|Lee R. Atterbury|
Horses are wonderful creatures. Speed, power, and grace combined in an animal that bonds with you--to know them is to love them. They are intuitive and sensitive to our moods. I'm amazed that these big, strong beasts can be gentle and affectionate. So I felt compelled to write stories in which a horse was an important character. And I wanted to set the stories in a place I loved: the mountain wilderness of Wyoming. (I can close my eyes and picture my favorite spots and riding trails.) What really gave me a boost (in addition to my wife's encouragement) was the horse I chose to partner with the human character. The horse Buck is patterned after my special horse, Nick. As you can see from the photos Nick is a handsome fellow. Like Buck, Nick is intelligent and intuitive. Also like Buck, Nick is a talented athlete and trained as a reiner. Reining is hard to describe. Nick's trainer, Kim, uses the analogy of figure skating compulsory movements--done on horseback at speed. Anyhow, I'm going to stop here. I'm working on two more Jim Taylor and Buck novels and they won't get written by themselves.