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The Cowgirl and the Racehorse

The Cowgirl and the Racehorse

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  •    16.00 paperback
  •    8.99 eBook - Purchase eBook
  •    214 pages
  •    5 x 7
  •    Paperback, eBook
  • Paperback ISBN  978-1-59056-633-6
  • eBook ISBN  978-1-59056-634-3
  • Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
  • Publication Date: October 2020

An intimate examination of cowgirl narratives, horseback riding, and the characters and personalities of the animals who have accompanied the author from childhood to the present.

 The Cowgirl and the Racehorse offers a moving, intimate, and richly descriptive memoir of the relationship between a girl and her horses. Beginning with her account of a traumatic horse-riding accident, Wells reflects on the personalities and characters of the many horses—both real and fictional—who have accompanied her through often difficult life experiences, teaching her strength, resilience, discipline, care, and trust. 

The Cowgirl and the Racehorse is also a scholarly reflection on the many cowgirl narratives—films, music, and books—that have marked the author’s life passages and which offer complex and compelling images for girls as they grow: particularly in terms of their independence of spirit and the social and familial expectations with which they are burdened. Finally, The Cowgirl and the Racehorse is a detailed examination of the ethical and societal questions raised by the sometimes dangerous and cruel, and sometimes seductive and compelling, world of horseback riding.

The {bio}graphies series explores the relationships between human and nonhuman animals through scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences viewed through the lens of autobiography and memoir, to deepen and complicate our perspectives on the other beings with whom we share the planet.

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