HOOFPRINTS; HORSE POEMS
What Survives Is Also Beautiful
When you are thinking of ice melting,
Of seasons heating, of sands spreading,
When your heart despairs at beauty ending,
Hug your pony.
Out of rain forests drying and shrinking,
Over the lost lands rising and drowning,
Past ice reaching and ice withdrawing,
Came your pony.
Formed by changing that looked like ending,
He can't see what the future's bringing,
But around corners he's come galloping.
Hug your pony."
HOOFPRINTS, pg. 22
Sarah longs for a horse of her own. Her parents aren't sure she's ready for the responsibility, but Sarah gets a chance to prove herself by taking care of willful Barney while his owner is at college. Barney is a far cry from Sarah's romantic dreams, but soon she falls helplessly in love, setting herself up for heartbreak.
I wrote this book before I was twenty, straight out of a 15-year intensive study of horse books. It was on Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher list, and I've lately begun hearing from young women who grew up reading it. It's an honor--and a reminder of how time flies!
Many paperback copies available.