Horses are our most mobile friends. They take us on a spin around the park, help us reach our travel destinations, and are loyal race competitors.
There are over 300 horse breeds around the world, but we’ve narrowed the three that appear in Leigh Hearon’s new Carson Stables Mystery, REINING IN MURDER.
Ponies, particularly Shetland and Welsh breeds, are not just a girl’s nagging birthday wish. With their short stature and gentle behavior, they are great for young beginners into horseback riding. Fuzzy and huggable, it will be hard to pull her away from its smooth, glossy coat.
For intermediate riders, Thoroughbreds are a sensible choice for developing your horseback skills. Their swift legs kick lengthy jumps, yet help you practice slow cruising. They are the common breeds for recreational horseback, and romantic carriage rides around a lake.
The American Quarter Horse is the most versatile breed, and well-respected by beginners and advanced riders! They are docile, yet are speedy and nimble for racing. Adult beginners may appreciate their placid gallops, and ability to increase speed at the rider’s pace.
When horse trainer Annie Carson rescues a beautiful thoroughbred from a roadside rollover, she knows the horse is lucky to be alive…unlike the driver. After rehabilitating the injured animal at her Carson Stables ranch, Annie delivers the horse to Hilda Colbert–the thoroughbred’s neurotic and controlling owner–only to find she’s been permanently put out to pasture. Two deaths in three days is unheard of in the small Olympic Peninsula county, and Annie decides to start sniffing around. She’s confident she can track down a killer…but she may not know how ruthless this killer really is…
About the Author
Leigh Hearon began her own P.I. agency, Leigh Hearon Investigative Services, and was an avid rider of horses throughout her childhood. She currently has a Saddlebred mare, Jolie Jeune Femme, and enjoys watching two rescue mares cavort on a 55-acre farm she shares with her husband. Visit her on the web at www.leighhearon.com.