|Used with permission of Culhane &Romano|
If you are a member of the USIHC, you have already read some of the wonderful adventures of Alys Culhane and her Icelandic horses and chuckled at the wonderful cartoons and illustrations by Christina Romano. Together Alys and Christina have published "Raudi's Story: An Alaskan-Born Icelandic Mare's First Five Years of Life."
I just finished reading my copy. Told from Raudi's point of view, it is a charming, humorous, sometimes dramatic and heart rending story of how a novice horse owner gets her first Icelandics. Raudi and Alys grow together--it is a
wonderful partnership. And Christina's illustrations are bright and charming.
Here are some representative samples. Alys discusses with her husband Ben as to whether or not they should purchase another Icelandic horse as a companion for
"Am I hearing you right? You want us to buy a second horse?" he asked.
"Virginia put it in her contract that Raudi should have a companion."
"We have a chicken. The two can keep each other company."
"Raudi hates chickens."
"A chicken will grow on her."
And this section deals with a typical feeding of young Icelandics:
"We young ones also worked at making Alys's time with us more interesting. For example, one day Siggi began pawing at the half-filled manure sled. Elsa then cantered over, reached down, and flipped it with her teeth. I sauntered over to the overturned sled and placed both front feet on it. Alys, pretending to be irate, shooed us away with her rake. Seconds later, Siggi grabbed the rope and pulled the sled. Elsa, who was not to be outdone, nipped him on the butt. Siggi dropped the rope. I picked up the sled and ran across the pasture with it banging behind me. Alys, laughing, disappeared into the hanger and returned with several more flakes of hay."
This is a wonderful book for both adults and teens, owners of Icelandics and people thinking of purchasing an Icelandic, individuals who have never owned a horse and people who have been riding all their lives.
This on-line book is available via Smashwords and Amazon. It is only $4.99 plus tax--no shipping since it is an e-book. If you order via Smashwords, you can send out copies as gifts. If you don't have a Kindle, you can still download a copy to read on your PC. I am making my list and checking it twice to see who is nice and deserves a copy for Christmas.