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Spirit Horses

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,175 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn't know how--or why--the horse appeared, but the horse's distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched ove ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Oceanview Publishing
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May 28, 2012 Ellen rated it it was ok
I wish this book had been as well written as the marketing blurb! I kept reading it just because the author's descriptions of the Wyoming country and the horses were so loving, it was obvious this book meant a great deal to the author. The writing, however, was very clunky and juvenile. It was also obvious that the author did not do much research into native spiritual traditions because, contrary to the promise of the blurb, these took a backseat to the standard-issue good guy/bad guy story. The ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing
A horse trainer, gifted with the ability to truly connect with animals, takes in a wild mustang, saving it from the slaughterhouse. After a terrible tragedy befalls him, bringing him to his knees and almost crushing him, he discovers a reason to live in a school report left by his young son.

Shane Carson, once a man with everything, now a mere skeleton of himself since his family was taken from him, embarks on a quest to fulfill his son's wish to see the mustang reunited with her herd, the Spirit
Sharon Michael
Aug 04, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it liked it
Got this one free and truly was not expecting a lot. The introduction did not encourage me to believe the author would not make substantial errors around the horses, the region or the Native American culture.

I was pleasantly surprised and I suspect the author may be a horseman himself. The natural horsemanship training methods were developed in depth and they were accurate (been there, done that myself). While there were some a bit 'off' here and there about the region and the Shoshone character
Nov 18, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it
I do love a good horsey book, I've got to say

I enjoyed Shane's character and really connected with him, but did feel that some of the other characters were a little under developed so struggled to get along with them. I loved that there was lots of "horsey" bits in the book and didn't drop that to the kerb once the storyline got going.

My only main criticism would be that the ending seemed to be very abrupt and rushed, the story developed at a nice pace and flowed along nicely to just end in a f
Jan 22, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
While searching for a book that was not on my ‘read and review’ list requested by authors, I came across Spirit Horses, and the title alone captured my attention. The description stated it was about the Shoshone culture on a reservation in Wyoming and it included wild mustangs. I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. The novel is absolutely captivating on every page.

The writing is outstanding, describing the beautiful scenes in Wyoming and the intense characters throughout the book. The ma
Mar 23, 2012 Bluejay44 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved this right from the first page. Shane really cares for the horses he works with and does not rush to get results. After losing his family in a tragic accident, he does lose himself for a while but then recovers to take up the promise he had made to his son. The task is not as simple or as clear cut as he expects. Human nature, greed and cruelty all get in the way. But wonderful characters also play their part in the action, equine and canine as well as human.

This book is a definite keeper
Mary E
Apr 03, 2012 Mary E rated it it was amazing
I loved this book right from page one. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story that were not expected and some that were.

The characters were engaging right from the start and I felt I knew them. The book had a romantic involvement that didn't become light porn in the description. I like this authors style and will look for further work of his.

I could imagine the landscape he described because he shaped my imagination but didn't insult it with a description that went on for pages. This
May 30, 2015 Natalie rated it it was ok
Spirit Horses. It was the Horses that made me choose this free Kindle book over the hundreds of others sitting on my Kindle. And for the first 45% or so, I thought I'd made a great decision. Sure, there were a few "that's pretty lame" moments and "who the heck talks like that" spots (for example, one too many "Hey, mister" greetings), but for the most part it was smooth sailing.

And then it just fell apart.
Or maybe it had been this way the whole time, but I was extra bored the night I started i
Jul 05, 2012 Bria rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is a tear jerker, so mascara, beware. The story is fairly well written. The e-book version I read was annoying at times. The paragraphs sometimes weren't indented, the type set would go whonky sometimes too and often places where there should have been some decent white space to indicate a change in time and place there was nothing... not even an indented paragraph to indicate the shift before you jumped into another setting entirely. This was rather distracting from a decent story line, so ...more
Karen Fowler
Mar 12, 2013 Karen Fowler rated it really liked it
What was Great: The plot, characters, emotions, scenery and plight of the horses.

What I had a problem with: the chunks of "story teller" passages.

I understand the need to condense larger amounts of information for the sake of book length, but I didn't care for the longer voice-over type of narratives toward the beginning of the novel. I felt like a really good editor would have pruned and condensed these areas for better readability. Had it not been for the things that were great about this nov
Feb 04, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok
Could not understand the author's decision to name a beautiful gray mustang Sloppy. Seriously? I don't care if it was his kid who named the horse that was just wrong on the writer's part. He could have been more creative with that. I'd hoped for more from the book but was disappointed. When my mind starts wandering over the pages, I know I've lost interest. Repetitive. The ending was a tad redeeming, but not much. I will say I didn't have much to pick at through the horse parts. Evans seems to k ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Katherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-ebooks
This story had a lot of heart. Author Alan S. Evans shows his knowledge and expertise about horses, his reverence for them, and for the "cowboy" way of life. However, the actual writing itself didn't flow very smoothly, and there were quite a few scenes or passages that didn't serve a purpose other than being fillers. That said, despite the mediocre writing, Evans does a good job portraying the Shoshone's way of life, their myth of spirit horses, as well as a man's quest to honor his promise to ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Lyndsey rated it it was ok
Very low two.... This felt like a very long, poorly written summary of a book I'd like to read. The plot had so much potential and the author's knowledge of the subject matter was obvious. However, the execution was painful. The adverb choice and use was enough to drive an English teacher up the wall. Another reviewer described the writing style as juvenile; I agree with that and find it much kinder than I would have chosen. Another example of a great book in need of a powerful editor or perhaps ...more
V. Shipp
Dec 28, 2015 V. Shipp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spiritual Lore of Horses , and Shoshone Indians, Fictionalized.

A very well written tale about wild mustangs and the historical lineage of this group of wild horses. This book is a modern day, fictionalized story about the Shoshone Indians in Wyoming and their spiritual connection to this particular herd if wild mustangs. Tied into this special herd of horses is also a connected tale of one man, Shane who, after suffering a devastating personal loss, sets out to fulfill a promise made. Along the
Mike Tranel
Mar 19, 2015 Mike Tranel rated it it was amazing
In the beautiful, open country of Wyoming, a herd of horses runs the area. As a tribe of Shoshone Indians looks over their safety, they believe the horses carry their ancestor’s spirits into the next life. But when a greedy townsman gets involved and finds oil on the reservation, the task of trying to slaughter the horses begins for many of the young boys in town. As a stranger Shane Carson comes to town, he is looking to keep a promise and release a horse to its tribe, but won’t do so till he i ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Meupatdoes rated it did not like it
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Feb 24, 2013 Adri rated it liked it
I have given three stars because the story line is good, the characters well drawn. It becomes a little sugary at times, but it does not detract too much. The descriptions of the countryside are vivid, as are those of the mustangs and the Shoshone. I would recommend this book to those readers who love horses and a story that does not demand too much imagination - a nice weekend read.

In my opinion the book would have benefitted from some solid editing. All in all a good read.
Michael Nuckols
Mar 20, 2014 Michael Nuckols rated it liked it
"Spirit Horses" started well. I was entirely hooked by the intimacy and honesty in the first three chapters -- a man in Tennessee training a mysterious and special horse.

Without giving away spoilers, the novel moves to the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Here, the story quickly falls into cliche. In fact, a note at the end of the book admits that the author made up some of the Native American customs and legends the book is predicated upon. As a result, the Shoshone are depicted stereotypicall
Mar 23, 2015 Natalie rated it it was ok
I am so disappointed!! The description looked incredible, but the actual writing is so so..... elementary. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 only because it had horses in it, and I love horses ;D. I got 30% through it (very quickly) before I had to say I've had enough. I desperately wish the writing was able to do the story justice, but alas.....
Jan 15, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Shane Carson lives on a farm in Tennessee with his wife and two kids. He is a horseman who is nationally known for his natural gift to train horses. A horse comes into thier lives that will reveal its self to be Spirit horse by it markings. Spirit horses are rare and should be on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming were they are watched over by the tribe for centuries. A heartbreaking tragedy happens and Shane finds himself trying to deal and one day decides to keep a promise. He finds himself i ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Kat rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Sadly the story kept me some what interested - mostly because I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen - and I was right. This book had zero originality and was overly stereotyped. It was like a bad bad western and romance novel combined, uggg 99 cents wasted!!
Jan 20, 2013 Sara rated it did not like it
Got this book for free. I thought the writing style was quite juvenile. This left me very disappointed. There was absolutely no depth to this story whatsoever. The only redeeming quality was that it was about horses.
Lea Jessop
Mar 01, 2013 Lea Jessop rated it did not like it
sappy made for TV movie plot. The white man comes to save the poor indians - and falls in love.
Nov 19, 2015 Marcie rated it really liked it
Shane is a man who "starts" horses, as opposed to "breaking" them. He has learned to recognize and tap into their needs. Someone gives him a wild mustang that she bought hoping that Shane could settle it. The horse becomes well loved by Shane's children and his son Jacob makes him promise to one day return this horse to his wild herd in Wyoming. It happens that this herd is protected by the Shoshone Indians and they live is safety on the reservation, until trouble begins. Then it becomes a fight ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spirit Horses

This book,which I read o my new Kindle Fire was so captivating! Although the author considers this Fiction I could
really feel the"Spirit" of :what this story was intended to say.
It touched my heart and believe it could have actually happened in history. I would love to see. these wild Mustangs.
They remind me of the Wild Mustangs I've seen in Joseph, Oregon.
This book was recommended to me by. my Sister, and I recommend it to all. who would like a story from the heart.
Jan 22, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
Shelves: horse-books
Shane Carson, a highly regarded horse trainer with a gentle touch is offered an unwanted mustang mare. He takes it home to his ranch in Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two children. A brand on the mustang is unknown to Shane so his wife does some research and finds out where the horse is from. The horse, it turns out is from a herd of wild mustangs on the Shoshone Indian reservation in Wyoming. Shane trains the mare for his two young children to ride. Tragedy strikes the family and S ...more
Marie Kimmel
May 29, 2015 Marie Kimmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story

I recommend this book for anyone who loves Indian culture, and their respect and love of horses. The story of the preservation of wild mustang horses was very innovative in so many ways. Also the romance of the main characters was believable ,not like some books I've read that are trashy and lack the love portrayed so well in this book.
I hope the author Alan Evans writes more books in the future. His book was truly enjoyable to read .

Jul 17, 2013 Krazykiwi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: formerly horse mad teenagers
A western horse romance that doesn't quite go where you'd think. And written by a guy no less. Storywise, I'd be surprised if the author isn't a big fan of the movie Thunderheart or the events behind it. Writingwise, it starts out a bit shaky (the rather unnecessary prologue is possibly the worst bit of the whole book), but it improves rapidly.

The riding stuff is certainly handled better than most of this kind of book manage, and while it's hard to say from an outsider perspective, the cultural
Nov 15, 2015 Gmc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful wild horse arrives at the Tennessee farm of Shane and his family. research show she is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming.
A traffic accident kills Shane's whole family, a year later he find an essay his son wrote about the horse and his desire to see the horse freed where she was born so beings a journey of discovery and healing.
Jun 24, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Horse trainer returns a stolen mustang to the Indian reservation from where it was stolen after his family dies in a tragic car accident. The task helps him to find purpose in his life as he tries to heal.

Good description of the Shoshone tribal beliefs & history.

Plot was very predictable, but written well-enough to keep me interested until the twist at the end.
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