An intensely moving memoir of a young man who left heartbreak in Maine to seek healing Out West in the company of horses.
Growing up in a small Maine town, Chris Lombard had never ridden a horsenever even touched one. But on one fateful night, as what he'd thought was a happy twenty-something life full of love and possibility fell suddenly apart, he met two horses and looked into their eyes. What he saw inspired him to leave everything he had, and everything he didn't have, behind, and go in search of what was missing.
With the little he needed packed in his ten-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix, and little more to go on than a belief that someone would give him a chance, Chris headed west to find work on a horse ranch. His journey took him first to the mountains of Colorado, then the Hollywood Hills of California, and finally, the wild borderlands of Southern Arizona. The settings changed but the same lessons came in quiet moments, movingly captured in these pages: watching horses, reaching out to them, swinging upon their backs. Chris learned new meanings for wordspresence, connection, softness, and balancethe elements of good horsemanship feeding a deep hunger he didn't know he had. But learning to ride a horse, learning to communicate with him, to teach him things, these required qualities Chris was only beginning to cultivate. Human nature plans; it pushes and it rushes. And it would take a terrible accident to awaken a whole new awareness for time and space, and Chris's place within it, beside a horse.
In the austere beauty of the Sonora Desert, Chris met a cowboy whose intense love for life on the back of a horse held a deep sadness at bay, but only for so long. Their brief time together, working land and livestock, would bring Chris to the realization that the richly fulfilling new life he'd found held all the answers he sought, but only if he could ultimately leave it behind.
Evocatively written, interweaving the author's growing understanding of horses and how we connect with them with his deeply personal experiences, Land of the Horses brings to life a young man's transformation alongside the horses, people, and dramatic landscapes of the American West. Healing heartbreak, falling and getting back on, searching for something truethis is a story that is in all of us. And it shows we are all capable of creating the life we truly want to live.
About the Author
Chris Lombard helps people and their horses connect with each other. There is challenge, joy, and much opportunity for growth when working with a horse, and Lombard’s focus is to help people get a feel for their own individual path in that journey.
Lombard and his horse Rocky have been featured at many expos, fairs, and horse shows. Lombard is also the author of The Horses In Our Stars: A Story of Life, Love, and the Journey Within, an account of how connecting with horses can help us to understand the love and fear in our lives, which has led him to present at schools, libraries, and motivational speaking events. His essays on nature and horsemanship have appeared in many magazines. Lombard currently lives in Maine and continues to be inspired by horses, what they show us, and the journey we take with them. You can learn more about him at www.ChrisLombard.com