In Service to the Horse: Chronicles of a Labor of Love

In Service to the Horse Chronicles of a Labor of Love Behind each winning horse is a groom the person responsible for every nuance of his care his health and his spirit In Service to the Horse explores a year in the life of three grooms all working w

  • Title: In Service to the Horse: Chronicles of a Labor of Love
  • Author: Susan Nusser
  • ISBN: 9780316806312
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Behind each winning horse is a groom, the person responsible for every nuance of his care, his health, and his spirit In Service to the Horse explores a year in the life of three grooms, all working with champion thoroughbreds The profession is largely dominated by young women, who work for no glory but their love of horses Nusser tells the story of a stud groom in theBehind each winning horse is a groom, the person responsible for every nuance of his care, his health, and his spirit In Service to the Horse explores a year in the life of three grooms, all working with champion thoroughbreds The profession is largely dominated by young women, who work for no glory but their love of horses Nusser tells the story of a stud groom in the most storied stable of Kentucky racehorses, home to the most high strung and dangerous stallions in the world a show jumping groom struggling to square her desire to compete with the exacting demands of the rider she works for finally, at the book s heart, Samantha Burton, a groom at the stables of an Olympic gold medalist in the controversial and rarefied sport of Three Day Eventing In gripping detail, Nusser a former groom herself tells the stories of these horses, their owners and riders, and the multibillion dollar industry of equestrian sport Through the major competitions that define their year, Nusser interweaves stable lore, horse mythology, animal behavior, and meditations on the precise nature of the intense bond between humans and horses.

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    1. In Service to the Horse by Susan Nusser is a great book about show jumping and other high-class horse competitions through the perspective of the grooms that dedicate their whole lives to these horses. It starts a little slow and takes a while to get into, but once you do, it is so engaging that you feel like you are actually there in the story as one of the grooms. Not only does it tell a good story and give lots of good information but it also teaches many themes such as not giving up on your [...]

    2. This book started slow for me, but after a bit I was swept up into the worlds it portrays. There is some sadness, as the author discusses some scandals in the horse business. Having worked as a thoroughbred groom and on a breeding farm, I think the author's portrayal of the relationship between horse and grooms is very true to life. There is a definite attachment there, and the more you, as a groom, can "read' a horse and make him or her happy and confident, the better the horse will behave and [...]

    3. Nusser's _In Service to the Horse_ is the one book that convinced me I would be just as happy working as a groom to horses as I would be riding them. The way she explores these grooms' bonds to their horses, delves into what the lifestyle consists of, covers both the grueling and the most loving parts of the job - it's enough to make anyone want to try one of the most taxing positions in the world.

    4. A great book that gives the perspective of top competition horses through the eyes of the grooms who care for them. The book brought back memories of long days spent in breeding barns, hunter/jumper, and dressage barns making everything just so, for the comfort of the horse, not the praise from the owners. It also brought up some of the ugly things that can happen in the higher echelons of horse sports and the very reason I now keep a few horses at home in my own care without the drama.

    5. were you a horse girl? read this and cry repeatedly even as you know animals shouldn't be personified to the degree the author is doing and also competitive riding can be hella fucked up. were you not a horse girl? there is nothing in this book for you, sorry.

    6. A great read for any horse lover. The determination and loyalty these grooms must have is amazing. I love my horse, but I don't know if I could be as dedicated as these people are.

    7. This book took me forever to read because it's kind of slow. However, I liked reading from the grooms POV and appreciate all their hard work for the O'Connors and their horses.

    8. Ever wonder what goes on in the stables behind the scenes in the world of high-end horse competitions? Nusser chronicles the daily life and work of those unsung heroes of the horse set, the grooms.

    9. I really loved reading this book about being a groom to show and race horses. This is a niche world that I enjoyed reading about.

    10. I read this book the week after I got it for Christmas, finished it in about four days. It was wonderful, and the author went to Emerson College!

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