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Dagny’s obsession with horses began when she was young and could bounce back from injury. In the beginning, she spent more time being catapulted through the air than actually sitting in the saddle. After a childhood tragedy, however, she is left hanging by a thread and eventually walks away from the magic of Equus. Years later, when adult life becomes as exciting as bone m Dagny’s obsession with horses began when she was young and could bounce back from injury. In the beginning, she spent more time being catapulted through the air than actually sitting in the saddle. After a childhood tragedy, however, she is left hanging by a thread and eventually walks away from the magic of Equus. Years later, when adult life becomes as exciting as bone marrow, Merlot gallops into her life. Yes, buying a devil of a horse is just a brilliant solution to midlife boredom. Shaking in her boots, Dagny soon realizes life is not pink. What follows is a winding and often hilarious tale of horses, ice storms, downed electric fences, a nasty hurricane, and one very crazy life. Spanning two countries and five states, the author takes the reader on a very personal, touching journey with profound life lessons. Lighthearted and funny, the book will appeal both to riders and non-riders and is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a smart, entertaining read.


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Dagny’s obsession with horses began when she was young and could bounce back from injury. In the beginning, she spent more time being catapulted through the air than actually sitting in the saddle. After a childhood tragedy, however, she is left hanging by a thread and eventually walks away from the magic of Equus. Years later, when adult life becomes as exciting as bone m Dagny’s obsession with horses began when she was young and could bounce back from injury. In the beginning, she spent more time being catapulted through the air than actually sitting in the saddle. After a childhood tragedy, however, she is left hanging by a thread and eventually walks away from the magic of Equus. Years later, when adult life becomes as exciting as bone marrow, Merlot gallops into her life. Yes, buying a devil of a horse is just a brilliant solution to midlife boredom. Shaking in her boots, Dagny soon realizes life is not pink. What follows is a winding and often hilarious tale of horses, ice storms, downed electric fences, a nasty hurricane, and one very crazy life. Spanning two countries and five states, the author takes the reader on a very personal, touching journey with profound life lessons. Lighthearted and funny, the book will appeal both to riders and non-riders and is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a smart, entertaining read.

30 review for Life Without Stirrups: A Witty Memoir About One Person's Gallop Through Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I won this on First Reads. I have received this. Having grown up in Montana, Idaho and Washington and being from great grandparents that were pioneers and farmers, I have been around horses a time or two. This is the reason I really wanted to read this, from the second I saw it. I appreciate that I had the chance. Dagny is a wonderful author! I will be on the lookout for more from this amazing writer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Great Read Enjoyed this book very much. Witty insights into owning a horse..buying the .right horse, seeking out knowledgeable horse professionals and knowing when to throw in the towel when it doesn't work out. Not every horse is suitable for a beginner. Finding the right one makes the difference between fun or fate. Great Read Enjoyed this book very much. Witty insights into owning a horse..buying the .right horse, seeking out knowledgeable horse professionals and knowing when to throw in the towel when it doesn't work out. Not every horse is suitable for a beginner. Finding the right one makes the difference between fun or fate.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Miller

    A warm and witty memoir of a woman who followed her lifelong passion for horses throughout her life. An entertaining read and a good look at a person who has taken on life with gusto and has rolled with its many punches.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    Fun book; loved it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Really entertaining read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to equestrians and non equestrians alike.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A nice memoir that is kept interesting by the author's sense of humor and an ever changing terrain of people, locales, and cultures. A nice memoir that is kept interesting by the author's sense of humor and an ever changing terrain of people, locales, and cultures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina McKnight

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    Beth Palmer

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    Sydney Springer

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    Suzanne Reed

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    Cj Tannehill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denyse Cox

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