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Horse people : scenes from the riding life
Korda, Michael
Adult Nonfiction SF301 .K67 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Korda (Country Matters; Charmed Lives) recounts in his trademark affable style a growing involvement over decades with horses and the people who ride them. Beginning with his youth, and following with his reconnection to the horse world when he takes his son to lessons, Korda relates how horses changed his life: he met his current wife, Margaret, at New York City's Claremont Riding Academy, and eventually they purchased a home in Dutchess County with grounds to accommodate a growing number of horses. In one hilarious episode, Korda, the editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, visits an author in Middleburg, Va., and finds himself, unprepared, on a foxhunting horse jumping over walls and into backyards. He begins to analyze the symbolism of horses ("the horse stood... for social superiority, mobility, and not getting your feet wet and muddy like ordinary folk"), but this meditation is an exception, as Korda favors the anecdote and the caricature. There are rather too many "movers and shakers" for this book to live up to the diversity implied by its title, and while he briefly raises moral questions (about foxhunting, for example), he largely ignores the sociopolitical and emotional aspects of the horse-human relationship. He takes his reader on the occasional jaunt through less tony neighborhoods (with a veterinarian in Rhinebeck, N.Y.; to a rodeo in Archer City, Tex., with Larry McMurtry; and to a correctional facility's horse farm), but he tends to focus on places like Southlands, a privately owned facility in Dutchess County. While the book is more a series of vignettes than a full narrative, Korda's humor will be a delight to anyone who loves the world of riding. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In books past, Korda, Simon & Schuster's editor in chief, has ranged from getting and keeping Power! to the Charmed Lives of his fabled family. Here, he explores something especially near and dear to his heart: the riding life and the people who love it. Korda details his rediscovery of riding when he decided that his young son needed lessons (he himself had ridden as a child in England), then paints incisive portraits of a host of fascinating "horse people," from an instructor who insists on proper riding attire to the woman author who invites him to ride with her hunt. We also learn how he romanced his second wife through riding. The world Korda depicts is rarefied indeed, and though to his credit he doesn't share the snootier attitudes of some of its inhabitants, he knows it well enough to make it engrossing. What's missing here is the rapturous joy of riding through a field, wind in your hair and a huge, gorgeous animal rolling along beneath you-an experience anyone can have, even in dirty jeans. For public libraries that serve horse people.-Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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