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In Service to the Horse: Chronicles of a…

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

by Susan Nusser

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A don't miss chronicle of the real life behind the "glamour" of the elite world at the top of the performance horse industry, in this case, that of Three-Day Eventing. Anyone who has done this kind of work will acknowledge the excellent research and the truth in the reporting. Anyone who wants to work in this world should read this first.

Nusser includes just enough of the history of the horse, and because of the way she interweaves factual information with personal stories and personalities, it is never dull or dry. I'd recommend this highly to anyone who is interested in horses. ( )
  KAzevedo | Feb 9, 2011 |
This is an excellent behind the scenes look at the grueling but rewarding lives of those who spend their days in service to the horse: the grooms. ( )
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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 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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Furnishes an insider's glimpse of the close relationship that exists between horses and the grooms that care for them, following a year in the lives of three grooms.

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