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The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Horse Tales

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Throughout recorded history, the horse has played many roles in human life. He has been man's partner in war, his servant in work, his teammate in sports, his inspiration in art. So it is only natural that literature includes many masterpieces about horses and horsemanship.
The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told gathers together the best of the equestrian genre. It includes
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Published May 1st 2004 by Lyons Press (first published August 1st 2001)
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May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This should really be titled One of the Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told and Twenty-Nine Others of Varying Quality, though even that would be a lie because half of these are not stories and a quarter are more specifically not horse stories.

Don't get me wrong - I did enjoy reading an essay from the man who once directed the world renowned Spanish Riding School, but it was not a story. Though at least it had details about specific horses, unlike A Royal Rip-Off at Kingdom Hill and All Horse
Rena Sherwood
At my age, I should've expected that any book entitled The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told would be anything but. Why did I expect the content to equal the title?


Many of the selections are non-fiction pieces such as magazine articles and rambling essays. At least five of the selections detail dying horses. Two selections are about gamblers and not about horses at all. The editor states that the Damon Runyon selection caused him to laugh out loud often -- pretty disturbing admission since it's
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think this is the first book in a LONG time, that I have not finished. I love horses. I love horse stories almost as much. Short tales, essays, or novels; I thought I adored everything horse related. Turns out I was WRONG. I expected some sort of heart warming collection like a Chicken Soup For Horse Lovers when I picked this book up. Umm, no. It was a dry collection of various articles written about horses or some notable horse people. I was probably the most interested in Buck's story, as ...more
Jul 28, 2011 added it
Shelves: fiction, horses, 2011
Mix of fiction and non-fiction, all about horses. I suspect that this collection is targeted at teenage girls. I wallowed adolescently in it. I may need to go watch The Black Stallion movie now.
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
All the stories were interesting. Some more about people than horses. My favorite was the story by Colonel Podhajsky because he spoke more about the horses and their personalities. James Herriot wrote a moving story. Every writer featured in this book gave insights into this marvelous animal and how they get to be part of us or members of the family. The excellent story by Dr. Green speaks to this relationship.
The stories are varied, from the Olympic riders to the pleasure rider, from school
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has an interest in horses
A really good read for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. Allows the reader a whole array of emotions from the deepest saddest to the greatest joy.
Jo-jean Keller
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved these stories!
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you listen, when ponies talk, you will have earned having another - man's best friend.

In this anthology, of thirty tales, some stayed with me. I found the articles by Colonel Alois Podhajsky, William Nack, Paul Trachtman, Ben K. Green, Thomas McGuane, James Herriot, Gene Smith, Cooky McClung and Holly Menino, to be the one's where I regretted not knowing those horeses.

Damon Runyon, I had a problem with. I was never able to naildown the racetrack cadence when the characters were speaking. I
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I pick up a book I want to read stories or, if it's true events, narratives, NOT articles. And this book has several articles that made it feel more like reading a magazine. That aside, some were more what I consider narratives, and some of those were fantastic. Example; Tall- ho and Tribulation was one of my favorites, because while I haven't had the pleasure of experiencing fox hunting yet, it was otherwise very relatable. And I did love that it had truely unique material that I haven't ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
This book, I am saddened to say was wasted on me. I think perhaps someone who actually owns horses would be a better reviewer for this book. I can only review as someone who loves animals, loves horses and loves reading stories about them.Some of these stories were older then 50 years old ( which is not a negative of course)some were fiction and some were not.As an anthology, it seemed odd to me that the voices of the different writers seemed to be similar.Shall I be honest? I found the pace ...more
Belea Keeney
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This reminded very much of Bloodlines that Maggie Estep and Jason Starr edited about ten years ago, except, you know, older. Same concept: have writers from different horsey disciplines write, although these are largely non-fiction.

A lot of the well-known equine writers are represented here: Jane Smiley, William Nack, Dick Francis. But there are also folks like Tom McGuane and Cooky McClung who have interesting voices and stories to tell as well.

If you like horse-based stories, then you'll like
Stephanie Ricker
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horses
I read Classic Horse Stories, and now Im working on Greatest Horse Stories, both edited by Stephen Price. Im still trying to read all of my unread books on my shelves before the end of the year (though I begin to admit the unlikelihood of that actually happening, this late in the game), and these two somehow conjured themselves up. The Classic stories were much betterTeddy Roosevelt, Churchill, Tolstoygood stuff. I debate the adjective in Greatest stories. Theyre exceedingly mediocre thus far. ...more
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
1/3 great reading stories; 2/3s not so good.
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