Dr Gustafson's Equine Behavior class, University of Guelph
Interview with the equine behaviour educator
Register for Dr Gustafson's upcoming Equine Behavior Class, University of Guelph
Learn to see as the horse sees.
Horse Behaviour; The Nature of Horses
Dr Gustafson's latest book. Get to know your horses from their perspective.
Dr Gustafson's NYTimes journalism
The Rail; Horseracing in America
Sid's novels and books
Author page, Amazon.com
Sid's writing interview with Brine Publishing
Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes
A Veterinarian's Take
Dr Gustafson's blog
Drugs and Racehorses
DrSid's NYTimes piece from 2008
Swift Dam, a new novel, Purchase Now
The Flood of '64, What Horses Know
Read the answers to
Dr Sid's Equine Behavior Q&A
with the AAEP.
For prosperity horses require abundant
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.