Sid's latest Horse racing journalism, The Breeder's Cup
Sid's New York Times Journalism
Horse Racing in America
Horse Behaviour; The Nature of Horses
Dr Gustafson's latest non-fiction book. Get to know your horses from the equine perspective.
Dr Gustafson's Equine Behavior class, University of Guelph
Interview with the equine behaviour educator
Dr Gustafson's NYTimes journalism
The Rail; Horseracing in America
Sid's novels and books
Author page, Amazon.com
A Veterinarian's Take
Dr Gustafson's blog
Drugs and Racehorses
DrSid's NYTimes piece from 2008
Swift Dam, available at your local bookstore, or here, from Open Books Publishing as a book or ebook!
“Sid writes with a dedicated sense of place and change. Swift Dam is native lore from the poetic heart of Montana, a water manifesto.” Jim Harrison, novelist and poet, author of Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Dead Man’s Float
Review of the novel Swift Dam
Swift Dam rises to #1 in literary fiction on Author's Den! The best novels, however one defines them and judges them, include the knowledge of something we’ve known little about on the level of expertise that the practitioners have. Consider “Moby Dick.” In this novel Moby Dick is a monumental rebuilt dam and the special knowledge is about horses and veterinary meds and instruments. Flesh of several kinds.
Swift Dam, in a fine bookstore near you
If your bookstore does not have the novel, you can order Swift Dam from Open Books
Read the answers to
Dr Sid's Equine Behavior Q&A
with the AAEP.
For prosperity horses require abundant
Swift Dam, a new novel, amazon link
The Flood of '64, What Horses Know
In Search of Montana Horseracing
From Yellowstone Downs to the Crow river horses of the Little Big Horn
A Solution to Horse Racing's Medication Problems
Sid's latest New York Times story
Montana Quarterly Magazine
Book Review, Spring ‘07
Horses They Rode
By Sid Gustafson
Riverbend Publishing, 288 pages
Reviewed by Justin Easter
Bozeman author and veterinarian Sid Gustafson has the rare ability to take you from your seat and place you directly in his novel.
He accomplishes this in Horses They Rode not with the all-too-common literary tactics we are used to, but through the use of fascinating imagery. While giving the reader familiar points in Montana to use as reference, Gustafson transports his readers into a different countryside than the one we see from our windows.
Gustafson brings his reader into a world where Indians and cowboys live together, and before the novel even progresses, the affect of this relationship, however strained, is evident to the reader. The nomadic qualities of Gustafson’s characters echo throughout the novel and resonate in any reader who has felt an itch for exploration.
If you are interested in opening a book that will captivate your imagination while encouraging introspection, you need not look further than Horses They Rode. You may put this novel down wondering about the spirit of the mountains, the relationships you have with people around you, or even the relationship you have with yourself. This is, of course, not surprising when you realize Gustafson is using his own experiences to masterfully shape his characters.
Expect to read one of the finer stories related to quickly dissipating Montana culture, and one of the most impressive novels written by a Montana author this year. Hold on to your emotions, because there will most likely be an instant when Gustafson is able to open your mind in a way that is truly fascinating.