On Sunday November 22nd By The Love Of Horses welcomed Sarah Maslin Nir, author of "Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal."
While Sarah’s story is on the surface one of her journey to learn to ride and to understand horses and the equestrian world, while on the surface it is about her being horse crazy, it is also a story of a deeply personal journey as she explored her longings and the distance between herself and her father.
Sarah’s father was an eminent child psychiatrist, but he was also a holocaust survivor. His memoir The Lost Childhood described his hiding from the Nazis from age 9 until he was 15 years old.
Horse Crazy is thus an exploration of how horses can play a role in a journey of healing and discovery, how horses can help one find one’s place in the world.
If you missed the show you can listen to the podcast of our conversation with Sarah as she shares her story (see below).
As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca
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