“When I was a young horse, I thought if I wasn’t always good, I could at least be useful. Then I broke my leg.”
When Snoopy was three years old, he won the 2007 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association Trail Futurity. His trainer and his owner had his career mapped out—he would be campaigned around the circuit and qualify to be invited to the AQHA World Show.
Then in 2008, Snoopy broke his left hind sesamoid, a small bone in the leg. This injury can mean anything from surgery to euthanasia. Surgery didn’t guarantee he could be ridden again, much less shown.
In the tradition of Black Beauty, this is Snoopy’s own story, told from his special point of view. He tells of his youth, his training, his injury, and his long fight to return to the show arena, to prove he’s the same horse he always was, only different
Targeted Age Group:
8 to 108
I am normally a mystery and humor author, so writing what is essentially my horse’s memoir was a complete departure for me. One of the main hurdles was that, as easy as the story was to write, I was unsure of what the overriding theme of the story was. What did he learn? How did he evolve? Thank God, I have a wonderful (freelance) editor who helped me find the bones.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Get a good editor. Also, don’t be afraid to write outside of your genre. Tell any story that appeals to you. Create your own worlds.
Gayle Carline is an author of mysteries and humor. Her popular Peri Minneopa Mystery Series features a 50-year old former housecleaner, now a private investigator. Gayle’s latest book, From the Horse’s Mouth, is a departure from her normal genre, but not from her upbeat style of telling stories that are upbeat and uplifting.
I had been blogging about my horse’s life, from breeding my mare to delivering him, to his days as a show horse and beyond. The blogging became important when I was trying to rehabilitate him after he broke his leg. When I went to write about this experience in a book, I quickly realized that this was my horse’s story to tell, not mine. So I wrote the story in his voice. The book ended up as a fictionalized version of an actual event – unless you believe that horses really talk. Then it’s all completely true.