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Riding Barranca: Finding Freedom and Forgiveness on the Midlife Trail

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In this remarkable one-year journal, skilled horsewoman and adventurer Laura Chester brings us into her world, where we deeply connect with the earth and its seasons, with beauty and sometimes danger. While riding in places as far-reaching as Mexico, Australia, and India, Chester is always grateful to come home to the comforts of her familiar horse. As they cover the borde ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Trafalgar Square Books
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Clare O'Beara
Partly autobiography, partly travel writing, this is a horsewoman's tale. Laura Chester had a fraught relationship with her mother and riding was a way to escape from tension and just be herself. Barranca her favourite horse is a Missouri Fox-trotter with a four-footed walking gait and he covers ground in Arizona with her effortlessly. The drawback of her local trail ride however is the possibility of meeting armed smugglers, drug stashes and desperate immigrants. Another concern of Laura's is m ...more
Carol
May 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
When I first heard about Riding Barranca, a book blending a woman's personal journeys with her time on the trails, I immediately thought of Cheryl Strayed's excellent "Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail". But this one would be on horseback, it should be perfect for me!

But Riding Barranca did not live up to my hopes. It read like a series of journal entries of specific day rides during one year, telling which horse she rode and where she went, without a lot of connection from one ri
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A pleasant little read, especially for horse lovers. Laura is insightful both in the ways of the animals and the humans.
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Laura Chester has published many volumes of poetry, prose and non-fiction. Most recently, "Holy Personal: Looking for Small Private Places of Worship," was made available from Indiana University Press, and a selection of prose-poems, "Sparks," was published by The Figures. Both books include extensive photographs by Donna DeMari. Station Hill Press released an updated version of "Lupus Novice," an ...more

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