Horses Never Lie About Love – review

| 26 March 2012 1:08 pm
Horses Never Lie About Love, by Jana Harris

Horses Never Lie About Love, by Jana Harris

If ever there was a lead mare in a herd, Jana Harris’s thoroughbred mare True Colors was it.

In Horses Never Lie About Love, Harris details her relationship with this mare, who was to form the backbone of her new sport horse breeding stud.

This is a story which appears not to be focused so much on equestrian readers, but more toward those who are animal lovers and interested in horse behaviour and herd dynamics. It tells of the journey of Harris and her husband take into farm ownership in Washington state, from buying mares to breeding foals and owning their own stallion.

As such the author does not give as much equestrian background as might be expect in a true equine memoir, but for the non-horseman, or animal lover, it will be an interesting read.

There are a few entertaining, oddball characters who pass into and out of the farm – some never to be seen again – just like any horse operation. Same as the horses.

Indeed, Harris shares anecdotes and experiences from her early days that many a horseman might not fess up to, but she also admits to being new to the world of horse breeding. We all had to start somewhere!


Horses Never Lie About Love
by Jana Harris
B-Format Paperback, Dec 2011, 288pp
Available from Amazon
ISBN: 9781742610856

Jana Harris is an award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer, and creative writing teacher. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the PEN West Center Book Award, Harris won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2001. Her writing consistently attracts attention at the highest level. She now lives with her husband in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they raise horses.


Back cover: 

The heartwarming story of a remarkable horse who changed the world around her

When Jana Harris first laid eyes on a beautiful mare named True Colors, something about her and the way she guarded her foal spoke to Harris.

But when True Colors was delivered to Harris’ ranch three months later, she was unrecognizable. She had gone feral, run away, and been recaptured. Terrified of people, she was head-shy from the infected sores on her face and sensed demons hiding in everything from the scent of fabric softener on clothes to a gate in a fence.

But there were glimmers of hope: The other horses fell in love with her on sight, just as Harris had. And true to her name and herself, True Colors would never pretend to be something she was not; with her wise, intuitive nature, she would end up changing the lives of everyone she encountered, animal and human.

Horses Never Lie About Love is the story of this remarkable horse and the revelations about life and love that she gave Harris over the course of their decades together. There is a famous horseman’s saying: A horse never lies about pain. But maybe we should also consider: A horse never lies about love.




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  1. Haylee Sameera says:

    Horses are Beautiful, Speculator, Gracious, Amazing, Free Moving Powerful animals.
    They have Wonderful Adorable Cute foals, that are born in different colours with different characteristics :)
    You can ride your horse in different types of sport that would suit the horse’s abilities: Dressage, Showjumping, Cross Country, Carriage Driving, Polo, Vaulting, Endurance, Or you may want to Trek and do Pleasure Riding, Plus many more Equestrian sports.
    They are Loyal friend that you can trust, and they trust you back, you can train them to do about anything you want basically.
    There all sorts of breeds in the world and they are all special in their own ways :) That’s why I love Horses because of what you can achieve with them.

  2. lisa clatworthy says:

    Would add to above comment and storyline. Horses dont lie about anything!. Actions always speak louder than words and horses have an amazing way of showing us love, fear, excitement etc, When you are truly in-tune with your horse it’s an amazing journey. Love is just the beginning.

  3. Janine says:

    Sounds like a good read

  4. Sarah Hamilton says:

    One of the reasons we love horses so much – their lack of guile! unlike humans who can be hard to read with all of our complex multilayered communications. This book sounds entertaining and educative and I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Karena says:

    Sounds like a great book. Horses change all our lives for the better.

  6. caro says:

    love my mare just as much, she and I have had our ups and downs, and accidents, but we have been on a long journey together, that’s still going, and I hope will be for a long time

  7. RH says:

    That sounds like an awesome book :)

  8. Arnold Chamove says:

    Horses “redirect” aggression much like other animals. is this a lie?

  9. Saleme says:

    I love the stories that aren’t all facts but have great wee stories to go along with it. Sounds like a must read!!!

  10. Dorina Bochow says:

    I think my horse loves me – well, at least when I bring food :-)

  11. Katt Roberts says:

    Sounds like a great book, would be very keen to read it. And I’m sure those who are horse owners would benefit their horses by reading it.

  12. Amy says:

    Makes me think of my head mare!

  13. Sandy says:

    That’s what I like about horses the most – their love is honest. The more I learn about horse psychology, the more I understand my horses! A horse doesn’t know what a lie is! Human’s invented the lie and continue to perfect it (unfortunately). Animals don’t lie, they illustrate human lies! There is never ‘a problem horse’ it’s a horse with human problems inflicted upon it!

  14. Diane says:

    I read this book and enjoyed quite a bit. The only thing I didn’t like was the silly title!

  15. Carly says:

    Horses- the great equilizers, never letting you get too big for your boots! How could one possibly live without them?

  16. Ade Janek (GG Ade) says:

    I am a Horse Whisperer but in actual fact our beloved horses heal us. They read our emotions and are a wiser being than us. I only started doing this at the age of 45yrs wasn’t easy especially when I knew virtually nothing about horses. I was taught by my best friend, a quarter horse called Candi. For some reason she stood, helped while a learnt, and realised I coud help these magnificent animals!

  17. Jane says:

    Sounds like a great book!

    The horse is the mirror of your soul.

  18. Linda says:


  19. Katy says:

    These animals are wonderful and they are sweet and caring. They may hurt you sometimes (physically), but they are apologize and still love you.

  20. Tania Dronsfield says:

    I love my horse to bits, they are beautiful and very intelligent creatures, that always want to share their love. Any horsey person won’t deny how loving these animals can be :)

  21. Lyn Marshall says:

    Sounds very interesting and maybe could help bring an understanding with all animals.

  22. Barb says:

    Horses arn’t our whole lives, but they make our life whole :)

  23. Wendy says:

    Honesty and truth are words not often applied by riders. They are usually more interested in words like ‘performance, prize and possession’ so if Horses Never Lie About Love they never lie about us either.

  24. Sharon says:

    Sounds like a good read. I hope I win a copy.

  25. Gill says:

    This sounds like a heart warming read. Aren’t horses amazing how they are prepared to give us their unconditional love no matter what.

  26. Anya says:

    Harris was blessed seeing this mares True Colors.

  27. Eloise says:

    Can’t wait to read it! Interaction with all animals is restorative, nothing better than coming home form a hard day at work & taking my horse out for a ride.

  28. Juliet says:

    There is nothing like the unconditional love of an animal

  29. Sue says:

    I love anything to do with animal behaviour, especially horses. They can certainly teach you a lot if you truly try to understand them.

  30. Amy says:

    My mares keep me together :)

  31. Deanna says:

    My horses and ponies certainly keep me in check. There is nothing like “time wasting” watching mares and their foals interacting with each other and people 😉

  32. Kate says:

    Sounds like a great book. Will put this on my wishlist..

  33. Teresa says:

    Without my horses I would be lost. They are my best friends. I would move heaven and earth for them

  34. sandie says:

    my horse doesnt lie.. she knows excactly how to talk to me whan she wants something too! psst ..grass ..over there..Now! .. when shes chilled out it just magic:)

  35. janine W says:

    Horses always try to tellus what at times we dont want to hear, because if we did it would change what they would do, some are screaming out for us to listen and are classed as bad, they are no bad horses just bad owners or misguided, anything that helps people understand the horse is good, we are always learning or should be

  36. Lorene says:

    horses are just true to themselves, and I guess what every human being aspires to become. True.

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