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Packing My Bags: Two Sides to the Story of a Life with Horses

Packing My Bags: Two Sides to the Story of a Life with Horses

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Author  Julie Ulrich

A book that entertains and teaches by turns, as a renowned horsewoman entwines stories from her remarkable life with horses with the classical lessons she learned along the way.

From bareback romps on a Shetland Pony that bit her and dumped her in a water trough, to the top show jumpers she schooled and competed, and the winning “diamonds in the rough” she plucked out of obscurity and trained, the trajectory of horsewoman Julie Ulrich’s life has followed a star-lit path of horses and stables and riding arenas across the globe. Say a name of a classical master or a leading rider of the past century, and the likelihood is high that she has brushed shoulders with, learned from, taught, or trained a horse for that equestrian.

And so, it makes good sense that Ulrich should not only wish to share some of her adventures—her wins and losses, successes and hardships—but that she would assemble them in a unique manner that best showcases the two sides of who she really is: an incredibly hard worker with a sharp sense of humor; an eager adventurer who also loves teaching, and above all, believes in the value of a life lived for horses. 

This "two-sided approach" means that, as readers laugh at her witty asides, they’ll also glean an authentic understanding of the horsemanship ideals that weave together equestrian sport’s past with its present. They’ll learn the names of movers and shakers and players and playmakers within the industry, and they’ll come to value the relationships that are at the heart of anyone’s success in the horse world.

Between chapters, Ulrich summons the extraordinary teaching talent for which she might be best known and provides practical guidance and instruction on numerous topics, including:

Rider balance and position.
Training methodology.
Half-halts and improving the use of horse’s hind legs.
Communication between rider and horse.
And more.
Using the multiple moves she terms “new beginnings” as her guideposts, Ulrich ensures readers understand that starting over and starting again and starting something new aren’t precipices to avoid but opportunities to grow and change, and with horses, they are usually unavoidable. So you might as well ride forward with gusto.

Rich with horse world history and chock full of invaluable wisdom gained over a lifetime of serious study and application, Ulrich’s “memoir plus” is for every person who sat on a horse and thought, “I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

Paperback  272 pages
Size 6 x 9 inches

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