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Dancer On The Grass: True Stories About Horses and People
By Teresa Tsimmu Martino
Martino’s luminous account of her lifelong love affair with horses is a moving, fiercely lyrical spiritual autobiography.... Her tales of healing, survival and love indicate that we have much to learn from our equine friends.

--Publishers Weekly, December 6, 1999

I met my first horse when I could barely walk. At two years old, I stumbled into a pasture, drawn to the wonder of the tall yellow stallion. He stood patiently as I gripped his legs in my hands, and pulled my self upright. That was my first gift from a horse---support. Later, my relieved parents found me, and it was no surprise to them that my life turned into a career with the four-legged spirits that grace the grass.

So begins Teresa Martino’s book on her life with horses---a life rich with adventurous and touching stories that speak to every animal lover. For more than 35 years, Martino has lived and worked with horses, hearing their stories, learning their lessons---from the gentle pony to the angry stallion. In Dancer on the Grass, Martino writes of Casey the horse who jumped a teenage girl over her mother’s sports car as a rite of passage; Icy the immortal horse who embodied the circle of life; Inniskim, the wild stallion from the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana; and The Corinthian who defined what it is to be a champion. From classic dressage to bone-breaking cross-country jumping, Martino writes lovingly and humorously of the equine lifestyle. And how profound the relationship between horse and human can be. In Martino’s world, both horses and people are as “varied as the stars.” And no less inspiring.

Includes line drawings by the author.

OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR:
LEARNING FROM EAGLE, LIVING WITH COYOTE
THE WOLF, THE WOMAN, THE WILDERNESS: A TRUE STORY OF RETURNING HOME

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Martino and an equine friend

Praise for
Dancer on the Grass

Teresa Martino’s lively and compelling celebration of the human-horse bond is at once keenly observed, sharp witted, and deeply moving. Dancer on the Grass is not just a story of a woman and horses. It is a primer on the survival skills and fine art of any true partnership.

--Brenda Peterson, Author, Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals


Dancer on the Grass is haunting, funny, rich in imagery, but more important---real to the bone. Teresa Martino shares a communion with animals that leaves me longing and spellbound. If you have every loved to bend over the strong back of a horse and feel the ground race beneath you at a gallop, while the wind whips our hair into a raging tangle, and your soul sings in your throat---or if you have just loved the idea of such a ride---you will find a kindred wild sister in Teresa Martino.

--Susan McElroy
Author, Animals as Teachers & Healers: True Stories and Reflections


Dancer on the Grass is a page-turner, true stories that read as well and are as exciting as a good novel. The characters are truly characters---driven, humorous, flesh, blood, strong and determined. As Teresa says, it is as if for some people the love for horses is in the DNA. These are stories everyone will care for, told passionately at times, and at other times, told with tenderness.

--Linda Hogan
Author, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

 

Teresa Tsimmu Martino

Teresa tsimmu Martino lives on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, trains horses, and is the director of Wolftown, a nonprofit organization founded by Martino that is dedicated to wolf and horse rescue. Martino founded the nonprofit organization, Wolftown, which is dedicated to horse and wolf rescue. The horses are rescued from abusive homes and situations, abandoned by previous owners, injured at the racetrack and ready to be sold overseas as horsemeat, and sometimes from the wild. Wolftown also works with young people, some facing their own personal crises, to teach them compassion and empathy while caring for the animals. Young people who volunteer at Wolftown witness, firsthand, how animals respond to love and compassion, and they, too, learn to love and be kind. Martino uses the balance and wisdom of the animals as well to teach the kids, who are healing from their own emotional injuries.

If you are interested in learning more about Wolftown, Teresa Martino is interested in sharing her vision with you. You can visit the Wolftown website http://www.wolftown.org

 


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