I’ve always loved horses, and when this idea popped up in a conversation with fellow author Jeanette Ingold, I knew I had to pursue it. The relationships between people and animals is one of my favorite topics, and over thousands of years people have related to horses in so many different ways, as partners in war, celebration, transportation, and just plan companionship. And so often, people have decorated their horses in creative and/or useful ways to carry out their jobs and to show them off.
I think of this book as a sort of summary of some of the relationships I found especially interesting and beautiful, giving readers ideas for topics they might want to pursue in more detail. Or, they can just enjoy learning about the variety of our interactions with these beautiful and useful animals.