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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Many of you are probably aware that the wonderful modern thoroughbred is descended from three Arabian horses. One of them was called the Byerley Turk. Now days, the horse racing industry is very picky about recording bloodlines but no one really knows the real bloodlines of the Byerley Turk and if he was a purebred Arabian or not. He was a spoil of war and such a magnificent stallion that, when the British defeated the Turks at the Siege of Buda in 1688, a British captain by the name of Robert Byerley took the horse from a Turkish officer. (I know, I know, that is NOT very nice but war is NOT nice.)

The Byerley Turk continued to serve as a war horse but for the other side! After the war, he was retired and put out to stud. With the lovely mares he was bred to, he produced many great race horses who carried on his bloodlines, whether they were pure or not!


The following review is from Author, blogger and horsewoman SHARON MINER. I so appreciate her wonderful evaluation.

The book, In the Heart of a Mustang by MJ Evans, is the type of horse novel I love to read, one with an interesting protagonist, an endearing theme without being preaching, a detailed setting and cast of characters the reader won't forget.

When 15 year-old Hunter learns that his mother has lied to him about his father, he retaliates by running away and making the wrong sort of friends on the street. To avoid trouble with the court, his grandfather suggests they send Hunter to a boy's ranch in Arizona and grandpa will pay for his stay.

Hunter is not impressed with Promise Ranch at first, and especially when he meets the other at-risk boys and staff including the head cowboy, a horse trainer for the wild mustangs that the ranch adopts. But slowly he learns about life lessons, even after a personal tragedy.

This is a fantastic story for everyone, not just horse lovers. It's one of the best coming of age novels I've ever read!

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You can get In the Heart of a Mustang on my website: , on amazon and Barnes and Noble. Print and ebook versions available.