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Elaine Heney

The Galway Connemara | The Autobiography of an Irish Connemara Pony - HARDCOVER

The Galway Connemara | The Autobiography of an Irish Connemara Pony - HARDCOVER

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In a field beside the wild, rugged Atlantic coastline of Galway, a Connemara pony called Lir is born. In this heartwarming autobiography, Lir tells the story of his life in his own words, from his early days as a playful foal, through the many chapters of his life - from showjumping, eventing and dressage yards to riding stables and family homes all around Ireland. “The Galway Connemara” is a treasure trove of horse training knowledge and practices. Through Lir's eyes, readers learn the importance of treating animals with empathy, kindness and respect. Join Lir as he navigates the ups and downs of his life, making friends, learning lessons and searching for his forever home. This book is a must-read for readers aged 12 and above, their parents, all horse owners and riders. 

Elaine Heney is the #1 best-selling author, award-winning film-maker, director of Grey Pony Films, and creator of the 'Listening to the Horse™' documentary. She has helped over 120,000+ horse owners in 113 countries to create thoughtful relationships with their horses.

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 290

Publisher: Grey Pony Films, Feb 21 2024.


 “This is such a great story. This book evokes a great range of emotions in the reader from sadness, outrage at inhumane treatment of animals, to joy and happiness. The story of Lir's life is so interesting and he has many owners and does a lot of different things. I highly recommend this book. It is like an Irish version of Black Beauty.” Susan F.

 “A truly eye opening, informative read for all. I enjoyed reading this book so much,  I could not put it down. I feel that every equestrian should read this book - it does not matter if you're a rider, trainer, or horse owner. It was truly a lesson - to listen, respect and love each and every horse, not as an object but as the loving, smart and amazing animals that they are.” Kendra S.

 “I LOVE the education through the story. This is going to start a huge movement in young riders' treatment and understanding of the horse. Bravo!” Gillian W.

 “A heart-warming story as told by Lir the Connemara pony. A modern Irish version of our old childhood favourite, Black Beauty. This has all the twists and turns you'd expect in the life of a horse.” Audrey C

 “An absorbing story of a horse's life directly from his perspective, with some thrilling twists and turns along the way. I loved everything about this book and couldn't put it down! A true must read for anyone who has ever loved, or who has ever wondered what it was like, to love a horse. Five stars!” Niamh D. 

 “This is a well written story that follows a horse from birth through retirement. The author didn’t shy away from hard truths of the horse industry. Touching on tough training methods and the sad reality of horses moving from home to home. Having the story told through the eyes of the horse added a unique and special touch.” Bronwyn H. 

 “I loved the entire book.” Denise I.

 “So very accurate to real life.“ Lyndsey O’Toole 

“Couldn’t put it down!!” Suzanne H.

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