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Confessions of a Timid Rider is a nonfiction motivational memoir written by Heather P Wallace. Wallace grew up with an absolute obsession with horses. As a child, she had already made plans to have breeding stables filled with Arabian horses. Her toys of choice were stuffed horses, and her favorite literature, of course -- horses. Whenever there were horse rides at carnivals or parties, she was the first to want to ride. Her big and long-awaited adventure came when she was nine years old. The family was on vacation in Arizona, and her dad had turned into a driveway for a stable yard advertising trail rides. Wallace was the first to be mounted and ready to ride. Her pony was gray, her favorite color. Suddenly her confidence took a nosedive, and panic set in. Her little sister caught on to her older sister’s fear, and the two girls began sobbing on their patient steeds until they were helped to dismount. Wallace’s first ride in the desert never did happen, but she did spend the time, while her dad rode the trails, grooming her gray pony and falling ever more deeply in love with all things equine.
Heather P Wallace’s nonfiction memoir, Confessions of a Timid Rider, is a marvelous and inspirational work written by an author who has repeatedly faced her fears and accepted the inevitable setbacks as they occur, and still has managed to live her dreams. I loved reading about her experiences with her horses, especially Earthly Delights. Her frank and honest discussions about anxiety and the “what-ifs” that can work to deprive one of their self-confidence are quite helpful, and I’m sure anyone who reads this remarkable book will see themselves in at least some of Wallace’s work. Readers are fortunate indeed in Wallace’s other love being writing, which she does well. Her memoir is a joy to read. I finished it having learned a lot about horse and equine behavior, but I also was a witness to her triumph over that timid aspect of herself on almost every page. Wallace’s courage and resilience is something to cheer about, and her memoir records it brilliantly. Confessions of a Timid Rider is most highly recommended.