In Service to the Horse Chronicles of a Labor of Love

By: Nusser, Susan

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As new book in ecru paper covered boards with tan paper covered back strip with sharp tips and spine ends. No names, tears, soil, marks or defects whatsoever. Not remaindered or ex-lib. 273 pg text is flawless, crisp and unmarked, appears unread. Unclipped dj in brand new mylar shows negligible wear from storage on rear panel, otherwise mint, displays beautifully. More than suitable for gift giving or the collector's shelf. A groom to a horse is "what the combined services of physical therapist, manager, counselor, assistant, and chaperon would be to an NBA star," says Nusser, formerly a groom, who follows three grooms in the rarefied, high-stakes world of horse breeding and competition. Kenneth Burns has for years been handling Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy, one of the highest paid stud stallions at the exclusive Lane's End farm in Kentucky. Nusser explores the realities of the profession, at times in too much detail: e.g., A.P. Indy's fee is $300,000, and he is "booked to almost a hundred mares for a breeding season that starts in February and ends in July." In 1996, one study valued the horse industry at $25.3 billion, close to the film industry. Grooms, however, don't often make much money and work six- or even seven-day weeks. While Kenneth Burns views his work as a job, Samantha Burton, the center of the book and groom for an Olympic gold medalist in a competition called Three-Day Eventing, understands the gestalt of horses: "Sam is no more able to articulate why she loves her horses than most people are able to articulate why they love their children." Brooke Lowe is a groom who burns out, realizing that she'd rather teach and ride. Nusser interweaves the history of horse domestication, speculating on the myth of centaurs and the horse's prey-driven sensitivities. For those in the horse world, this book will add to the lore and knowledge; for the general reader, however, the book only briefly raises disturbing questions about privilege and the human-horse relationship without answering them.

Title: In Service to the Horse Chronicles of a Labor of Love

Author Name: Nusser, Susan


Edition: First Edition

Publisher: NY, Little Brown & Co: 2004

ISBN Number: 0316806315

ISBN Number 13: 9780316806312

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller Id: 44000

Keywords: Horse Grooms, Show Grooms, Track Hands, Event Horses, Horse Show Moms, Eventing,