Horses Never Lie about Love by Jana Harris
The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her

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The heartwarming true story of a woman and the horse who changed her life.

Jana Harris had always dreamed of having a horse farm, and she knew the horse on whom she could build her dreams the moment she saw her on a ranch in the Eastern Mountains of Washington State, where a herd had been corralled to be sold: a beautiful, deep dark red-colored mare standing about sixteen hands, with a white star on her pretty head. Something about the way this mare guarded her handsome foal spoke to Harris. The mare was named True Colors.

When True Colors was delivered to Harris’s ranch three months later, however, she was unrecognizable: head-shy from the infected sores on her face, and lungs damaged by pneumonia, she sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener on clothes to a gate in a fence. This injured, traumatized horse existed between two worlds—wild and domesticated—and belonged to neither.

Remarkably, the other horses fell in love with her on sight. And true to her name, True Colors would never pretend to be something she was not; with her wise, intuitive nature, she would end up changing the lives of everyone she encountered. This is the story of True Colors and how, with her quiet wisdom, she became the heart of the range and farm. There is a famous horseman’s saying: A horse never lies about its pain. But maybe we should also consider: A horse never lies about love.
 

About Jana Harris

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A teacher of creative writing at the University of Washington, JANA HARRIS is also the editor and founder of Switched-on Gutenberg (www.switched-ongutenberg.org), one of the first electronic poetry journals of the English-speaking world, and she worked for six years as director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Recently she has been writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming, St. Catherine’s College, and Washington State University. A teacher of creative writing at the University of Washington, JANA HARRIS is also the editor and founder of Switched-on Gutenberg (www.switched-ongutenberg.org), one of the first electronic poetry journals of the English-speaking world, and she worked for six years as director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Recently she has been writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming, St. Catherine’s College, and Washington State University.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Free Press. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The center of the narrative is her relationship with True Colors, the then-8-year-old blood bay mare Harris and her husband acquired in 1986 as the first step toward fulfilling the author’s childhood dream of breeding horses.

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“Readers who know and love horses surely will be drawn in and mesmerized by True Colors and her herd, as will most anyone fond of, experienced with, or simply interested in animals.

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Horses are galloping onto the scene.The newest offering in the we-love-our-horses trend is Horses Never Lie About Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her.Despite the trite and beyond insipid title, the book is a keeper - even if you've never really thou...

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