Heart Horses

I was messing about on the Internet (like we’re all doing, all the time, it seems), and stumbled upon the Kindle pages for each of my books. This isn’t the sales page, but a page where readers’ public comments and highlights show up. It’s a collection of everyone’s favorite lines and scenes.

Most of the books had a few different passages highlight, but Turning For Home, my 2015 novel about retiring and retraining a beloved racehorse, had just one passage highlighted — over and over again. I was struck by how many people found that one sentence so relatable.

The most-highlighted passage in my novel Turning For Home

The most-highlighted passage in my novel Turning For Home

The phrase “heart horses” turns up a lot nowadays. These are the horses who grab hold of us even when we’re trying to make business decisions, or trying to move on with our lives. The heart horses are the ones we can never, ever forget — our connection was too deep. I’ve definitely had two horses who meant the world to me, out of the dozens whom I simply enjoyed, or rode, or made friends with.

Looks like a lot of you have had heart horses, too.

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