From the Publisher
Horse of a Lifetime examines the unique bond between people and horses, chronicling sixty special relationships between Canadian horsemen and women and their most significant and beloved equine friends. Dr. Helen Douglas, an Ottawa Valley equine veterinarian and lifelong horsewoman, travelled from coast to coast across Canada to interview horse people about their connection to their favourite horse. Compelled to share with others the remarkable stories of these Canadians and their “horse of a lifetime,” Dr. Douglas describes each person’s passion and appreciation for that one special animal they have loved more than all others. Through these touching narratives and beautiful colour photographs, a picture develops of what horses contribute to people’s lives. From backyard pets to high-performance athletes, from every province and discipline, these wonderful animals have offered the gifts of their trust and partnership. Each unique story reveals the depth, variety and rich history of contemporary horsemanship and horse sport in Canada. This is a book for horse lovers as well as for those who are unfamiliar with the equine world. It is, at heart, a friendly and fascinating collection of memorable relationships that will make you smile, laugh and cry. May you read about these magnificent creatures with joy and recognition, remembering your own horse of a lifetime, or read with a fresh sense of discovery as you learn about humanity’s magical partnership with the horse. These sixty horses represent the many thousands of others who have done more for people than can be truly measured.
About the Author
Dr. Helen Douglas was born in Nova Scotia, but has lived most of
her life in her beloved Ottawa Valley.
Helen's veterinary career has taken her from humble log barns in
Lanark to Olympic show barns in Toronto and the Fraser Valley in
British Columbia. It has encompassed a very wide and fulfilling
range of animals and experiences, from treating injured deer and
vaccinating feral cats in bags to breeding imported show dogs from
England and Warmblood horses from Europe. William's Gift, Helen's
first book, chronicles her career through stories about the people,
animals and experiences she has encountered throughout thirty years
as a mixed practitioner all over Canada. She is the first Canadian
woman veterinarian to have published her memoirs. She began riding
in 1965 and plans to continue well past her fiftieth anniversary of
first getting on a horse. Thus began a love affair that would last
a lifetime and take her on horseback all over Canada, the United
States, Ireland, South America, and beyond. Horse of a Lifetime is
a direct result of her passion for the animal that is never far
from her heart.
Recently, Helen's avid interest in other cultures and travel led
her to Lesotho, South Africa, where in affiliation with the
humanitarian group Help Lesotho, she volunteered in an orphanage
for three months in 2008. Following two additional visits she now
sits on the board of directors of Help Lesotho and has begun a
series of educational lectures with the goal of raising public
awareness for the group and the country.
Helen has travelled and practised extensively, including in England
and the Bahamas, but has returned to the Ottawa Valley with the
full conviction that there is nothing you might want out of life
that you can't get in Lanark County. Reading, riding, swimming and
gardening are squeezed into her busy life as a country vet when at
home in Carleton Place.
Published: October 19, 2011
Publisher: General Store Publishing House
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1926962397
ISBN - 13: 9781926962399