By Vicki Hearne

A New York Times striking e-book of 1994!  hugely revered writer, thinker, and animal coach Vicki Hearne bargains a treasure trove of animal anecdotes, all written in her designated and poetic kind. via interesting tales approximately cats, horses, a decorative carp, a scorpion, and tortoises, Hearne specializes in how every one of those a number of creatures studies happiness in its personal specific means. She takes factor with Ludwig Wittgenstein on lions and language, discusses the naming of pets, and considers the method of mourning a enjoyed dog’s loss of life.

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The lead hound has all this presence. ” Blandford is a foxhound with the Santa Fe Hunt, which carries on an aristocratic tradition, but he keeps being not quite consonant with this tradition. He has, for one thing, an odd way of moving, more like the rawboned, loose-limbed critters of the yarns told in the American South than like the elegant hounds in English paintings, with their smoothly articulated appearance. He has an odd way of looking at you, too. ” When I met him, the riders, horses, and hounds were returning from a morning spent clattering across a rocky but inviting landscape just inland from the coast.

Back in California, there had been this kid named Rob Gage, and I would wonder about him, as I wondered about all the junior riders, whether he would turn out to be for real. When they’re young, it’s hard to tell just by watching them whether they’ve got the real stuff, because they can get by with being merely superbly athletic, and because they haven’t yet learned about morality. And suddenly it was 1985, and I was in New York, and the announcer was saying that the next horse on the course was Largo, ridden by Rob Gage.

In fact, it wasn’t there; as I later learned, the copy was already at the printer’s when Gage rode the Grand Prix course at Baltimore, the show in which he would either win or lose, not only the one class, but also the title and thus the chance to ride at the Garden. Gage was then thirty-three, still too young for one to be able to see in his face what one sees in the faces of the older horsemen of authentic hearts and minds. But here is something I learned about horses and horse shows at the Garden that I never noticed in the appropriately landscaped shows in southern California: A horse show is an uneasy place for anyone who is sensitive to the difference between real horsemanship and fake variations.

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