Just about any time somebody catches up a horse, there is a story in the works. Thoroughbred or bronc, work horse or saddle horse, they all seem to share that unpredictability that lends the laughter and suspense vital to any good tale. Over the years particular horses, horse people and horse situations have risen head and withers above the rest:
* Beady Bob has second thoughts after two freckle-faced boys conscript him and his VW bus to transport Silver down the road: the horse, confined to the van, hammers home a couple of hard truths
* A theatre director shows how a horse can add elements of drama to the live action scenes of an outdoor children's play
* A young man learns a lesson or two when he tries to teach a pair of buckskins to ride, pack and drive; unfortunately, the lumbering wagon behind the horses terrifies them into instant runaways
* The search for a lost trail tests the mettle of a couple of riders: the combines effects of the heat, the insects, the bear track and the dust take their toll on the friendship and the situation disintegrates into hilarious chaos
* Suburban Blue chomps his way through a carefully groomed, upscale urban garden while the outraged lady of the house looks on helplessly, unable to expand her repertoire of horse commands beyond ''shoo''
* A couple of rookies learn the hard way how to break a team--as they rocket overland in a rowboat.
No one tells these stories better than Jim Nelson, whose fourteen favorites collected here create an unforgettable book.