Think you know ‘Horse Girls’? These writers would like a word

A new anthology offers essays by Jane Smiley, Carmen Maria Machado and many others that explode the popular trope of white, privileged equestrians.

Think You Know 'Horse Girls'? These Writers Would Like A Word

Los Angeles Times – by Margaret Wappler

Before reading the outstanding anthology “Horse Girls,” edited by Halimah Marcus, I had always puzzled over my time with horses in rural Alabama. From ages 5 to 10, I had cut kudzu trails with Brownie, the smallest of my neighbor’s equine rescue animals. To break me in, Mrs. Cook and I rode bareback with no helmets, nothing but a few pointers (heels down, back straight). I didn’t know enough to be scared. One day, I thought, I’d get to ride Mrs. Cook’s biggest horse, Cinnamon, who bridled with opinions and attitude, qualities I was accused of having too much of myself.

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