Horse Tales: True Stories from an Idaho Ranch

Idaho author Heather Smith Thomas’s latest book, Horse Tales: True Stories from an Idaho Ranch, launched this month. The book, published by the Colorado media venture The Frontier Project Inc., is a collection of 22 non-fiction stories about the horses that helped define Thomas’s life in the ranch country outside Salmon, Idaho.

“This book is about the horses in my life,” Thomas wrote in the preface to Horse Tales. “They all had very different personalities and each one taught me a lot–not just about horses and riding, but about life and responsibility, patience, respect and trust, consistency and perseverance.”

Thomas is the author of 20 books and countless articles on horsemanship, stockmanship and animal health care. Each story in Horse Tales centers on the author’s experiences with a specific animal and is infused with lessons on life, family and stockmanship. Together, the stories comprise a beautiful memoir about a remarkable life with horses, and offer a unique glimpse into ranch life in rural Idaho.

The 282-page book, priced at $24.95, will be available at,, and other online retailers.

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