with horses since they had three toes. From the popular Relaxed and Forward blog comes training advice combining the everyday fundamentals of dressage with mutual listening skills. Blake writes with a profound respect for horses and an articulate voice for humans, blending equal parts inspiration and un-common sense. It's serious training communicated with humor and lightness, because horses like us when we laugh.
Most riders want to build a better relationship with their horse. These short essays are geared as much toward attitude as technique, and include topics ranging from reading calming signals from your horse to using breath as your best communication tool. Blake's writing uses clear descriptions, storytelling, and humor to inspire meaningful, positive communication. Less correction and more direction. Horses are honest; they answer us in kind. If we want a better response, a more fluid conversation and relationship with a horse, we have to be the ones to change first. The other word for that is leadership.
By Anna Blake, the author of Stable Relation, A Memoir of One Woman's Spirited Journey Home, by Way of the Barn.
Completely updated and revised, the third edition of this essential textbook describes the basic genetics of the horse including coat colour, parentage, medical and population genetics, cytogenetics, performance, breeding systems and genetic conservation, as well as the many recent advances in genomics.
New for the third edition:
More information on genomics and biology have been included.
There are two additional chapters on genetics with respect to infectious diseases and reproduction.
Expanded sections on quantitative genetics and genomic selection provide comprehensive coverage.
Many new figures further illustrate key points in the text.
Redesigned in colour throughout and keeping the popular features of previous editions
This authoritative text remains one of the key sources of information for basic genetic principles and their specific applications to the horse, and is essential for students of equine studies, animal breeding and veterinary science, as well as horse breeders and owners.
Authors: Ernest Bailey, Samantha A. Brooks.
Going Steady : More Relationship Advice from Your Horse
Going Steady takes up where Relaxed & Forward, Relationship Advice from Your Horse, left off. These bite-sized essays on affirmative horse training, rescue stories, and "gray mare" thoughts are geared toward encouraging creative, affirmative partnerships. Blake's writing uses clear descriptions, a joy of storytelling, and some sideways humor to inspire meaningful, positive communication. Sometimes irreverent but always honest and horse-centric:
What you have to offer is more than enough and your horse is just as magical as he ever was. Leadership is a humble service given with kindness. Security exists when both sides truly understand that for trust to exist, there is no place for intimidation. In riding, don't be fooled by smoke and lights. Anyone can spur a horse into speed and jerk them to a halt. If you want to know true connection, look for partnership between the movements. Because the art is always in the transition. Be the change you want to see in your horse. If he is hot, you cool your body movements. If he is reluctant to walk, you lighten and lift your body movements. Correct yourself. Let's redefine leadership as the one who breathes and smiles the most: Let an inhale relax your body, let an exhale leave soft shoulders and a soft belly. Let a smile give you a soft jaw. Be seriously patient and your horse will offer his heart. Be seriously grateful and it will change your heart. Most of all, be seriously lighthearted because horses like us that way. The arc of a horse's life (or our own) doesn't look like a golden rainbow. It looks more like the jagged readout of a heart monitor. There are ups and downs in each heartbeat. It's how you can tell we're alive.
Author: Anna Blake
Equine Training with Compassion and Respect
This book is for Horse lovers and riders who wish to learn and understand better how the horse's body works under a rider and how best to enhance and develop that body so we put the horse's welfare first at all times and never damage or break down our horse through the ridden work that we do. It explains in depth the posture that the horse should work in to carry a rider with ease and how we should all achieve that posture.
Mary explains well the pain and the discomfort that horses can suffer when being ridden with undetected problems and seeks to share much information to those who ride to be able to avoid these damaging scenarios.
Mary seeks to help those who read this book to understand how to be in Tune with their horse mentally, and physically and to hear and listen to what is being said by the horse.
Author: Mary L Frances
From East to West by Saddle is Best
What started as an idea on maps spread out along the length of her kitchen floor, turned into a challenging journey over mountains, through glens and around lochs. Against the backdrop of stunning Highland scenery, Claire Alldritt made her way from the east coast of Scotland, journeying with her two horses, working her way across to the west to dip her toes in the Atlantic Ocean.
Often using old drovers’ roads and avoiding as much tarmac as she could, this is a story of exploration, trust and resilience mixed with insightful glances into the history of the land passed through. Claire’s journey shows the value of friends old and new (whether with four legs or two) written with lively imagination and humour as they make their way along the trail.
Saddle up and take a ride across the Highlands with Claire, Swift and Yogi! Want to find out more? Claire recorded a podcast with BBC Radio Scotland and you can listen to Claire and her adventures by following this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtq1/episodes/downloads
Dave and Darcy go to the Beach
Dave and Darcy are off to the beach for their summer holidays and a week filled with fun. Follow them on their adventures as they make friends and memories by the sea – but watch out for that naughty seagull!
Riding the North York Moors
For a child, having their own pony is impossibly exciting. For a parent, however, it can be both a challenge and a huge responsibility. Even the smallest pony can quickly become unmanageable unless he is handled and cared for correctly.
This comprehensive and practical guide assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and aims to provide first-time owners with straightforward information and advice. The authors dispel the myth that dealing with equines is unnecessarily complicated and believe that the key to understanding and managing your pony is a combination of basic knowledge, common sense and confidence.
The book guides you through the pitfalls of buying or loaning a pony and finding a home which suits both the pony and your budget and lifestyle. In addition it offers sensible advice about handling, grooming, daily routine, feeding and watering, foot care and shoeing, the pony's health, common disorders, first aid, saddlery, rugs and other equipment, transport and travelling, and tuition.
The aim is to educate and inform in a fuss-free way, giving novice owners the confidence and know-how they need to keep their pony happy and healthy. Above all, the book aims to encourage every parent to get involved and have fun with their child and their pony.
Authors: Deborah Frowen, Madeleine Ridge, Jo Winfield.